Twitterature: Recent Christian Reads (June 2014)

Understanding the 66 Books of the BibleUnderstanding the 66 Books of the Bible by David Jeremiah
Liked this one quite a bit – it included a brief overview of the books, as well as a key thought, scripture, prayer, and action. Super brief, but it worked well at what it was – a cursory sketch of each book.

Insight's Archaeology Handbook
Insight’s Archaeology HandbookInsight's Archaeology Handbook by Insight for Living
By “handbook” this one means “overview” as well – this is not an in-depth look at things by any means. It focuses on 10 key archaeological findings, and how they connect to the Bible. I enjoyed it, and it was just the amount of depth I wanted right now.

Praying God's Word for Your HusbandPraying God’s Word for Your HusbandPraying God's Word for Your Husband by Kathi Lipp by Kathi Lipp
Liked the structure for this – she’s pulled together scriptures relating to specific topics, so you can pray for your husband directly from the Bible. Topics include things like his relationships (with God and others), safety, work, etc.

Strange GodsStrange GodsStrange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life by Elizabeth Scalia by Elizabeth Scalia
I think it’s easy to believe that we don’t have idols any more (at least not the same way they did back in Old Testament times), but Scalia explains how easy it is to have modern idols: idols of self, of plans, of technology, of sex. Everything in our lives has the potential to become an idol. Some of the specifics she details I skimmed as they seemed to relate more for Catholics, but even as a Protestant I found most of the book eye-opening and worth reading.

Stop Dating the ChurchStop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of GodStop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris by Joshua Harris
Perfectly timed read as far as our church search goes – it was more motivation to find one and get settled into it, truly making it our home. (Link goes to the revised version, which has a new title.)

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  1. That Joshua Harris book is intriguing to me… And what a perfect maturity from his publications 12 or so years ago…

    • I’m very glad I read it, especially after seeing it waiting for me for years and years (wish I was exaggerating here, but I’m not).

  2. This is great! Thank you, very nice brief easy to read comments on these books yet gleamed enough info to find out if I would read them or not! I especially want to get Understanding the 66 Books of the Bible.

    • I really enjoyed that one – loved the format, and seeing what they’d highlighted as the key concept/verse/prayer etc, for each book was fascinating for me.

  3. The Kathi Lipp book reminds me of a book by Art and Laraine Bennett, entitled The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse (it’s a companion book to The Temperament God Gave You). Definitely worth checking out if you get a chance! I read it while I was engaged, and it gave me some great insight into how my fiancee (now husband) and I approach conflict differently. Great for turning potential arguments into chances to help each other!

    • That sounds really interesting – I’ll see if I can find it! I love those sorts of books. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Over from the Twitterature link-up! The archaeology book sounds so interesting. You sound like me….scaffolding your own learning? It works!! 🙂 Good to hear review on Strange Gods, too.

  5. Thanks for sharing these! The Scalia book has me most intrigued.

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