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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why God Won't Go Away - Allister McGrath

Is the new atheism running on empty? Allister McGrath thinks so, and gives compelling reasons why. This book is somewhat of a follow up to his previous book The Dawkins Delusion, in that he has refuted the claims of Dawkins, being an atheist and famous anti-God author. McGrath himself used to be an atheist, and writes from a unique perspective on the issue. Christopher Hitchens is also mentioned as a leader in the new atheist movement.
 I enjoyed this book for many reasons. It is enjoyable to read an intelligent, well written book that debunks the myth of atheism in a systematic way, using their own arguments against them. The author has a unique way of explaining why this movement is false and how dangerous it really is. This book should be read by every Christian who wants to know more about how the enemy is working in our culture today to spread the lies of atheism.
The author is a professor at the King's College, London, formerly from Oxford, and has publicly debated some of the leaders in the new atheist movement. I also recommend his previous book, The Dawkins Delusion for more. Also Ben Stein's movie Expelled has an interview with Richard Dawkins face to face.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Insider - Jim Peterson & Mike Shamy

Bringing the Kingdom of God into your everyday world. How are Christians to be in the world but not of the world and be salt and light? This book attempts to answer these questions and more. "Evangelism is for all of us" the back cover states, and most of us would agree that we need to share the Gospel more right where we are. Sometimes we are called to leave our circumstances, but often we are uniquely positioned to be God's ambassadors right where we are, as an "insider."
This book is broken down into 4 parts, The Insider, Overcoming Obstacles to Fruitfulness, Life Patterns of a Fruitful Insider, and Living as an Insider. I found it full of practical examples of living as an insider and representative of Jesus. The authors also use Biblical examples of those that have been insiders right where they were. Both authors are employed by The Navigators.
I would recommend this book to any Christian who wants to take his or her influence in this world to the next level, and truly be an example to others.
This book is published by Navpress.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Greatest Music Stories Never Told - Rick Beyer

100 tales from music history to astonish, bewilder, and stupefy. This book is an interesting look at 100 songs that cover a very wide range of history from 1400 BC to 2007 AD. Most of the stories behind the songs are unfamiliar to even the most knowledgeable researcher. The book is full of trivia such as what member of the rock group Queen has a PhD in astrophysics? and who wrote the song "Happy Birthday to You?" Each story is told in two pages and is an easy read.  I would recommend this book to any music history buff that wants to know the stories behind many popular songs.
The author is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, who's work has been seen on The History Channel and A&E networks. For videos and songs related to the book visit www.greateststoriesnevertold.com/musiclinks.
The back cover states "They're so good, you can't read just one!" And once you start reading this book, it will be hard to put down.