Category Archives: Book Reviews/Literature

A Passion For God

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” AW Tozer said this, and he lived it. A voracious reader, a powerful preacher, and a man who truly knew God, AW Tozer had an incredible impact on the United States and the world. This biography by Lyle Dorsett was fair to Tozer by providing an accurate picture of a godly man with human imperfections.

The Cross and Salvation

The Doctrine of Salvation brings much debate and confusion, even amongst evangelical Christians who seek to align their understanding of truth and salvation with the Word of God. More broadly, Christendom as a whole represents widely differing views. In The Cross and Salvation, Bruce Demarest contributes to the discussion with his clear, but detailed, work on soteriology. The goal of this work is to provide a comprehensive treatment of soteriology in a way that “will be historically perceptive, biblically faithful, culturally relevant, and experientially viable” (xx).

Gone for Soldiers

Jeff Shaara’s story telling ability and attention to detail combine for a fantastic read in Gone for Soldiers. Shaara has spent most of his life reconstructing history bringing many of America’s greatest sons to life. In Gone for Soldiers, we follow the story line of the Mexican War from the battle of Vera Cruz to the occupation of Mexico City. Teachers and historians often overlook the war for the border of Texas, but Shaara shows that it had more of an impact on American history than many realize. In fact, three presidents of the United States were veterans of the Mexican War, and countless generals and commanders of the Civil War, including Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Jackson, and Pierre G.T. Beauregard, to name a few, gained notoriety while fighting side by side against Santa Anna and the rebel Mexican forces. Only God knows if the Union would have finally rallied to victory under Grant and defeated the Confederacy if he had not first made his mark at the battle for Molina del Rey in 1847.

Law & Grace

All of Christianity has discussed the relation of the law, gospel, and grace. “Throughout the ages Christians have discussed what Paul meant, articulating various views on the proper distinction between Law, Gospel, and Grace” (7). In Law and Grace Myron Houghton adds to the discussion with the understanding that “how one defines the relationship of Law and Grace becomes a crucial turning point for developing a systematic approach to theology” (8). His goal is to “help believers learn to interpret Bible passages correctly, gaining skill as they learn to evaluate theological ideas” (10).

Younger, Restlesser, Reformeder

This book will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most influential lifestyle books to come to Reformed/reformed readers since the Institutes of John Calvin himself. This tome is pregnant with wisdom for daily living. No other work, including the Bible, Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and any TGC article about Lecrae can do more for your reformed persona.

Go Set a Watchman

People change. Cultures change. Nations change. Harper Lee highlights these changes in Go Set a Watchman by introducing us to Jean Louise (Scout) as an adult living in New York City on a trip to visit her childhood home. This novel is not primarily about race, though there are certainly racial considerations within the book. Harper Lee is writing about the changes in people, cultures, and nations.

Book Review: Crossing to Safety

For Christians, Stegner’s written rage is a gift. We have spent too much time reading sanitized Christian fiction, cheering for Kirk Cameron and hanging old Thomas Kincaid’s in our kitchens. Stegner might not have had all the answers, but at least he hated the enemy.