Archive for ‘Christian Literature (non-fiction)’

July 8, 2010

Priscilla Shirer – One in a Million: Book Review


Title: “One in a Million”

Author: Priscilla Shirer

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

Publisher website: www.bhpublishinggroup.com

Book website: www.goingbeyond.com

Category: Christian

Date of publication: March 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0-8054-6476-4

Summary

In her latest book, Priscilla Shirer explores the plight of the Israelites through the wilderness and encourages Christians to stop limiting their faith to hearing God’s promises on Sunday mornings. She challenges readers to actually listen and make a conscious effort to experience God’s miracles in their day-to-day life.

About the Author

Priscilla Shirer, the daughter of well-known author and pastor Dr. Tony Evans, currently resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and their three sons. One of today’s most popular Christian speakers, she appears regularly with Beth Moore and Kay Arthur at Deeper Still conferences. She holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

My Thoughts

‘One in a Million’ by Priscilla Shirer explored the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the crossing of the Jordan River and in the process, gave a parallel exploration of the Christian journey and the many phases encountered.

It takes the reader step by step, from the parting of the read sea, to the meeting with God at Mount Sinai right through to Kardesh-barnea which she termed the ‘Oasis of Complacency’, so named because it was an Oasis where the Israelited decided to camp and roam around even though it was so close to the Promised Land.

The book examines our heart condition as we go through life as Christians. Her writing was both honest and emotional and made me search my own heart and my motivation in walking with God. My relationship with God came under a lot of questioning and scrutiny.

If you find yourself getting to a false start, do not let it discourage you. Keep at it. I found that I almost gave up reading the book in the first few chapters; it dragged a bit. But I kept at it and soon, it became almost impossible to drop. Yet, ‘One in a Million’ is not fast food; it certainly isn’t a fare to be rushed. Many times after reading something particularly thought provoking, I had to drop the book and just ponder. To get the most of this book, you need to take it bite size.

I found myself very reluctant to get to the end of the book because it did feel like I was on a journey with Ms Shirer. Her style was so personalised and the use of personal examples from her own life spoke loudest.

I definitely plan on reading this book again and again. It is a spark of revival which starts deep within the heart of the reader.

If I am to rate this book, I will give it 5 stars *****

Disclaimer: This book was given to me free of charge by the Publicists. I was under no obligation to give a good review

June 12, 2010

Book Review: Shattered by Frank Pastore


Title: Shattered: Struck Down, But Not Destroyed

Author: Frank Pastore; Ellen Vaughn

Publishers: Tyndale House Publishers

Category: Christian/Autobiographical

ISBN: 978-1-58997-611-5

Shattered is an autobiography or a memoir of Frank Pastore, a former professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Although it is a coming of age story, in so many ways it is also a great love story. A story of the enduring love between Frank and Gina, a story of how the love of baseball brought a sort of redemption and a greater love story of how the love of Christ can change the identity of a man.

Raised in an abusive home environment, Frank was the awkward geek-child in school. He suffered humiliation from his peers and neglect from his mother. Baseball was more than just a sport, it was the passion which gave him a sense of belonging and an identity. The identity was distorted, but not for long. Through a teacher, his intellect was awakened and his confidence grew. Baseball was a lifeline, bringing many good things to Frank’s life, including Gina.

The book traces Frank’s struggles as he attempts to play baseball and obtain an ivy league education. It details his struggles as a young man with a conflicting sense of self. It also takes us through his elopement with the 16 year old Gina in a way that is both touching and humorous.

With the same touching humour, he recounts getting into the Major Leagues and all that came with it. Frank and Gina were living the American Dream. However, like all dreams, it all ended one day. This book deals with how Frank handled the end of his Major League dreams and how God used that to draw him close. Frank who was an atheist, finally embraced God. But even that came with its own heart break. Putting back the broken pieces of his life took the healing hand of God and it came in a way that was totally unexpected.

Reading this memoir brought a lot of encouragement to me. It made me realise that despite our pig headedness, God still finds a way to work out his beautiful plans for our lives.

I had a bit of a problem with the almost-18 year old Frank kissing a 13 year old Gina; that was just wrong in my mind and it kept popping up as I read through the book. Nevertheless, theirs is a sweet love story.

Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book and I enjoyed reading every aspect of it.

March 12, 2010

Book Review: A Multi-Site Church Road Trip


Title: A Multi-Site Church Road Trip

Authors: Geoff Surrat, Greg Ligon & Warren Bird

Publishers: Zondervan, 1 edition (October 1, 2009)

I received the book, A Multi-Site Church Road Trip free from Zondervan and they asked for a review.

A Multi-Site Church Road Trip by Geoff Surrat, Greg Ligon and Warren Bird is a book which examines the journey towards the Multi-Site Church. It follows the route traveled by several Churches and focuses on what worked for them and what did not work.

The book explores several ways of evangelism or Church planting and takes the time to distinguish between a Church with multi sites and a Church of multi sites. This difference seems to be relevant in that it affects the whole structure of the Church. A good example was the New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, which opened different campuses on different Islands. Their approach was varied; some of the campuses achieved full independent status while others remained tied to the mother Church. In contrast was the Little Rock Bible Church, Arkansas, which had three campuses located in the same Church premises.

The point here was the flexibility of the Multi-Site model.

Different location realities where examined with a focus on what was actually feasible and what was not. The internet as a virtual campus was also explored.

It seems the main purpose of the Multi-Site Church is dual: (1) To positively affect communities and (2) To give room for new emerging leaders to grow.

I grew up an MK (Missionary Kid) so I must say that I appreciate this book; It brings the work of evangelism and Church planting along practical and doable lines. It is a step-by-step handbook with the benefit of other Churches’ experiences to guide a Church wanting to go multi-site.

It is easy to read and the style of writing flows seamlessly. The use of stories of other Churches keeps the book interesting and the pages turning. I recommend this book for Pastors, Church leaders, Missionaries and anyone who is interested in ways of getting the gospel of Christ out.

You can purchase the book from Amazon.com