My pastor, Skip Heitzig, has taught on this chapter of John 17 many times and referenced many of the lessons from this book in various sermons. I thin...moreMy pastor, Skip Heitzig, has taught on this chapter of John 17 many times and referenced many of the lessons from this book in various sermons. I think this is Pastor Skip's best book thus far and a great book generally on prayer as seen through Jesus Prayer to the Father in John 17.
Jesus' prayer to the Father in John 17:1-26 is many things, but to me it is beautiful and insightful. Pastor Skip breaks the book down into four sections: Look Upward: The Father Magnified; Look Outward: The Believer Fortified & Sanctified; Look Inward: The Whole Church Unified: A Look Forward: The Inglorious Glorified. This is very similar to the vision statement of Calvary Albuquerque which is upreach, inreach, outreach.
Some things that strike me about the book:
The section on unity is too much to cover in a short review, but this section is very important to me in my walk and what God has taught me over the years.
Pastor Skip talking about prayer in preparing and looking forward to heaven also talks about heaven which was important for me to hear that time as my Mom had recently gone to be with the Father in Heaven.
Pastor Skip does a comparison and contrast at the end of the book between the prayer Jesus teaches his disciples and the prayer he offers to the Father.
There is much to think through and contemplate and apply in what Jesus taught and how we can look at prayer in the simple but amazing prayer Jesus voiced to the Father. One thing Skip I think left out (if I remember right) is the very literal context of Jesus' journey with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane at night. Even what he may have passed by as he was praying or seen before or after the prayer. I'm pretty sure Skip has touched on this before, but sadly it wasn't in the book.
Overall I can highly recommend this book as it examines a prayer that is sadly overlooked by many. (less)
I had read most of this book for a seminary class and I picked it up recently to finish it. It is a bit outdated book published in 1996 in its third r...moreI had read most of this book for a seminary class and I picked it up recently to finish it. It is a bit outdated book published in 1996 in its third revision, but it still has insight as it looks at the history of the church. Moreover, it is interesting to read about its views of the direction of the church, its current/future problems etc. It does help to have that perspective. This book isn't as in depth or well written as say Roger Olsen's book on church history (which I read for the same class), but it does help classify and show the progression of church history. It is interesting as the book does hit upon some movements that are not as popular today in both orthodox and heretical movements. It was not the most exciting read on church history, but it was a pretty helpful but small contribution in the cannon of church history books that I have been reading. (less)
Eastman's book is an innovative manner to address the modes of prayer that many of us or at least I in particular have engaged in through my years wal...moreEastman's book is an innovative manner to address the modes of prayer that many of us or at least I in particular have engaged in through my years walking with Christ. Eastman tries to use these modes not as a formula, but as a guide and reference to help the believer become watchmen and watchwomen in prayer. Especially those who feel led to be prayer warriors, intercessors, and/or work officially in an intercessory ministry. It is simple and insightful by examining these modes from various Christians through history and from various denominational disciplines to get a very Christian holistic approach and view of prayer. The prayer wheel is appropriate for seeing prayer as an hour long watch that incorporates various modes and methods of prayer as represented in Scripture and through church history. As I have started to become more involved in intercessory ministry and to becoming a watchman of prayer I am very much appreciative of Eastman's insight and ministry. I used this book simply as part of a prayer walk ministry I was part of long time ago and then picked it up recently as I have had more of a burden to be involved in intercessory ministry. The fire that needs to continue to burn for a local church and the Body of Christ to run the race well and to the end. (less)
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 day...moreAlthough 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. (less)
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 readin...moreI 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.(less)
McGrath surveys the Christian Intellectual landscape along with the intellectual landscape in general to evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thi...moreMcGrath 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. (less)
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 not...moreThis 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. (less)
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 History...moreWhat 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.(less)
While Cronin's "The Passage" will probably forever be compared to King's "The Stand," it stands on it's own in many ways. While I miss King's detail,...moreWhile Cronin's "The Passage" will probably forever be compared to King's "The Stand," it stands on it's own in many ways. While I miss King's detail, Cornin's simplicity and straight forward writing style is both mysterious and creepy. Almost like seeing less of the monster is actually more scary than seeing the details sometimes. Cronin sets up an epic journey that has been done in other films and novels, but Cronin adds his own specific story which makes it still fun and distinct.
I didn't know what to expect from this book, but I heard it was good. Reading through it, the book got better and better after setting up the initial characters and setting..and then having to do it again due to a flash forward in the timeline of the book. But once it gets going the characters and story draws you in. Cronin touches on some interesting theological and metaphysical aspects in this book. God is touched upon just like in King's the Stand, but in a way in which he stands large but still largely in the background. His intervention in certain moments is strong through the character's lives, but ultimately he is unknown and mysterious in an agnostic fashion. Largely he tends to speak his presence through what Theologians call "general revelation" by Cornin's often symbolism of the stars and the stars that disappeared due to mans lighting up the sky in fear of those things (zombie vampires) that seek to kill at night.
Cronin's style of writing keeps his cards to his chest so I really do not know what to expect next in the book. Even when I get close I still am surprised by an aspect of the revelation. This along with some interesting characters and excellent plot and story drew me in. The characters could use some more fleshing out...but even there Cronin seems to be holding back for a reason that may not be disclosed until the other books come out. The depths and revelations come over time. It seems. This is both fascinating and frustrating. Almost like an episode of LOST. This book is definitely worth your time and patients...and I will assume this will be even more true as the additional books on the story are released. (less)
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 discu...moreMy 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.(less)
**spoiler alert** I read this book as part of an online book club. The book club was a failure, but the book was a good read. I enjoyed it. It isn't e...more**spoiler alert** I read this book as part of an online book club. The book club was a failure, but the book was a good read. I enjoyed it. It isn't exactly what you expect it to be. Although King does seem a little off beat in portraying a girl at this age with her mindset of that time, I don't think it is too off the mark. The cultural references of 1998 are funny and interesting. However, the best part of the book is Trish's philosophical and theological struggle in understanding who God is by nature if it is God she wants to pray for at a critical time in her life. Being lost in the woods she wonders if she is praying to an "active" God who her favorite player Tom Gordon points to after closing out a game. Or is it the God her father believes in who is the "subaudiable" or passive God who just watches. The conclusion at the end is that the God of Tom Gordon does exist and is active, but the "subaudiable" god also exists as the wasp god or creature that is stalking her in the woods. It seems that King used this story to almost set out his idea or view of God's nature. Moreover, he touches on our actions. When we confront the boogie man and not become our own worst enemy buy running, but instead stand up to the false God, then God will be there with us in that battle. (less)