Review – God in the Whirlwind by David F. Wells

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Book description
Building on years of research and teaching, experienced author and theologian David Wells offers a remedy for evangelicalism’s superficial theology and weightless conception of God: a journey to discover the paradoxical nature of his holiness and love. We all struggle, at times, to hold that paradox together, commonly resulting in problems such as liberalism or legalism. Yet understanding how God’s holiness is inextricably bound to his love is what enables us to live between the two extremes and defines our life of service in this world. In the vein of classics such as Packer’s Knowing God, Wells’s biblical theology is written at an accessible level so that all readers can cultivate a balanced vision of the God who belongs in the center of it all.

I had a hard time getting into this book. This was the first book I’ve read from this author and definitely he has become one of my favorites.

As Wells puts it, this book is a journey into the understanding of the character of God. In order to arrive, Wells develops the concept of God’s holy-love which is the destination.

Through the book it is shown the way our culture has defined our life and our understanding of who God is and the way he acts. God’s holiness and love are described in order have a better understanding, not just about the plain meaning of these two interconnected words but also described from a biblical perspective contrasting with the understanding that comes from our experience.

Like I said when I started reading I just couldn’t keep the pace after a few pages. The first chapters are dedicated to build the foundation to get a better understanding of the whole book. After some pages I started to highlight something almost in every page. Wells knows how to put into words what many of us feel as christians about the negative impact of the culture in our lives and in the church.

What I liked about God in the Whirlwind is that it’s not only a book full of theory but also a book full of applications for our daily life in and out the church.

Any book that puts Jesus in the center of everything becomes a favorite one to me and this is no exception. I recommend this book specially to young adults that have let culture, even church culture, to influence negatively in their perspective about the true nature and character of God.

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I received this e-book for free from Crossway for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Online Reading Recommendations, 3/30/2014

Online Reading Recommendations, 3/30/2014

I went under a small surgery last friday so I couldn’t update the blog with the recommendations. But here you have it.

The Worldliness in World Vision’s New Hiring Policy – This is old news but still interesting to read and meditate. Everything happened so quickly. This is an article  by Kevin D. Young on this matter. One day later they Word Vision changed their policy, you can read about it here.

Sex & Violence in the Bible – Everybody knows about the ‘awkward’ content found in the Bible. Challies reviews one book on this subject dealing with sex, violence and ‘unclean things’ in a book by Joseph W. Smith III

Judging ‘Noah’ – Many christians, including some friends went mad about the latest film by Aronofsky, Noah. This is a movie review that’s not focused on the bad things, but in the value of the movie itself as a christian speculative work.

Boys of Blur | Official TrailerN.D. Wilson is one of my favorite authors and he’s releasing a new book called Boys of Blur. Publication date is set to April 8th.

Review – How Successful People Lead by John C. Maxwell

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Book description:

In this perfectly compact read, #1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works. It is not generated by your title. In fact, being named to a position is the lowest of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To be more than a boss people are required to follow, you must master the ability to inspire and invest in people. You need to build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders. By combining the advice contained in these pages with skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where your influence extends beyond your immediate reach for the benefit of others.

Derived from material previously published in the Wall Street Journal bestseller The 5 Levels of Leadership.

After reviewing Sometimes We Win, Sometimes We Learn and Make Today Count we come back to a new book review by John C. Maxwell focused on leadership. How Successful People Lead is another work derived from a bigger book, in this case The 5 Levels of Leadership that its 304 pages long, while this one is just 160.

If you have read other reviews you know I love systematic books, in the sense that the more the book is structured the more it becomes understandable to me, and this one is no exception. Maxwell starts with glimpses of the whole content to give a better look at what’s coming next. Afterwards each chapter explains different perspectives from the five levels of leadership:

  1. Position
  2. Permission
  3. Production
  4. People Development
  5. Pinnacle

If you are part of a big company or you’re working on a small business this book can help you, not only to know the current level where you’re at, but also to equip you with the necessary tools and information to climb to the next one. One of the things I really liked it’s that no matter the ‘size’ of your leadership, you’ll feel identified with the characteristics and situations presented by Maxwell.

Finally,  I felt this book it’s not only about your personal development as a leader for your own satisfaction, but it’s more about your personal responsibility as a leader to achieve greater things on behalf of those under your leadership.

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comolaspersonasEste libro también se encuentra disponible en español con el nombre de Como Las Personas Exitosas Dirigen, y al igual que los demás títulos, lo puedes encontrar en tiendas como Amazon o en librerías.

I received this book for free from Hachette Book Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.






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Online Reading Recommendations, 3/21/2014

Online Reading Recommendations, 3/21/2014

Starting from today, I’ll be sharing every Friday some articles I found through the week related mostly to christian life and books. Feel free to share you own on the comments.

My secrets exposed: true confessions of a professional illustrator - Joe Sutphin started to post on the Rabit Room a highly recommended blog about art, books, music, etc. This is his first article about illustration.

The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds – A collection with different categories, I recommend you to go to the last one, Book Art. Great selection.

The Most Popular Books in Each State – This list of popularity is considering only the books stored on Scribd. Interesting to see that only Heaven is for Real made into the list.

Divergent Trilogy - Everyone know about Divergent, this is a book review for the trilogy but it’s mainly focused on the first book. It’s about the writing but also about the christian themes and background of the author.

‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity - This one is a review about the movie adaptation. The focus it’s also to the ‘christian underpinnings’. 

 

Article – Putting your trust in the right person

Article – Putting your trust in the right person

We all get into trouble in our lives. It’s often related to the most significant seasons in our lives: childhood, high school, college, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes we go and find troubles, sometimes troubles finds us. It’s just matter of time. The question is, what do we do when we’re in the middle of a personal war, when everything seems lost and all the odds are against us?

There’s a story in the Bible in the first book of Chronicles. Just so you know, this is a book that starts with a lot of genealogies (like family trees), which are not so popular among the average christian. But good things can be found when we look closer. For example in the chapter four there’s one of the most famous christian short stories, they even did a book about it called The Prayer of Jabez. But I want to focus on another short story found in the next chapter, chapter five. Let’s break down this passage.

Preparing/Going to war

It is important to notice that in this chapter five we find the genealogies of three tribes and in the middle of it (verses 15 – 22) we have an interesting story this three families descendants from Israel making war against other families, descendants from Ishmael.

18 The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty valiant men, men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war, who went to war. 19 They made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab.

Victory assured

The next verse, or better said the attitude in this verse is the one that makes the whole difference. While Israel’s descendants were fighting against their enemies, they cried out to God for help. Notice they didn’t cry out at the beginning of the battle, or before the battle, but ‘in the battle’. The NIV says ‘they cried out to him during the battle’. God’s mercy and faithfulness is bigger than the worst of your troubles, and you’ll never be too lost to ask for help in the middle of your own battle. The only thing God is waiting is for you to trust in Him.

20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.

If you’re a son or daughter of God you’ve become part of his people and therefore the right to be heard by God is yours. You’re his family, just like Israel’s descendants had the right to inherit Abraham’s blessings.

Consequences

The good thing about this last two verses is not only the booty they recovered. But the reason or the person who allowed it and made it possible, God. When we put our trust in him, he takes control, and when he takes control he wins our battles for they become his.

21 Then they took away their livestock—fifty thousand of their camels, two hundred and fifty thousand of their sheep, and two thousand of their donkeys—also one hundred thousand of their men; 22 for many fell dead, because the war was God’s. And they dwelt in their place until the captivity.

To put your trust in God you need to believe in him, seems obvious but it takes action to do it. When your trust is in the right person, you can rest assured that your battles become his battles and he win his battles.