Transforming presence- Daniel Henderson   Leave a comment

 

This book I was keen to read, as there are not many books written about the person of The Holy Spirit. The author begins well bringing a careful distinction between the understanding of a force and the truth that The Holy Spirit is a person.

He then goes on to describe how The Spirit indwells each believer, and gives many scriptural references to explain this.

Next he explains how we are the church, and not the building, but personally I felt he went too far, basically saying we have no need for fancy buildings at all. I am sure many christians who have spent years in fervent prayer designing community based buildings would disagree.

He then moved on to worship, he obviously comes from a conservative background, and counsels against worship which seeks to stir the soul and the Spirit within us. He spoke against the idea of a presence of the Spirit coming around us in communal meetings, as he says the Spirit is within us only. I feel this is too narrow and doesn’t allow for a full picture of an omnipresent God.

This narrowness continues as he denies the idea of the glory falling, or any presence of God coming into a service. He writes of songs and how to be careful of the words and adjust them to this doctrine of his.

The book then continues in this narrow vein until all of his personal peeves have been covered.

I felt this was not a good book for a young christian to read, whatever denomination they belong to. As a mature christian I found some of the points interesting to think on and debate over, but generally they all came down to his insistence that The Holy Spirit indwells us, which is good theology, but is present in no other form nowadays, which is bad theology.

He has a supporting website, and a large ministry, so is not new to christianity. He has still made the mistake of boxing God, this time in the person of The Holy Spirit, into the format he sees him functioning in, and only that format. It is a common mistake, many fall into, young christians through niavety and older christians through their own arrogance.

I would not recommend this book.

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Posted August 2, 2018 by dianne7 in book review

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Romans (Everyday Bible Commentary series). Alan F Johnson   Leave a comment

The book of Romans outlines the important basic doctrines of the christian faith. So, it is important that we read and understand the book clearly.

This commentary seeks to simplify these difficult concepts and explain these clearly. The author tackles the text in a verse by verse format, providing a virtual translation of the book. A lot of time is taken to give background to Paul and the text, and to place the letter in historical context.

The most difficult passages are given extra detail and some of the different points of view are explained.

Romans is an important book of the bible to understand. I found this a good basic commentary, especially good for young christians. Personally i found some of the explanations served more to confuse than simplify. I feel it is important to read around the subjects of salvation, justification and sanctification in addition to just reading a commentary. This was not the best commentary i have read on romans, nor the best in the series.

Begin Again – Leena Tankersley   Leave a comment

 

This book is written as a memoir of the author, as she faces up to her past, which is still affecting her view of herself and her coping methods.

She uses the advice of a medieval monk, that whenever things go wrong, we should begin again. Essentially cutting short the condemnation and self punishment we often unleash on ourselves. The book is directed at other women on how to forgive themselves and to develop new healthy coping techniques.

The author challenges the reader to deal with our past and thus take another step towards becoming the women God created us to be.

The book is written very beautifully with a lyrical poetic style prose.

I enjoyed the book very much. It contains good advice which relates to all of us at all stages of our lives.

Posted July 18, 2018 by dianne7 in book review

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He is enough -Asheritah Ciuciu   Leave a comment

This is a bible study, ideally for small church groups, but will also work as a personal bible study too.
It is built on two levels, the first is called ‘snack on the go’ and is a light look at the scriptures. There is also a deeper level where the readers are challenged to look closer to the scriptures and there are a series of questions to help direct this.
The point of the book is to look at the Letter to the Colossians, and focus on the Supremacy of Christ.
It worked through the book and found the teaching sound. I found the study frustrating as it asked a lot of questions but failed to provide the answers within the book. I found this frustrating, if a young christian read this alone they would not necessarily work out all the answers themselves. In my opinion, this is a mistake.

Posted June 18, 2018 by dianne7 in Uncategorized

Poverty, Riches and Wealth- Kris Vollotton   Leave a comment

 

This book is written by a christian ex businessman and pastor, who believes that his own beliefs held him in relative poverty until God showed him where his mistakes lay. He expounds his discoveries, so we also can break free of our own poverty mindsets and discover wealth in God.

I expected the book to be in favour of the prosperity doctrine, which was perpetuated so much at the end of the previous century. However, I soon found I was incorrect.

The author is conscious that we should understand the difference between true Godly wealth and just being rich.

I found the book interesting. The author had interesting insight into modern society, and his section on the spirit of entitlement was brilliant.

Personally, I found a lot of the information about business baffled me, but am sure the book could be revelatory to a young christian business man.

This is an interesting read, just to consider the author’s ideas.

Posted June 7, 2018 by dianne7 in book review

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Acts (Everyday Bible Commentary series)- Charle C Ryrie   Leave a comment

 

This book is a simple commentary on the book of Acts. A lot of christians are intimidated by a commentary, as they tend to be full of footnotes, hebrew script and often prove difficult to follow.

However, this commentary can be read like a book. It flows easily from chapter 1 to the end with no breaks. It is divided into convenient sections, which serve to provide the outline of the book, and then further subdivided by topic headings with chapter and verse marking where the section begins and ends. The book works through Acts chronologically.

I fund that reading each section first in my bible then reading the matching section in the commentary was the best method for myself.

The book basically tells the story of Acts, but small details are added within the text which clarify points. These include background on major characters, geographical details and explanations of the intent of the text where it is implied but not written.

These points are very useful, but never so much that the straightforwardness of the text is disturbed.

If you are wary of using a commentary, this is the series to begin with. It is easy to read and helps expound the text in a simple clear way.

My only complaint is the total lack of footnotes. These would have been useful at the points where the author expressed his personal opinion, as the text is not completely clear. As it is, it may be difficult for a young christian to realise where these points are and automatically assimilate the authors opinions as fact.

Posted June 5, 2018 by dianne7 in book review

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The Complete Guide in Dream interpretation- Marsha Trimble Dunstan   Leave a comment

The idea of a book on dream interpretation which is christian in bias is very unusual. Most books tend to be strongly influenced by the early phychologists.

The book has a large section at the back containing lists of items and their meanings arranged by theme and alphabetically.

The first part of the book tells the background to the author’s experience as an interpreter of dreams. This is followed by several methods to use in interpreting a dream, each method illustrated by examples of dreams and how they could be interpreted.

I found this book very illuminating. This will be a greatly useful book to refer back to in years to come: a wonderful reference book.

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