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.

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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.

The Pursuit of God – A Short Review

This was my first experience with Tozer, and I’m very grateful for it. A.W. Tozer writes as a man passionate about his God. Tozer was indeed in pursuit of God, and his desire for his reader to join him on his journey is infectious. I don’t agree with everything Tozer writes, but the overall message of the book is outstanding. In a world in which so many Christians are simply trying to learn more about God, or simply attempting to rest in their intellectual knowledge of God, Tozer preaches the importance of actually knowing God…of actually experiencing God. This statement I’m sure raises the eyebrows of some, but I think seeking to experience God is a fundamental part of the walk of faith that so many of us are missing, much to our own detriment. I heartily recommend this book, and can’t wait to read more of Mr. Tozer’s work.

You can get the Kindle version of this book for free HERE.

You can pick up the Paperback for $2.99 HERE.

 

Book Reviews

I am an avid reader of books about faith, and I love to help other writers get their work seen by more readers. One of the best ways to do that is by having your work read and reviewed. If you have published a book and would like for me to do a review here on my blog, as well as post a review over at Amazon and on social media, simply send me an email at chrisc9951@yahoo.com and I will give you instructions on what to do next. Below are some reviews I’ve already done.

Edgewise-By Jana Greene

The God Of The Mundane-By Matthew B. Redmond

Winter Light-By Bruce Ray Smith

Awaiting A Savior-By Aaron Armstrong

Cruciform-By Jimmy Davis

But God-By Casey Lute

Restless In The Home: Finding Our Rest In Christ Alone

Restless

Hi guys, I’ve recently published a short Bible Study. So far the response has been overwhelming and positive. This study is for everyone. A little bit about the study:

In the daily struggle to honor God and to love those closest to us, many have grown weary. We are restless. From where will our rest come? Join Chris Canuel in this short bible study exploring the causes of restlessness in our family lives. After discussing the causes of this restlessness that so many of us feel, Chris will then point us to Christ and the glorious rest that only He can offer. This short booklet can be used by individuals for personal study, or is ideal for Sunday School classes or small group studies.

To purchase simply click on the following links:

Paperback $3.99

Kindle $1.99

If you have your own blog and are interested in doing a short review for your own blog and/or Amazon contact me, or let me know in the comments.

Book Review-Winter Light

I loved this book. Beautiful writing, frightening honesty. A pleasant read, but uncomfortable as well, as I identify so closely with all that the author is saying. This is one of those books that I read and think, “Man, I could have written this book.” But the truth is that I probably would never have written this book. It is much too painful to be this honest.

‘Winter Light’ is the journal of Bruce Ray Smith as he seeks and explores humility and what it means to be humble. It is his reflections on his own pride and sinfulness…It is his journey of repentance and surrender and failure. Who of us cannot identify with that in our own lives, especially as it relates to pride? Most times we probably don’t even realize that pride is at the heart of our sin…It is the driving force and the root of our sin. Bruce Ray Smith places his heart upon the page in this book…many times as I read, I felt as if my heart were there with his. I have a feeling it may take me a while to recover from this read…but I plan to return to it often.

**Full Disclosure**
I received a free copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review.