Painfully boring and I wish I had the time back that I wasted on this thing. If this is classic DeMille then this is my last time I will read anythingPainfully boring and I wish I had the time back that I wasted on this thing. If this is classic DeMille then this is my last time I will read anything of his....more
As I prepare for this review I ask myself, “How in the world do you review a Bible?” I’m in a tough spot here because I can’t be neutral in my critiquAs I prepare for this review I ask myself, “How in the world do you review a Bible?” I’m in a tough spot here because I can’t be neutral in my critique because I can’t criticize the author… That may not turn out well for me. So I have decided to touch on some of the highlights to the newest Study Bible from Crossway Books. The English Standard Study Bible is quite possibly one of the best study Bibles I own. Being a pastor myself, I have my fair share of study Bibles and this one wins hands down. The ESV Study Bible has two things from the start that makes it a great resource. First, I think the English Standard Version is by far the best translation out on the market today. It is easy to read, literal and accurate. This translation was first published in 2001 with over 100 scholars and advisors working together who were committed to “historic Christian Orthodoxy”. Second, a group of 95 well respected scholars and teachers provided the study notes that are in depth and helpful to anyone ranging from pastors to a casual reader of the Bible. General editor is Wayne Grudem, Theology editor is J.I. Packer, O.T. Editor is John Collins and N.T. editor is Tomas R. Schreiner.
Some of the primary features include nearly 20,000 notes, 80,000 cross references, 200 full color maps, 40 illustrations and over 2,500 pages. As you can imagine this Bible is a big book! The best feature I believe is the online ESV Study Bible that Bible owners can access for free. This makes it nice for when you travel and you don’t have the room for this Bible (did I mention it was big?) you can access the same Study Bible online. Of course you can purchase the hardcover version, Genuine or Bonded leather, or even premium Calfskin.
Personally the ESV Study Bible has been a wonderful addition to my resource library. I have had it for a week already and it has been invaluable for my sermon preparations. I would HIGHLY recommend this Study Bible to all Pastors, church leaders and even lay people. So, if you are in the market for a new Bible or you would like to get a Bible filled with helpful resources and insights, then I would suggest you get yourself an ESV Study Bible. You will be glad you did.
Atheism has been around for centuries, but there is a new atheism that has been emerging within the past decade and it is becoming more and more prev Atheism has been around for centuries, but there is a new atheism that has been emerging within the past decade and it is becoming more and more prevalent in these Post Modern days. Mohler writes in his newest book Atheism Remix, “Atheists have represented only a small minority of Americans. Surveys estimate that atheists represent 2 percent of the population.” He continues, “The New Atheism is not just a reassertion of atheism. It is a movement that represents a far greater public challenge to Christianity than that posed by the atheistic movement of previous times.” Albert Mohler is referring to a band of atheists that have emerged in the past few decades namely, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett. These men have taken atheism to a new level. Mohler notes in his book that atheism throughout history has been fairly non-threatening to the mass public. However with the release of national best sellers from Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris they have ushered in this New Atheism that is making atheism a much more common and acceptable philosophy.
As this New Atheism is becoming more and more popular and acceptable to the general public R. Albert Mohler Jr. has attempted to take on these voices who are shouting from the rooftops their theories and beliefs and are ruthless in doing so. The book is basically broken down into four parts (or chapters). The first part deals with an introduction to atheism and how this New Atheist movement came to be. The second part deals with open war that New Atheism is waging on Theism and spends a good deal of time combing through the teachings of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchins and Dennett. Part three finds Mohler defending the position of Theism and spends a great deal of time with the works of Allister McGrath and Alvin Plantinga who have taken on the writings of these Atheists with scholarly and scientific articulacy. The final chapter looks at the future of Christianity and atheism and looks primarily at the writings of Tina Beattie, a feminist and Catholic theologian and John F. Haught senior fellow and in science and religion at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University both opponents of atheism, yet have flawed theology at best.
Atheism Remix is a very easy read and is a great introduction to New Atheism from a Christian perspective. Mohler does have many references from specific author’s books, so there is no implying of what was said from various atheists. He has well documented footnotes so there should be no room for error of what was said and implied. Overall this 108 page book is good for informational purposes, however I wouldn’t suggest it if you are looking for a deep look at the New Atheist movement. Mohler merely scratches the surface on this issue, yet does a great and concise job at exposing the possible threats this movement can pose on Christianity in the future if it continues to go unfettered in the years to come.
Brad Meltzer is no stranger to the comic book genre. Having written for a number of comic books most notably Justice Leagues Identity Crisis which tu Brad Meltzer is no stranger to the comic book genre. Having written for a number of comic books most notably Justice Leagues Identity Crisis which turned the DC Comics world upside down. In his latest novel Meltzer ventures back into the world of comics as he ties together the age old biblical story of Cain and Abel with the historical beginnings of the Man of Steel himself, Superman. When I first read the back cover of this ARC I was intrigued to see how Meltzer would pull this story off.
The second most famous murder in the Bible is found in Genesis 4 and is the story of Cain murdering his brother Abel. The Bible does not tell us how Cain murders his brother; however there is much speculation on the weapon of choice. A similar mystery is brought to light when Mitchell Siegel, father of Superman creator Jerry Siegel, is found murdered by two gunshots to the chest and the murder weapon has never been recovered. Meltzer melds (pun intended) these two stories together in his page turning thriller The Book of Lies as he creates a wonderful historical fiction novel that will appeal to comic book fans and history buffs alike.
This was my first experience in reading an actual novel from Brad Meltzer and it was an enjoyable introduction to his writing talents. Being a fan of comic books and a pastor who loves reading the Bible I feel that this book was written just for me. Quite honestly this is the first novel I have read in a long time that I had a hard time putting down. Overall, I would highly recommend The Book of Lies to anyone who enjoys a good fictional historical mystery novel. Brad Meltzer has written a book that I wouldn’t be surprised to see at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and eventually as a big screen film. I would encourage you to get this one when it first comes out so you can be one of the firsts to be on the band wagon.
I have said it a number of times, Ted DeKker is one of my favorite novelists of all time. His writing style is unique, his storylines are gripping an I have said it a number of times, Ted DeKker is one of my favorite novelists of all time. His writing style is unique, his storylines are gripping and his agenda is usually subtle. I can honestly say I have never read a book from Mr. DeKker that I did not enjoy… until now. His latest novel and third book in his Paradise series called Sinner is the one book I reluctantly admit is not a very good book. In all honesty I hate having to write a negative review for one of my all time favorite authors, but I feel in order to maintain the integrity of this web page, I need to do so.
Sinner picks up 13 years after the events of Showdown. It is a story about Billy, Darcy and Johnny as they try to put their demon (known as Marsuvees Black) away once and for all. The events of 13 years earlier have scarred both Billy and Darcy and have made them callous against any form of religion. Both are down and out in their lives… Billy is a once successful lawyer turned gambling addict and Darcy works a noneventful job for a car manufacturer. Both realize soon that they have special powers and these powers will eventually lead them to have power to ban religion once and for all. However Johnny is going to do whatever it takes to help Billy and Darcy come face to face with evil and give them a glimpse of the blackness that enthralls their lives. He will stand side by side as they have one final confrontation with the evil known as Marsuvees Black.
This is the first and only DeKker book I kept looking to the back of the book to see how many pages I had to go read in order to finish it. It just didn’t grab me from the get go. Actually, I take that back the story did grip me for the first five or ten pages and then it went downhill from there. In the opening chapter of the book the reader thinks they are going to be taken on another roller coaster ride with Marsuvees Black and his twisted and psychotic plots to take down the children of the Monastery once and for all and then… blip… he’s gone for nearly 350 pages only to return in a very weak and predictable way. I guess the words weak and predictable would best describe Sinner. I have always felt that DeKker is a master storyteller who makes the reader think and has never been too “preachy” in his writing. This is the one thing that set DeKker apart from the rest of the Christian authors; he is subtle, enthralling and imaginative. This unfortunately is not the case with Sinner. I felt the story was no different than a lot of Christian fiction being put out today. The future persecution of the Church, banning religion, end times scenarios etc… been there done that. I understand DeKker’s passion for these concerns he brings up in this novel, however I would have rather read it in a non-fiction title or a separate stand alone novel not included in the Paradise series.
I suppose I could go on and on about my dislikes of Sinner. I’m sure there are many people who will disagree with me wholeheartedly and some who will agree. Like I said at the beginning I hate giving a negative review of Ted DeKker but I feel he has the potential for much, much more than this. I am anxiously awaiting his next novel and have high expectations for it. If it means anything, Ted DeKker is still a great author in my book; he just didn’t produce on this one. Better luck next time.
This is the latest young adult novel from the non-stop pen of James Patterson. This man is truly a man of many talents. In one novel he can write a t This is the latest young adult novel from the non-stop pen of James Patterson. This man is truly a man of many talents. In one novel he can write a thrilling murder mystery page turner, in another he can be writing a feel good summer love novel and in yet another write about a teenage alien boy who has powers to hunt down alien assassins. Diverse is a great word to describe the writing talents of Mr. Patterson and he proves this with his book The Dangerous Days of Daniel X.
Daniel has been on his own since his parents were brutally murdered at the tender age of three. It may seem harsh to believe that a three year old could take of himself, but it’s not so hard when you have special abilities that allow you to manipulate things, and give you the power to hunt down renegade alien assassins who were responsible for your parents death. You see Daniel is not from this world, he comes from a planet called Alpar Nok. Since his parents death Daniel has been hunting aliens and facing near death situations a number of times. His parents died protecting the list of aliens that were to be destroyed. Now Daniel has inherited this list and this has made him a marked man (or teenager). In this account Daniel is setting out to capture number 6 on the list. His name is Ergent Seth and he abducts children, however this is only part of the evil the creature is capable of. In his quest to capture Ergent Seth is taken captive and brought back to the place where he was born and shown the devastation Seth has brought to his planet. Can Daniel accomplish what he has set out to do or will he meet the same fate his parents met twelve years earlier? Well, my friend, you’ll have to read for yourself.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X is a fun book from start to finish. There is enough light heartedness and humor to make this book enjoyable and humorous yet there is enough suspense and tension to keep the reader wanting to read more. I am assuming this is the first book in a series of books that will highlight Daniel X. If this is the case then this inaugural book is a great introduction to a story that is well thought out and entertaining for people of all ages.
I am probably one of a few people who had never read a James Patterson novel. It’s funny how I receive all of his books (on what seems like a monthly I am probably one of a few people who had never read a James Patterson novel. It’s funny how I receive all of his books (on what seems like a monthly basis) for review and he is always the first author to get snatched up by reviewers. With his newest novel Sail I decided I wanted to read Patterson for myself and let me tell you, it was a killer ride! No pun intended. Sail is James Patterson’s third novel co-written by Howard Roughan. It is being promoted as a summer thriller and I really enjoyed the story from the beginning to the end. Since it is the first time I have read a novel by Patterson I have nothing to compare it with but I can certainly see why people enjoy his books so much.
Katherine Dunne is a widowed heart specialist. Recently re-married to high profile defense lawyer Peter Carlyle and mother of two out of control teenagers, and one ten year old who thinks he’s twenty. Her family has been spinning out of control ever since the death of her husband and their father; Katherine decides that she wants to bring her family back together. With her new husband staying back the Dunne’s set out on a sailing trip that is doomed from the word, “go”. As the family fights with one another, Mother Nature and the evil nature of humanity they soon find themselves shipwrecked and stranded on a dessert island. After attempts to find the family the Coast Guard gives up their search until a fisherman catches a large fish that has a Coke bottle in its mouth with a written note stating, “The Dunn family is alive”. This is great news to most, but some were never expecting the family to return and they will do whatever it takes to make sure they don’t.
Sail is a thrilling read with lots of drama, suspense and plot twists. I loved the short chapters as they made for a very quick read. Overall, Sail is a great suspenseful murder/thriller novel that will entertain readers across the globe. Whether you are in the wilderness, the beach or holed up in the safety of your own home Patterson and Roughan have created a great summer read.
I was first introduced to the writings of Ted DeKker with his book Thr3e. I remember reading this book and the whole time thinking to myself, “This c I was first introduced to the writings of Ted DeKker with his book Thr3e. I remember reading this book and the whole time thinking to myself, “This can’t be a Christian author! The story is original, captivating and it isn’t trying to convert me to Christianity!” I have often equated DeKker to the likes of Stephen King and Dean Koontz; however he is not the “Christian alternative” to them. Ted DeKker has a unique writing style all of his own. He is a master at telling a story that is filled with suspense, even at times terror and yet leave the reader filled with hope in the end. In his latest novel Adam, DeKker has certainly perfected his craft in story telling. The story line will most certainly strike up a vast array of discussion among his fans around the globe and it will definitely garner many new fans as well.
Daniel Cook is a behavioral psychologist who is obsessed with trying to capture a serial killer, who refers to himself as Eve. After fifteen young women have been kidnapped and ultimately killed by a strange virus. While in hot pursuit of the killer after he abducts his sixteenth victim Daniel finds himself face to face with Eve on a dark foggy road. The only problem is Daniel is killed by Eve in the chase. Cook is dead for nearly twenty minutes and is resuscitated but he cannot remember what the killer looked like. Thus begins the Psycho Thriller roller coaster ride of Adam as Daniel Cook finds himself in a precarious situation where his faith (or lack thereof) is put to the test and he will venture into the very depths of hell to try and put a stop to this maniacal killer.
Adam is a story about obsession, faithfulness, faithlessness, demonic possession, redemption, and ultimately the power of love that eliminates the darkness. I found this book nearly impossible to put down once I started reading it. Not only did it give me the heebie jeebies at night, it also filled with me with hope as the book closes with the words of Jesus, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life.” So the question remains, “Can a Christian Fiction novel literally scare the hell out of someone?” Answer… It sure can and Ted DeKker has proven it with Adam.
Kind of a dull read for a person who claims to have done everything. I didn't think it was written very well. Personally I think the guy is a pompus nKind of a dull read for a person who claims to have done everything. I didn't think it was written very well. Personally I think the guy is a pompus name dropper. Usually when I read an autobiography I walk away really liking or hating the person who wrote it. With LIFE I came away from it going, "Eh, I've read better." ...more