Book Reviews

Shepherding God’s Flock – Book Review

There are few things as important as it relates to the Church as the leadership structure, yet it is something that many at “ground level” really don’t spend a lot of time talking about. I found “Shepherding God’s Flock” tremendously helpful as it put forth the Theology behind the shepherding of God’s flock as well as discussing the biblical history of leadership beginning in the Old Testament and continuing into the New. I particularly enjoyed reading about the history and development of leadership structures throughout the various Christian traditions. This is tremendously helpful for the modern day leader to see why we are where we are, and the strengths and/or weaknesses in whatever leadership structure in our particular expression of the church.

Each author in this book is writing as a Baptist which could lead some to fear there may be bias in the writing and in the conclusions the authors arrive at. Overall I feel the writers did a decent job of steering clear of this danger, though I wonder if it may have been more beneficial to have a wider variety of authors to represent their particular traditions, though then you would simply receive bias in another direction. Again, this book seems to be very fair in it’s observations.

This book at times reads like a text book, and is a bit academic, but I think it is still accessible to the lay person who is simply interested in the theology and history of church leadership. “Shepherding God’s Flock” is a valuable resource and I would say an important read for the Pastor/Church Leader and especially for the student and aspiring Pastor to see the importance of maintaining a biblical leadership within the church.

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life – Book Review

Active Spirituality: Grace and Effort in the Christian Life is quite honestly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Wonderfully written, and there was so much beautiful theology that drove my heart to worship again and again. The theology was deep and rich, yet it wasn’t above anyone’s head. In this fictional portrayal of the author mentoring a young believer through letters, I think there is a lot here for anyone who loves the things of God to benefit from. Personally, I was encouraged again and again. The struggles this young believer dealt with aren’t limited to new Christians. As I read the letters of encouragement, and sometimes rebuke, to this young man…I too was encouraged in my own walk and spurred on to be faithful in the midst of whatever struggle I was having. I also enjoyed the many references to other works of theology and literature from the great saints past and present. If you’re like me, after reading this book you’ll have an even bigger “to read” pile.

I  can’t recommend this book highly enough.

It’s available for Kindle at just $3.99

Paperback is also available here.

HCSB Large Print Ultrathin, Genuine Cowhide Bible – A Short Review

HCSB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible, Black Genuine Cowhide Legacy Edition

I recently received this beautiful Bible in the mail. I’ve never used a large print Bible before, nor have I ever owned a cowhide Bible, so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect. I was very impressed with both the feel and the look of the Bible. Not only does it feel great to the touch, but the cowhide is very soft and lays flat immediately out of the box. Inside, the text has a great layout that is very easy to read. The large print makes it very easy to read, which is ideal for preaching…especially for myself as I get older. I actually used this Bible to preach last week, and enjoyed it very much.

I’m a lover of the ESV so I’m not sure yet that this Bible will become my regular Bible, but the HCSB is a very good translation which is extremely readable. Overall, I can’t find any objections to this Bible, and would certainly recommend it very highly.