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  • Survive or Thrive, Six Relationships Every Pastor Needs by Jimmy Dodd

    Jimmy Dodd is founder and president of PastorServe, an organization devoted to aiding pastors in their lives and ministries.  Survive or Thrive details how PastorServe attempts to fulfill its mission.  Dodd founded PastorServe in 1999  to “provide care, coaching and crisis support to pastors” (p. 29).  The present problem, as Dodd sees it, is that most pastors’ gifting exceeds their maturity, a point the author demonstrates in the first section of the book.  In general, Dodd views most pastors as a mess, hiding behind a professional façade and trying to never disclose their brokenness.  The following generalization, toward the end of part one of the book, expresses his sentiments. I know that the pastor is fragmented and weak.  He has a temper, is generally a slob, and does not have the respect of his staff.  Sadly, he is commonly disrespectful of his spouse and he secretly abhors poetry.  And to…(Read More)

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  • The Key to Your Expected End by Katie Souza

    Katie Souza’s life was a complete mess.  Drugs, crime and violence led to imprisonment, where eventually she came to Christ who turned her life around and gave her a specific purpose – her “expected end.”  Souza’s expected end was to start a ministry for prisoners and to write this book …(Read More)
  • 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

    Tony Reinke seeks to answer the question, “What is the best use of my smartphone in the flourishing of my life (p. 20)?”  Few questions are more pertinent in an age obsessed with technology in general and the smartphone in particular.  While the smartphone was invented barely a decade ago …(Read More)
  • The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life, Connecting Christ to Human Experience by Jeremy Pierre

    Jeremy Pierre, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written in The Dynamic Heart a comprehensive, one might say intense, textbook designed to aid God’s people (pp. 9, 101, 105).  The author states early, “These pages are dedicated to showing how God designed people with dynamic …(Read More)
  • Taking Pascal’s Wager, Faith, Evidence and the Abundant Life by Michael Rota

    Michael Rota is associate professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas and obviously a brilliant philosopher and apologist.  He has determined in this book to modernize and defend the so-called Pascal’s wager, developed by the 19th century French mathematician and theological Blaise Pascal.  In essence the wager is …(Read More)
  • Every Thought Captive, A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth by Richard L. Pratt, Jr

    The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society sums up this book well: “Richard Pratt has written a manual to help ordinary people engage in apologetics along the lines of Van Til’s approach.  In the process he has translated the philosophical terminology of Van Tillian apologetics into everyday language…both sound and …(Read More)