This book is currently on loan to a friend who suffers with this currently. Basset puts forth a classic analysis that is essentially Cognative TherapyThis book is currently on loan to a friend who suffers with this currently. Basset puts forth a classic analysis that is essentially Cognative Therapy. God allowed me to go through this and it has allowed me to help others in the process. I regularly loan out this book and probably should buy a few copies. It helped me better understand what I was going through at the time (I don't suffer with it much at all and I'm no longer on any medications for it) and it was a step toward my recovery. ...more
I can't believe I forgot to add and review this book for so long on Goodreads. This is one of the few books I have read twice. One of the books that rI can't believe I forgot to add and review this book for so long on Goodreads. This is one of the few books I have read twice. One of the books that raised my passion for reading again. It was a very interesting book, with interesting characters, an interesting story, and an interesting context. Watts from talking to friends is a rough place, but has character. Mosley represents this well. ...more
My church has been doing this book club where you read a book selected by an assistant pastor for that month and discuss it. So I finished it an discuMy church has been doing this book club where you read a book selected by an assistant pastor for that month and discuss it. So I finished it an discussed it today with the group. Good discussion even though we didn't have a lot of time.
This book hits the church in a loving manner from different directions. White seems to address the core problem facing the local church and Evangelicalism at it's core and that problem essentially is disunity. And I can only say I HIGHLY agree and an AMEN. This has been what God has laid upon my heart for the last 3 to 4 years and what lead me to go to seminary. The disunity of the church. We are destroying ourselves from the inside and focusing our energy on battling brothers and sisters spiritually on par with the physical battles between Protestants and Catholics in Europe 100's of years ago. We lack wisdom, grace, and love in the church which leads to disunity. James E. White does a great job of hitting on a lot of huge themes and issues genuinely, in an interesting manner, and without being too wordy or scholarly. Which is why I put this in Christian Living. It is a huge problem in laymen or laywomen's terms.
The book also is some what critical with how the church in various ways has sought to interact with the culture and gives some good wisdom on how to better approach culture.
My few problems with the book are these: First, I think White is a bit unfairly harsh on the parachurch organizations. He seems to both put them down and support them without really giving any concrete examples of how they have gone off course and what can be done to get them back on working along side the church. Second, he speaks of renewal in how the church should approach culture, but doesn't speak about the Holy Spirit in leading the church toward change and facing the world. Finally, he seems to touch slightly on the global challenge that faces the international church and the American church, but he really doesn't address it. The book is mostly geared toward the American church in the American context, but it does a disservice in not talking about the international challenges we face as Americans generally and as American saints specifically....more
I did not plan on being part of an Emerging Church, but that is where God wanted me. I would not change anything in the world for the experience. ThisI did not plan on being part of an Emerging Church, but that is where God wanted me. I would not change anything in the world for the experience. This book helped me. Coming from an Evangelical perspective it helped me better appreciate the good things of the movement and to be better informed about the extremes of the movement. It helped me be less "reactionary" about some subjects and authors and better informed about discussing those topics and issues. I am no longer part of the Emerging Church I mentioned. Not because it was "bad", but because God helped me move toward other things in His own way. I really recommend this book to anyone looking into this movement....more
Bradley Martin essentially composes on the best all around books on North Korea that essentially points out the difficulties in trying to crack the haBradley Martin essentially composes on the best all around books on North Korea that essentially points out the difficulties in trying to crack the hard shell that is the Hermit Kingdom. What is facinating is that Bradley put's much effort in research in writing about how North Korea refugee claims can mostly be corroborated. Additionally, he points out an essentially element about Kim Il Song's personality cult and that is his effective corruption of the Christian practices into the largest cult following in the world. Sometimes he repeats the same information a few times, but other than that a fascinating read even if it is a bit of a long read as well. ...more
This is a very rich and thought provoking theological book. There are things here that I will probably be chewing on for a quite a while. This is notThis is a very rich and thought provoking theological book. There are things here that I will probably be chewing on for a quite a while. This is not a book that seeks to profess to much, but instead asks my questions, brings up interesting points, and presses various theological points from the perspective of the Charismatic and Pentecostal church. One of the main ways it examines the issues is through the Pentecostal/Catholic dialog and statements that have happened over the recent years. By gleaming information from these discussions the author is given a rich source material that is not found by the scant Pneumatological and Pentecostal Theological systems or examinations. This is another book born from my recent time in seminary at Regent University. While there are some controversial items which are either unexamined or badly examined through popular theology today, it also bears down on many essentials but from a Pneumatological focus. This in itself is both liberating and limits. While the focus on the Holy Spirit in Theology is very limited and is a rich resource, it limits the TriUnity of God as much as an over emphasis of Christology. Thus, the book is rich and narrow in its focus. Karkkainen is a great writer and Amos Yong does a great editing job. An amazing book and great addition to my library. ...more
I stopped reading horror fiction, but this book I am glad I read when I used to read a lot of King. Great book about the battle between good and evil.I stopped reading horror fiction, but this book I am glad I read when I used to read a lot of King. Great book about the battle between good and evil. The ABC drama series was good as well (even though today it is a bit outdated). I recommend the book....more
IMO the best novel from the best writer. Period. Prince Myshkin represents the perfect innocence in a corrupt and crude Russian landscape. In essenseIMO the best novel from the best writer. Period. Prince Myshkin represents the perfect innocence in a corrupt and crude Russian landscape. In essense they see such innocense as idiotic and appealing. They are both repulsed and attracted to it personally. This book captivated my attention like no other. Any Russian novel is difficult to read (with the names, places etc), but this one is great. I am currently watching the Russian made television series on this book. It is excellent and I suggest it for anyone who loves Dostoevsky and this book. (note: you have to buy it from a special Russian DVD online retailer)....more
This is an excellent book. The author has an amazing way of giving detail, but still allowing for the story to come forth. An excellent book for thoseThis is an excellent book. The author has an amazing way of giving detail, but still allowing for the story to come forth. An excellent book for those who want to read about that time in history and the events of Genghis Khan and his family. It shoots down those who infer that everything about the Mongolian culture of that time was war like. ...more
What is different about this approach to The Holy Spirit or even the Theology of the Holy Spirit is the fact that they approach it from Church HistoryWhat is different about this approach to The Holy Spirit or even the Theology of the Holy Spirit is the fact that they approach it from Church History. I think one of the best ways to learn doctrine of the Christian faith is to study church history. It gives a great teaching on the cloud of witnesses that came before us and the many approaches to various theological ideas. We can learn from their mistakes and not relive them. We can get perspective. We can get a deeper understanding of a doctrine. We can be irenic in our understanding of views we disagree with. This book does a great job of being balanced, in treating church history respectfully, and approaching doctrine seriously. A great book that even made my Mom and I to have a discussion about the Holy Spirit, Aristotelian philosophy, and church history just by her glancing through the book....more
I don't give many things including books 5 stars and I almost gave this book 4 stars, but I think it really deserves that 5th star. I have been readinI don't give many things including books 5 stars and I almost gave this book 4 stars, but I think it really deserves that 5th star. I have been reading this book off and on for a LONG time. I'm not exactly sure why I inched through it because it is such an amazing book. A great concept and execution. I tend to underline amazing quotes in a book and this one has A LOT. The characters are fascinating and the ending was pretty great and most endings are not that great. The book to me is a cross between a VC Andrews story and the movie the Usual Suspects. Well now that I finished it I wouldn't say that now. That only captures part of the book. It really is a heart felt book that has Barcelona almost as a character in itself and a book written by a bibliophile himself. This is one I will probably either reread or at least thumb through many times. It will be on my shelf hopefully as long as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books itself. P.S. I really think that a movie should be made from this book and I'm thinking it could only be directed by Guillermo del Toro. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has said this so hopefully if enough people say it, then it may happen. I can only hope....more
I think this is an excellent book and study of the different Orthodox texts in contrast to the Gnostic texts, their contents, dating, and analysis. AsI think this is an excellent book and study of the different Orthodox texts in contrast to the Gnostic texts, their contents, dating, and analysis. As Bock points out the New School of Early Church History has tried a revisionist leap without much data to support their claims of the early dating of the Gnostic equality to the Orthodox Christian Faith. This book came out around the same time as the whole Gospel of Judas thing, but he does touch on it briefly....more
McGrath surveys the Christian Intellectual landscape along with the intellectual landscape in general to evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. ThiMcGrath surveys the Christian Intellectual landscape along with the intellectual landscape in general to evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is a bit disjointed due to it being based on McGrath's lectures. While this is fascinating because it reveals some keen insight on a wide variety of subjects, it is very broad. Moreover, like many lectures it doesn't tie up loose ends with neat conclusions, but challenges the reader to either dig deeper in McGrath's writing or to wrestle with the question and subject yourself. McGrath makes some great insights as to Christian apologetics, theology, science versus religion, and the new atheism. I think my biggest complaint is McGrath's approach to the issue of science in dealing with the theory of evolution and religion. Like many theistic evolutionists they make a claim that those theologians should not question science and scientists should not question theology (page 114). McGrath does not honestly look at the fact that theology and the Bible does touch on scientific issues and that science as a result touches on Biblical or theological issues. There is an overlap that many Christian Theistic Evolutionists refuse to concede. ...more
Although Francis' Schaeffer is not a scholar in the modern sense or standard of his day or today, he was a Christian intellectual who examined his dayAlthough Francis' Schaeffer is not a scholar in the modern sense or standard of his day or today, he was a Christian intellectual who examined his day with other thinkers and brought forth important analysis and thoughts. In a sense, I could see Schaeffer as prophetic or ahead of his time as in this day an age of the new Atheist "Brights" and modern/post-modern scholarship seeking it's foothold in czar posts and public policy in a condescending manner where any type of moral or religious views are lesser thoughts of the public square. I remember when I read this book in like 2003-2004 the last few chapters gave me a chill of both Schaeffer's lucid thoughts and the warning of things to possibly come. I could see that possibility in his time and my time when I read it. It left me with the knowledge that I must be vigilant. It came just in time as the new atheist thought came into the popular debate. Schaeffer's book although dated is still relevant for today and a great way of getting the thought and feel for his time. ...more
I had to read this book for a Seminary class. However, I found it very helpful. The book hits upon various issues a saint will face in his walk with GI had to read this book for a Seminary class. However, I found it very helpful. The book hits upon various issues a saint will face in his walk with God and spiritual struggles. The part of the book that impacted me the most was the last three chapters that touched upon issues dealing with overcoming the deception we let ourselves fall into over and over and how to come out of that. It is similar to what I have seen in Cognative Therapy, but this touches upon the spiritual renewing of our minds. Very good. ...more