Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Martin Luther In His Own Words: Essential Writings of the Reformation - by Jack D. Kilcrease & Erwin W. Lutzer, Editors
About the book:
"Didn't he write the Ninety-Five Theses?"
Though most Protestants--approximately 900 million believers worldwide--trace their spiritual roots back to the Reformation, many people today have only a vague knowledge of Martin Luther's extensive writings. Jack Kilcrease and Erwin Lutzer step into this vacuum with Martin Luther in His Own Words, a carefully selected collection of Luther's works.
Organized around the five solas of the Reformation (sola Scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, sola Christus, soli Deo gloria), the selections offer readers an accessible primer on works that are foundational to the theology of Protestantism in all its forms. An introduction to each writing includes an explanation of its historical context and theological significance.
Students of the Bible, pastors, teachers, and seminary students will find this collection an enlightening introduction to Luther in his own words and a useful addition to their libraries.
This was an interesting and informative book featuring some of the key ideas Martin Luther wrote about. I really appreciated the introduction to each chapter that gave some of the background and circumstances surrounding the writing along with a short summary. A lot of the things he said were pretty amazing considering the time in which he wrote them. He didn't mince words calling out the pope. priests, etc., for the way they were leading people astray, especially for saying we depend on works to get to Heaven, instead of on God's grace. I knew his life was in danger, but hadn't realized how confrontational he was. I also never knew that he wrote so much or that he translated the Bible into German, the language of the people. I also found it interesting to learn about some of the practices the Catholic Church was enforcing, such as not being able to eat certain foods at certain times of the year and actually calling it a sin if you did so. I learned a lot about some of the theological views present then and now; this book really made me think more deeply about my faith. My favorite chapters were about freedom, the views of Christ's suffering and how Christ took our sin. I would recommend this book if you're interested in Martin Luther, the Reformation or theology!
I received this book free from Baker Books.
Jack D. KilcreaseJack D. Kilcrease (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of historical and systematic theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology. He is a church elder at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. He is the author of The Self-Donation of God: A...
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Erwin W. LutzerErwin W. Lutzer (BTh, Winnipeg Bible College; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago. He has led tours to the sites of the Reformation in Europe, including Wittenberg, Worms, Geneva, and Zurich. He is the ECPA Gold...
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Monday, June 19, 2017
About the book:
Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.
While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.
Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all?
This was a wonderful story with an intriguing plot and characters I loved. Evelyn was a selfless, caring woman with a painful secret that caused her to push men away. David is drawn to Evelyn despite her distant demeanor and wanted to help her with the women and children of the Red Light District. I loved how he jumped in even though he was new to town and new to this kind of ministry. He really seemed to care about both their physical and spiritual needs. He wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. I also loved that he liked and knew how to cook! He did struggle to stand up to his father, however, who he worked for. I really admired Evelyn's selflessness and her belief in a good God, no matter what she was going through. She really had faith and believed that if God said no, it was because He had something better planned. I got a little frustrated with her for listening to someone who did not have her best interests in mind, but it all worked out for the best. I liked the theme of waiting on God's perfect timing. It was nice to see characters from the previous book, which I also loved, but this worked nicely as a stand-alone. There's some romance. I highly recommend this well-written historical novel!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.
Melissa JagearsCarol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
My Review of The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race Blog Tour and $75 Amazon Giveaway with Mike Mizrahi!
About the author:
Mike Mizrahi has a master's degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Boston University. After a career in corporate public affairs, he retired to pursue a deep passion: writing.
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Sunday, June 4, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
I enjoyed this book that was a memoir and christian living title rolled into one. It interested me partly for the last name because I'm familiar with her father's books, but I ultimately chose it because I wanted to experience Oxford through a person's eyes who was more than a tourist since she was going to live there for a year, but not really a resident. I was also intrigued by her faith journey because I could relate to growing up in the church and being used to that culture, then going out into the world and meeting people who didn't grow up that way or had left that way behind. The culture shock in England, though, was part of what she had to deal with, along with the way society views religion and faith over there. I didn't have as jarring an experience.
I liked how she thought deeply about things and found meaning and metaphor in different situations. One of the stories she tells is about a battery being stolen from the headlamp on her bike and how it was required to have a light. A friend of hers rode in front of her for weeks so she would have light to see by and she compares that to faith and how we don't do it alone. She talked about people who confused her, who didn't fit neatly into a box, such as her friend, Ben, who used to be a Christian and then had changed his mind. He was a deep thinker and she didn't think he would have made either decision lightly. He made her realize people have more layers than she had thought. I thought it was interesting, too, what she learned at a conference on art and the Christian. Christian should make sure their art portrays the truth, whether it's film-making or music, etc. Maybe instead of thinking of art as Christian or secular, we should ask is it telling the truth or covering up the truth.
I really appreciated her honesty with struggles she had, such as her struggle to share her faith or to even tell people she was a Christian who didn't seem interested and when she had so many doubts and questions of her own. I was also glad for the reminder that our faith isn't static and that we're constantly changing, feeling uncertain, learning and questioning. I could relate a lot to her and her questioning nature and her stories were interesting. She was a talented writer, too, with a poetic and funny voice. I would recommend this book if you like memoirs about faith!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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