More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure

A Book Review by Wendy Drumm

26309280I am not inclined to give five star reviews.  I think that it undermines the validity of the best if every book is the best quality.  I think that five star reviews should be reserved for books that I felt are good enough to be read multiple times or own multiple copies.  This book was true on both counts.  My current dilemma is how to give this book away to other people, while still retaining it to read through again.

This is a book on Christian discipleship by author Todd Wilson, and it is a very practical book.  This book effectively walks through the steps to identifying your best area of service, while remaining faithful to the commission to go into the world and make disciples through the fullness of Jesus Christ.  With the support of a resource website, the author guides the reader through practical steps for identifying your unique nature and spiritual gifts.  While I’m sure all of us would love to believe that we are evangelists, not all of us are suited for that calling.  As it is written in the Bible there are many gifts and parts of the body of Christ, the church, and we should all strive to do our best within our own area of gifting.  If we are gifted to teach, we should teach.  If you are gifted to prophesy, then prophesy (Romans 12:6).

I felt that this book was a resource that could be used within a Bible study or small group discipleship program.  It is my personal intent to utilize this book to develop a curriculum within my church.  I want to use the ideas outlined in the chapters to lead others through identifying their spiritual gifting and empower them to go out and make disciples right where they live, in their own sphere of influence.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Man, Myth & Messiah

A Book Review by Pastor Adam Drumm

51YsrgmQ7mL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_In his follow up book to Gods Not Dead, author and Pastor Rice Broocks argues for the historical evidence of Jesus in Man, Myth, Messiah.  Taking the reader step by step, Broocks first presents the historical evidence that Jesus actually existed.  In this first section of the book, Broocks takes the reader through historical documents and writings to prove the existence of Jesus Christ as man, and then takes the reader through more evidence to prove both the historical evidence of the Gospel accounts and the reliability of the Gospel accounts to prove that The Bible is a reliable source of evidence.

In the following section of his book, Broocks dispels the myths concerning Jesus and Scripture.  Broocks comparatively studies the claims and theories concerning God and Jesus, and shows that many of these myths were either produced, or altered years after the life of Jesus and the canon of scripture was solidified.  In the final portion of the book, Broocks leads the reader through scripture to show that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies foretold of the coming messiah, and that those who may have claimed to have done so also could not lay claim to the same fulfillment.

What was surprising about this book is the last two chapters.  Pastor Broocks provides not just the evidence and arguments for Jesus as Messiah, but he also provides information concerning how we as the Church can begin to implement a discipleship program to engage people with the Gospel and the truth of the Word of God. In a step by step outline, Broocks describes how we can begin to engage, establish, equip and empower those we encounter daily with the truth of the Gospel.

This book is a great read for its apologetic arguments and evidence in these areas, and for the final chapters on discipleship and defending the faith.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”