October 2010

Joe’s #13-The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing To Our Brain

October 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

I love to read. Apart from blogging here about books, I also blog a few other places about what I read. The problem is of course, having money to read. Books are not cheap and I am not saying that they should be, I’m just pointing out that occasionally, a book reader has to make choices.  There are books I only buy when they are on sale, at a used book store or other such reduced price venue. Occasionally, I want to read a book that I simply cannot justify buying. More accurately, I want to use my book money on other books and I’m not sure if I want to dip into my emergency book fund money to purchase this book. So, I go to Barnes & Nobles and I read the book there. I start out just skimming chapters. Kind of reading it piece meal. Then I read some online reviews of the book. If by this point, I’m still not sure I want to buy the book but I am sure I want to continue reading it, I will continue my Barnes & Noble approach over a period of time. This is what I did with the […]

Ron’s #38: Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

October 24, 2010 // 1 Comment

I’m not too much into leadership books. I’ve read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and How to Win Friends and Influence People a few years ago, so I’m good, right? Mark read Switch and kept telling me stories from it. I liked the premise of how to get people to switch the way they are currently doing something into a better way. To simplify, this book is about getting people to do things you want them to do when they do not want to. (If Mark gave me this synopsis, I’d have thought it was a book on mentalism or hypnotics). This book is filled with story after story with how change occurs, whether in business, government, or education. As a teacher, I thought I could use a bit of help in motivating students to switch their current ways. The brothers Chip and Dan Heath use the image of the Rider and an Elephant on a Path as the metaphor of the book. The Rider is our rational side and the Elephant represents our emotional side. Switch is about how to appeals to both to have the Rider guide the Elephant down a designated Path. While I didn’t always […]

Marks #35 – Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russell Moore (232 pages)

October 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

One of the areas in the American church where God seems to be moving powerfully is in calling Christian families to pursue and support adoption.   I could be wrong, I don’t know about the actual numbers, but it seems from my limited  experience and friendships that many have gone down or begun the adoption journey – to which I say praise God. Though I bought this book on the review and recommendation of blogger Tim Challies, both my wife and Ron Coia read the book before I did (read his review for more insight).   The catalyst for me to read the book came while preparing a message in a sermon series on the book of Galatians.  At the beginning of Galatians 4, Paul explains how as Christians, we are all adopted by God into His family and are consequently heirs to the family inheritance.   This was one of my favorite messages to give, and I owe a lot of the insight and illustrations to Russell Moore and this book. I would encourage all Christians to read this book, to both understand earthly adoption and our heavenly adoption. Share on Facebook

Mark’s #34 – Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller (210 pages)

October 24, 2010 // 0 Comments

Timothy Keller is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.  He’s well known for being a leader in cultural engagement, philosophical thought (see his book Reason For God) and gospel grounded sermons and books. As the title suggests, Counterfeit Gods deals with many of the most prominent idols both individually and culturally that 21st century Americans have embraced such as romantic love, money, success, power, and others.   Keller exposes each of these idols using both contemporary examples and biblical illustrations.  He shows, as Calvin said, “The human heart is an idol factory.” The problem with all of our idols is that, because they are counterfeit gods, they can not hold up to the weight of god like status in our lives… For example, eventually money will fail to deliver on it’s promise of security and happiness. I appreciate Keller’s writing style and clarity.   More than this, I particularly appreciate the way he is able to guide the reader back to the heart of gospel as our only source of hope in this life. Unfortunately, or rather thankfully,  reading a whole book on idolatry personally served to expose many of my deep-seated idols that I still cling […]

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