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“Godforsaken” by Dinesh D’Souza – Solid book with a couple of holes still


I recently read “Godforsaken,” by Dinesh D’Souza and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It has been a while since I’ve read an apologetic book and found that I really liked being challenged to think logically about my faith.

D’Souza offers this book as his explanation of why bad things happen to good people.  He addresses how a perfectly good God who is also infinitely powerful could allow evil and suffering in the world.  He seems to do so in a clear, succinct, and convincing manner.  However, I will say that he left a couple of holes in his arguments.

As I read the book, I found myself really believing his arguments, but also thinking through some of my own issues with the problems he addresses.  While I enjoyed the basic concept that it is impossible to have a perfect creation without the capacity for evil that also loves God.  D’Souza says it’s basically like asking God to create a 3-sided square.  It would no longer be a square, just as love would no longer be love if evil were not also present.  Because of that, man has the opportunity to choose evil and some people do.

I had a difficult time, however, going along with his argument that we need to re-define “omnipotence.”  I think that God is able to do things that to us do seem impossible, therefore, his definition of the power/resources to do anything that is possible seems a little limiting.

While I haven’t subjected this book to the “atheist test,” I believe that it could be a powerful help to those dealing with doubt.  Overall, I highly recommend the book, more as a way to get your mind thinking through these things for yourself than just for the arguments for their own sake.

Please note that I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers for free in exchange for this unbiased review.

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Book Review: “Max on Life” by Max Lucado

I enjoy a good Max Lucado book from time to time, but I will admit that his stuff has become somewhat stale to me. They all seem to be the same…feel-good, God loves you books written in different ways with different stories. While his writing style is impeccable, I would prefer something more. This is finally that book. I am again a fan of Max Lucado.

In this book, Lucado answers questions he has received from people throughout his years of ministry. And, he answers them honestly, in his style. He answers questions about Heaven, Hell, hope, relationships, and others. He also doesn’t just rehash older books, which some of his “new” books have become, but actually writes valuable information.

I also enjoy the fact that the chapters are short. For some reason, I just like to be able to read quick chapters when I have the time. This is a great book by a man who has many already to his credit.

P.S. I also received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Book Review: “Beyond Talent” by John Maxwell

John Maxwell is known for one thing, being a leader of leaders. And he does that one thing extremely well. He has learned to communicate timeless truths into understandable actions that we can take to improve our leadership. Despite the fact that he has dozens of books out, he still continues to find things to speak about. This book is another one of those.

I enjoy John Maxwell, although his stuff is usually on the higher end of the price scale. He is similar to Dale Carnegie in that his principles are not necessarily surprising or new, just put in simpler terms. He then throws in an example of someone who utilized (or failed to utilize) the principle he is describing.

In this book Maxwell chooses to talk about talent. Whereas many people try to lead simply on talent alone, Maxwell says that the best leaders are those who find their talents and utilize them, but ALSO mix in a bunch of right choices along the way.

My only drawback to this and other John Maxwell books are that he tries to talk about SO MANY aspects of leadership in one book. This is where I prefer to read something by Andy Stanley. Give me one concept that I can remember so that I do something rather than get things mixed together. With Maxwell’s stuff I usually just pick one principle that I need most and try to apply that. Overall, though, this is another quality book from John Maxwell.

P.S.  As with many of the books on here, I received this free from in exchange for this honest review.

Book review: “Fruit of the Spirit: Love: Cultivating Spirit-Given Character” by Calvin Miller

“Fruit of the Spirit: Love: Cultivating Spirit-Given Character” by Calvin Miller was an average book. I got it because I was led to believe it contained some great small group material. It doesn’t. It is a basic study that contains some decent information and a few suggestions for small group questions, but nothing I would probably use.

I will admit. I am coming at this from the perspective of a youth leader, so perhaps this would be more useful in an adult setting. However, for my purposes, I have a lot of other more useful material. It’s not that it’s overtly terrible, it’s just not incredible either.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this review.

Precious Moments Storybook Bible great family read

I recently received a free copy of “Precious Moments Storybook Bible” from Thomas Nelson Publishers through in exchange for this honest review and I have to say, I was impressed.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this Bible. Most people know of Precious Moments, including myself. I, however, have an image of watering down principles to make them appeal to the masses. While I’m not going to claim that this is a deep, theological Bible study, it’s also not meant to be. This book is made for families. Children are supposed to be able to receive something out of this Bible while giving parents a bit of a fresh perspective on the Word. It succeeds in both respects.

I have a 7-month-old daughter, so she is not really able to understand the words, but she loves the pictures. I also noticed while reading this paraphrase for kids, that I gained a little deeper insight into the basic message of the chosen stories from the Bible. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with young children, especially girls.

Book Review – Andy Stanley’s “The Principle of the Path”

I recently received a copy of Andy Stanley’s “The Principle of the Path” from Thomas Nelson Publishers (in exchange for this free review). I must say, everything I read by Andy Stanley seems to be gold. There are a few authors in that category (John Maxwell, Bill Hybels) and Andy Stanley is becoming one of them.

In this book, Stanley explores his “discovery” of a universal principle that he calls the “principle of the path.” Basically, he sums it up like this, “Just as there are physical paths that lead to predictable physical locations, there are others kinds of paths that are equally as predictable.” Stanley suggests that choosing certain paths/decisions in any area of life (emotional, spiritual, relational, etc.) leads to certain, predictable outcomes.

Also included is a study guide for people who want to go through this with a group or a mentor. I personally don’t get much out of the study guides that are included with books, but if you’re into that, this has one.

Overall, this is another winning book by a great communicator. I highly recommend it.