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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Gospel for Real Life - Jerry Bridges

I must first admit that I have enjoyed all of Jerry Bridge's books in the past, reading The Pursuit of Holiness many years ago, and he is on my favorite authors list. His writing is always clear, to the point, and easy to follow. Jerry is currently a part of the Navigator Collegiate Ministry Group and staff development.
In the Gospel For Real Life, he points out how the Gospel relates to our everyday living in this world, and how we can make a difference. In the Preface, he encourages us to "preach the gospel to ourselves every day." He intends this book to be "Gospel 101" not just for new believers, but for Christians at any stage of maturity.
There is a guide for individual or group study of 8 units covering 2 chapters each, with questions that relate to subjects in each chapter. This book comes recommended by such authors as Chuck Colson and R.C. Sproul. The back cover asks the question "What difference does the Gospel make?" Jerry Bridges answers that it makes a tremendous amount of difference and how you and I can be a part of it. I would recommend this book to both new believers and anyone else who would like to learn how to relate the Gospel to our everyday life.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Max on Life - Max Lucado

Answers and insights to your most important questions. This book consists of 172 questions answered bu author Max Lucado. Some material appears in prevoius books and articles. The questions are catagorized in chapters titled hope, hurt, help, home, and hereafter. The answers are honest, Bible-based, and come from many years of experience and lots of thought. They all sound like a seasoned pastor that has actually had these questions asked in email, letter, or in person and contain some very good advice to those that are struggling with these issues. Some, however, may need more than just a one page answer, and my hope is that those that need further advice would seek it out. They may need more that just reading the answer in a book to get them through a difficult time. However, good, solid, Bible-based advice is surely needed at this time and welcome. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for answers to questions they, friends or family members may have.
Fans of Max Lucado may have heard some of this advice before, but others may be reading it for the first time. Either way, it's worth the read.