Finding the Will of God, a Pagan Notion? by Bruce K. Waltke

Not since Garry Friesen’s Decision Making and the Will of God have I read a satisfying book on the modern day Christian phenomenon of finding God’s specific will for one’s life. When I purchased Waltke’s volume my hopes were high that someone would add insight to Friesen’s work. My hopes soared in the early portions […]

Finding Our Way Again, the Return to the Ancient Practices by Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren, the most recognizable name in the emergent church movement, signals a shift, or at least a new emphasis within emergent, toward ancient practices of earlier periods of church history. As usual, McLaren believes the church has lost its way due to its refusal to follow God’s leading. The church has become “proud and […]

Finding God in the Questions by Dr. Timothy Johnson

Dr. Johnson, the well-known medical editor for ABC News, has written this book to tell the story of his personal spiritual quest. The reader will come away with a portrait of Dr. Johnson as a kind, honest, thoughtful man, truly wanting to do right and searching for answers. Those conservative Christians hoping that in Johnson […]

Exploding the Myths that Could Destroy America by Erwin W. Lutzer

Anything Lutzer writes is worth reading. He does not give superficial answers to complex issues, so even if you don’t agree, he causes you to think. In Exploding, Lutzer is dealing with concerns such as morality, abortion, communism, evolution, pornography and the church’s role in politics. His thoughts are usually clear, solid and worth consideration. […]

Desiring God & The Pleasures of God by John Piper

Desiring God and The Pleasures of God are two quite excellent books that come from the mind and heart of John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. I am somewhat unfamiliar with Piper’s wider ministry and so I am not in a position to comment on that, but regarding these two books there […]

Depression, a Stubborn Darkness by Edward T. Welch

Welch has written a helpful book dealing with a common problem—depression. He writes of depression’s many causes, examines the causes in the light of Scripture and presents a biblical response. One surprising lapse in Welch’s biblical approach to depression is his apparent acceptance of low self-worth and self-image as being one of its causes (pp. […]

Decisions, Decisions by Dave Swavely

A number of years ago, Gary Friesen wrote a book entitled Decision Making and the Will of God that presented an excellent biblical critique concerning decision making. Friesen challenged the traditional view, so popular today, that God leads His people through hunches, feelings, promptings and other subjective means. Friesen argued convincingly that God does not […]

Deceived On Purpose by Warren Smith

Rick Warren and his Purpose-Driven Life have spawned a small industry of Bereans compelled to point out the unbiblical nature of so much that is claimed. Some have focused on the psychological entanglements, others, such as myself, on the misuse and abuse of the Word. Smith pinpoints the New Age implications and Warren’s links with […]

Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

Dark Night of the Soul is one of the most important pieces of literature undergirding classical Christian mysticism. The phrase “dark night of the soul” has become, on a popular level, the description of a period of deep depression or dryness, but this is certainly not what St. John meant. St. John was a Roman […]