90 Days … of Wisdom for the Christian life

Keller & Allberry Wisdom

Keller & Allberry Wisdom

This book on wisdom is meant to take the reader through 90 days of Bible study, reflection, and prayer for a section of John’s gospel, Paul’s letter to the Romans, and James’ letter. It was furnished for review gratis by an excellent publisher, The Good Book Company and Cross-Focused Reviews. Thank you.

On the plus side, the authors seem orthodox in their grasp of Scripture and the resulting theology / doctrine that authentically flows from that. This book would be useful as a light, very basic introduction to those important portions of Scripture. Also format and production qualities are good.

But for me, due to its introductory level it was not too compelling being primarily suitable for those newer to the faith. Overall ~ 3.3 stars I suppose. Both authors have written other useful, helpful works.

Martin Luther, Simonetta Carr

OVERVIEW OF MARTIN LUTHER:  Martin Luther, Carr

This book (on Martin Luther) is another in Simonetta Carr’s carefully researched, well vetted / written / produced series “Christian Biographies for Young Readers”. It displays the same meticulous research, helpful photos and drawings, and excellent production values found in the other volumes of this series. Additionally, at the end it includes 5 pages of vignettes, a timeline of Martin Luther’s life, a three Q&As from Luther’s Small Catechism. A copy of this book was provided gratis by Reformation Heritage Press and Cross-Focused Reviews for a review – thank you!

INTERACTION:  One of the helpful things about Ms. Carr’s books is the pertinent historical context and detail she gives, along with facts and events of the subject’s life, thinking, motives, actions, and emotions. I gleaned some valuable bits of historical information about Dr. Luther and the cultural, theological setting of ~ 16th century central Germany in which he found himself. At that time, the culture of Western Europe was being greatly impacted by a new technology (the printing press which revolutionized access to knowledge, much like the computers / internet revolution of our day), leading directly led to seminal artistic, scientific, philosophical, and theological inquiry and thinking. Those changes were to blow the doors off the well-advanced devolution / corruption of Christian thinking, worship, and living that had gradually accrued over the preceding millennium or so, most clearly embodied in the dominant Roman Catholic theology, dogma, practices, and ethics.

CONCLUSION:  Considering the current, widespread historical ignorance of our Christian heritage and teaching (not to mention of history in general), this book is a small but needed antidote that will help children and adults form a more accurate understanding and appreciation of one important person God used in the New Testament church to effect a radical, much needed reformation of thinking and practice. Overall, it is hard to find any negatives in this book, although perhaps a Luther scholar might want to include, exclude, or change some things. But it serves its teaching purpose very well for its target audience. As with her other books, highly recommended.

QUOTES / RESOURCES:  “More and more he realized that the ‘righteousness of God’ (in Romans 1:17) … is not a righteousness that God demands, but a righteousness God gives in Jesus Christ … Little did he realize … that the doctrine of justification by faith alone would become the foundation of what later would be called the Protestant faith” P. 24

Good and Angry, Powlison

OVERVIEW: Do you have an anger problem?  Are you an angry person down deep?  If you said no, you may not know yourself very well.  Now we have this excellent, insightful book from Dr. Powlison, a counselor of 40 years who in ~ 230 pages (4 sections and 17 chapters) […] Read more »

Pastor Paul – From his pen

Pastor Paul “From the Pen of Pastor Paul” is a medium-sized, well-produced, non-technical paperback commentary by EP Books (an increasingly valuable publisher in England) of ~ 330 pages divided into 32 chapters of two major sections corresponding to the Apostle Paul’s two letters to the church in Thessalonica, a result […] Read more »

A Lost God in a Lost World

OVERVIEW:In nine well written, easily read chapters (~ 150 pages total), Tinker, an Anglican vicar (pastor) in northeast England, uses the theme “When God…”, to address central gospel truths of God in relationship to fallen (unbelieving, prideful, rebellious, idolatrous, etc.) man, as taught in Holy Scripture. He somewhat follows a […] Read more »

A Well Ordered Church

INTRO: This is a medium-sized, well-produced paperback by EP Books of almost 200 pages, divided into 4 sections (Identity, Authority, Ecumenicity, Activity) containing 11 chapters.  It approaches the important topic of the church being divinely ordered, empowered, and vibrantly healthy from a Reformed (biblical, apostolic, catholic Protestant) perspective and uses […] Read more »

Marie Durand

OVERVIEW:This is the 9th in Simonetta Carr’s exceptionally well researched / written, excellently produced non-fiction series, “Christian Biographies for Young Children”. Like the other volumes in this series, it is a large format ~ (10”W x 8“H) quality hardback of ~ 60 pages with helpful photos, artwork, and of course […] Read more »

History, Law, and Christianity

BRIEF OVERVIEW:This short paperback (~ 100 pages) of two sections (historical and legal analysis) was originally written ~ 50 years ago (since updated) and has two appendices. The author, Dr. John Montgomery, wrote this condensed apologetic to hit certain highlights of argumentation about the value of the New Testament documents […] Read more »

Ulrich Zwingli

BRIEF OVERVIEW:This smallish format paperback, one in the series of ‘Bitesize Biographies’, in ~ 160 pages, 12 chapters, and one appendix presents a factually laden account of one of the early Swiss reformers, a Roman priest who became an influential, biblically reformed pastor, political leader, and military chaplain. The author […] Read more »

Library: May 2015

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul and strength”  We are off to an excellent start with 18 registered members (individuals or families) and 10 (~ 25%) of original items loaned out to them. Thanks to several generous donations (and some yet to […] Read more »