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Review – What If It’s True? by Charles Martin

Book description

What if every single word of this story is absolutely true and I can trust it?

What if the King of the universe is speaking directly to me through the words of His book?

And I believe His Word is true, how should I respond?

This book is the result of that exploration.  With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that has made his novels beloved to millions, Martin helps us engage the fundamental principles of our faith in new and inspiring ways.

Writing as our guide, Martin uses a storyteller’s imagination to illuminate key moments of the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple—and bondservant—of Christ and mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.

Book review

Charles Martin is best known for his fiction books, mainly The Mountain Between Us, that even got a movie adaptation.

In this book, he keeps his storyteller instinct to take us by the hand through meaningful Bible passages giving us a different perspective, one that only a novelist like him could give. 

If you’re looking for a historical account or for a work of apologetics, this is not the book for you. This book fits better into historical fiction, although definitely a theological book in its core, one that has been written with a great motivation in mind, as Martin puts it: 
“What if every single word of this story is absolutely true and I can trust it?”

This is one of those books that hopefully will wake up a renewed interest and love for the Word and the Living Word as well.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – Love Like That by Dr. Less Parrot

Loving Like Jesus Just Got Doable

In this inspiring, utterly practical new book, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Les Parrott writes a viable prescription for becoming more loving with family, friends, coworkers, and even strangers. In his trademark approachable style, Dr. Parrott takes the latest findings from psychology and sociology and blends them with biblical teaching to reveal five transformative ways of relating to people demonstrated by Jesus himself: being mindful, approachable, grace-filled, bold, and self-giving. With questions to ponder, self-assessments, and insightful quotations, Love Like That will revolutionize every relationship in your life-especially the ones that matter most.

Review

I love learning about different ways to improve our relationships. I believe we can always strive and do a little effort to live peacefully with each other, and this book gives exactly that, a set of tools useful to improve any kind of relationships in your life.

After a short introduction Parrot develop 5 different ways Jesus showed love to others, according to him:

When you love like Jesus,

  • you become more midfull – less detached
  • you become more approachable – less exclusive
  • you become more grace-full – less judgemental
  • you become more bold – less fearful
  • you become more self-giving – less self-absorbed

Each chapter develops these ideas individually and at the end there are different questions “to ponder” and make the necessary changes. There are also different graphics and exercises through each chapter to help you understand where you are in your relationships.

Conclusion

With the experience you can expect from Dr. Parrot and accesible language, Love Like That is a great resource for you to read by yourself or even with a group of friend or family.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review – Unimaginable by Jeremiah J. Jhonston

Book description

A Stirring Account of Christianity’s Power for Good

In a day when Christians are often attacked for their beliefs, professor and speaker Jeremiah Johnston offers an inspiring look at the positive influence of Christianity, both historically and today. In Unimaginable, you’ll discover the far-reaching ways that Christianity is good for the world–and has been since the first century AD–including:
– How the plights of women and children in society were forever changed by Jesus
– Why democracy and our education and legal systems owe much to Christianity
– How early believers demonstrated the inherent value of human life by caring for the sick, handicapped, and dying
– How Christians today are extending God’s kingdom through charities, social justice efforts, and other profound ways

Like It’s a Wonderful Life, the classic film that showed George Bailey how different Bedford Falls would be without his presence, Unimaginable guides readers through the halls of history to see how Jesus’ teachings dramatically changed the world and continue to be the most powerful force for good today. This provocative and enlightening book is sure to encourage believers and challenge doubters.

Review

I’ve heard about a couple of books dealing with this same topic and always wanted to dive into one of them but never took the time to do it until now. I’m happy Unimaginable is the first one I read about this important subject, one that I believe is important for every believer to understand.

From the very beginning it’s obvious that Johnston is passionate about Jesus and about the impact of Jesus through history, and the good news is that the author is passionate about history.

The book is divided in three parts:

I. The World Before Christianity
II. The World Without Christianity
III. The World With Christianity

When reading Unimaginable you can feel you’re reading an overview of history itself, but when necessary, Johnston points to the specific parts of history and human civilization that have, or haven’t, touched not only by Christianity but by religion and belief in the divine in general.

The point I want to make here is that human civilization, which by its very nature requires law, is not only founded on belief in the divine but was also generated by this belief. Without a sense of the divine, would humans have created civilization? – Jeremiah J. Johnston, p.30

From the ancient Rome to the sad reality of WWII we witness a world of hopelessness and world leaders that chose to turn their backs from God’s principles to face terrible consequences. I really liked the section dedicated to not only the philosophies, but to the lives of some influential thinkers. There’s a clearer idea of why some of them decided to see the world through dark lens and how their thinking affected not only their contemporaries but is still affecting in our present.

But not everything is bad news, the last part narrates the way Christianity flourished in the Roman world and a call to be transformed in the middle of any situation.

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I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.