Vintage Churchis a very good book. In it pastors Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears present what they believe a church should be and do. The book answeVintage Church is a very good book. In it pastors Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears present what they believe a church should be and do. The book answers 12 questions starting with what is Christian life and Christian Church, and ending with how can the Church transform the World. The answers to their questions are based in their understanding of the Bible, and they site the sources for their arguments. The arguments are easily understood, and the book is full of information. I had a hard time listening to the first chapter. Pastor Mark Dricoll wrote the most of main sections of the chapters, and I have listened to quite a few of his sermons. So, I could hear his style in those sections that he wrote. However, it was distracting that it was not voice that I was listening to. I did get used to it, and the content is very engaging and thought-provoking. So, the distraction was minor and passed quickly. There were a few points that I disagreed with them on. For example, I believe and have heard very convincing arguments for observing the Sabbath on Saturday. With as much information as they cover, it would be odd if a person agrees with everything they say. Some of the information they cover seems to be targeted to pastors and church leaders. These chapters were not as interesting for me currently as I am not a leader in a church, and do not currently have much need to contemplate multi-campus strategies. It is good to know that the information is there. This first time listening to the book I mostly listened while driving or packing, but I did take time after each chapter to ponder what they presented. It is not something I usually do, and I really like a book that requires that of me. I need to listen to the book again with a notepad and Bible so I can take notes and check the references given. I may need to purchase the print book, too. It would be good to have the print book not only to make it easier to check the references for their arguments, but also to look-up additional resources to further research the topics they cover. Which is easier for me to do when it is in print. I really enjoyed listening to the book. I am reviewing the book as part of the christianaudio.com review program.
I just finished listening to Amazing Love by Corrie ten Boom. This is the first audio book that I am reviewing for ChristianAudio.com. It is a very goI just finished listening to Amazing Love by Corrie ten Boom. This is the first audio book that I am reviewing for ChristianAudio.com. It is a very good book. Corrie ten Boom's language is not lofty or intellectual. She explains some basic concepts of being a disciple to Yeshua through her experiences in the years after World War II. I view myself as a very new disciple, and so it was very good to hear another perspective on some of these concepts: trust in God to provide for us, we are to allow God’s love for others to flow through us, our sins our forgiven, we must forgive those who have sinned against us, the Devil and demons are defeated spirits. There are hefty volumes of theology on all of these topics, but I believe Corrie ten Boom did an excellent job of illustrating them in her life....more