Book Reviews

Here are links and brief descriptions of my reviews of books that I have found to be the most helpful in making true followers of Jesus and equipping them to make other disciples. To read the full review, click on the book title or the cover photo.

I will be adding reviews of a few of the choicest new books from time to time. The next addition will be Ken Myers’ All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes, which has been recently republished with a new introduction. Each review (except the last), includes a link to purchase the book. I receive nothing for these recommendations, except the joy of knowing that they help others make disciples of Jesus.

Love into Light: the Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church                                               by Peter Hubbard

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Most of us believe that we should “love the sinner, but hate the sin” when it comes to our belief about homosexuals. But how do we do that? Peter Hubbard explains how his church moved from silence to faithful and compassionate action. Hubbard’s explanation of how personal change is accomplished is extremely helpful, not only for Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction, but all of us.

Meet the Skeptic: a Field Guide to Faith Conversations                                                         by Bill Foster

What do you do when you find yourself talking to a skeptical non-Christian about God book-cvr-blogand the Bible, and you can’t think of anything convincing to say? This is the most helpful tool that I have ever come across. Foster gives a simple framework for understanding the four ways that skeptics express unbelief. He then offers a simple, memorable process for using probing questions that can lead to meaningful Gospel conversations.

The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence                      by Thabiti Anyabwile

Gospel for MuslimsMost Christians are afraid to talk to Muslims and are intimidated by the theological expertise they think is required. In The Gospel for Muslims, Anyabwile, a former Muslim, shows why every Christian who understands the Gospel is equipped to share it with Muslims.

 

Love Wins: a book about Heaven, Hell, and the fate of every person who has ever lived by Rob Bell

Because of its seriously flawed theology, I do not recommend Love Wins. But Bell did ignite a controversy that should push fundamentalists and evangelicals to constructively engage others who struggle with the problem of sin and God’s judgment. I attempt to lay out some thinking to help us do that in my review, God Wins: a positive response to Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins.

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