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Review – Live Love Lead by Brian Houston

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Book description

Whether a person is searching for their calling or wholeheartedly pursuing their life’s purpose, LIVE LOVE LEAD will help them navigate a faith path that is all their own and discover unique gifts tailored perfectly for their journey.

How do people experience the best life that God intends for them? The answer lies in understanding that the Christian life is an adventure, and that they only have to follow the greatest Guide who ever walked the path of life–Jesus. In this straightforward book, Brian Houston shows readers the way to live fully, love completely, and lead boldly–the hallmarks of Jesus’ time on earth.

First impressions

I’ve never read a book by Brian Houston, but that doesn’t make him a stranger to me. If you have heard the name of Hillsong, then you have probably heard about Brian Houston, if not, well… where have you been all this time? The cover was also something I noticed when choosing this book, it’s simple, elegant and effective.

Content

When I started to read Live Love Lead, I didn’t know exactly what kind of book I had in my hands. First, it seemed a simple theology/leadership book. The language used by Houston is straight and easy to understand, sometimes way too simple. I started to question myself about choosing this book, since it sounded as many other motivational christian books out there.

After reading a couple of chapters everything changed and there were many deep thoughts and truths explained in a really easy way. That’s when I understood this was Houston’s goal all the time, making a christian book accessible to everyone, not only to church leaders or leadership gurus. Houston uses different Hillsong songs as introductions to each chapter and most of the content of this book comes from his experiences not only from present but also from his past, his beginnings as a pastor and everything else in between.

Live Love Lead is a book about living the way Jesus did. Living, loving and leading no matter the circumstances, no matter the situation. I really liked the way Brian Houston offers solutions, not only based on his experience, but based on God’s Word.

Conclusion

Even if you don’t know who Brian Houston is, I recommend this book to you. It’ll change your perspective on life. It also serves as a great gift (Christmas anyone?) Live Love Lead is a book worth a reading and worth to become a classic. Go to LiveLoveLeadBook.com for more information.

Rating: ★★★★★

Review – Expositional Preaching by David Helm

Book description

What makes for good preaching?

In this accessible volume—written for preachers and preachers in training—pastor David Helm outlines what must be believed and accomplished to become a faithful expositor of God’s Word.

In addition to offering practical, step-by-step guidance for preachers, this short book will equip all of us to recognize good preaching when we hear it.

Review

Having seen this title and not being familiarized with its author I was about to pick another one from the ones available for review, but after realizing it was recommended by people like Matt Chandler and Kevin DeYoung, which I like, I decided to give it a try.

I read about expositional preaching in another book, but the topic was just a small part of it. I thought of this book as a great opportunity to learn more about this kind of preaching, and I can say Im satisfied with the results.

The book its only 128 pages long, but the good thing is that Helm goes straight to the point. Im thankful he took the first chapter to address some of todays problems in preaching:

Too many of us unconsciously believe that a well studied understanding of our cultural context, rather than the Bible, is the key to preaching with power. David Helm

After this and until the end of the book he starts describing a process to prepare a message that, in his words, can be faithful to the text and fruitful for today. This process is divided into three main topics:

Exegesis: Pay attention to a biblical texts original audience and a texts purposes for those readers.

Theological Reflection: Discipline of taking the time to meditate on my text and how it relates to Gods plan of redemption.

Today/Contextualization: Inform how we preach Gods Word today for the us and now.

At the end of the book theres an appendix. It puts together all the theory of the book into a really useful guide for sermon preparation.

Conclusion

I highly recommend this book specially for those like me trying to learn the more about expositional preaching. And for those with more experience Im sure itll be a good resource to see the topic from another perspective.

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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.