Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson | Book Review

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author, who has composed some of my favorite songs (Is He Worthy?, Dancing in the Minefields, and You'll Find Your Way to be specific). The first two redesigned hardcover editions of his fantasy series, The Wingfeather Saga, are sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to finished reading the …

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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind | Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160178371X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=160178371X&linkId=f029758145080b0a7613153cd02d97d5 As the subtitle suggests, Saxton is drawing from a deep well of Puritan thoughts upon this subject. While Eastern forms of meditation are becoming ever more pervasive today, few associate meditation with Christianity; the Puritans, however, "regularly wrote, taught, and exhorted God's people to a life of meditation" (2). They are, therefore, a rich …

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A Review of The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300050607/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0300050607&linkId=f96ebbb86eb4eed82d2146e275ca6610 The Democratization of American Christianity was published in 1989 by Nathan O. Hatch, who was at that time a professor of history and vice president for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Notre Dame. Through this study of history, Hatch aims to describe how “the wave of popular religious movements that broke …

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Books Read in January

I've decided to take the 2017 Christian Reading Challenge... kind of. My aim is for the 52 books of the Committed Reader path, but I'm not fully implementing the various categories this year, just reading a book a week. So in an effort to give greater accountability, I plan to provide a list of the …

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Implications Abound: a collection of curiously Christian comics

You might expect a hypothetical smoothie to be terrible if it combined the following ingredients: comedy, doctrinal and Scriptural teaching, societal insights, and cartoon drawings. But Adam4d combines them wonderfully. Summary In light of his new book, which I have yet to read, I’ve decided to recommend Adam’s first book, Implications Abound. It is a …

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The NIV Lifehacks Bible

For the uninitiated, lifehacks are tips and tricks for doing mundane tasks more effectively and efficiently... at least, that’s their aim. And whether it’s getting the most out of a 7 minute exercise or amplifying your phone’s speaker with a cup or bowl, the internet is filled with hacks designed to make life simpler. But …

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Power Through Prayer

  Would you call yourself a prayerful Christian? How much of your time do you give to prayer daily? Do you enjoy praying? Questions like these can be difficult to answer because honest answers might prove to be painful as we quietly hope that no one is really supposed to enjoy praying. The reality is that prayer …

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Get Wise

A few months ago, I was praying about what sermon series to preach next, and Proverbs stuck out in my mind. Last year, I preached a quick series from the Psalms called Biblical Worship, so I could something similar with the Proverbs, calling it Biblical Wisdom. But I as poured over the book, I quickly …

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How to Read a Book

  Read page. Turn page. Repeat. Sounds simple, right? Nope. It just so happens that most of us don’t know how to read a book. Fortunately, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren are there to help. Summary How to Read a Book by the two men mentioned above has the difficult task of addressing a problem …

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