Book Review: The One Jesus Loves

“Grace is unconditionally given, intimacy must be relentlessly pursued.”  The subtitle caught my attention.  Perhaps this is because so many who profess to follow Jesus seem to have no real knowledge of who Jesus is.  Knowledge requires intimacy, at least in the sense of closeness.  In his book, The One Jesus Loves, Robert Crosby explains how a […]

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How to Be Rich

Money has this strange influence upon those who hold it.  If we are not careful, those who hold money will find themselves being held by that which they thought was theirs.  Andy Stanely helps us understand these dangers and points us in the right direction in How to Be Rich.  This is perhaps the best modern, […]

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Pirates on the Farm

written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta In a small, rural farming community the last thing anyone expected was for pirates to move in.  These pirates didn’t come to pillage and plunder but to try their hand at farming.  Their unorthodox approach to farming and lack of manners soon lands them in trouble […]

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The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits

Quick Synopsis Darrin Patrick, pastor-chaplain-dude, writes the best contemporary book on manliness that I have read to date. I was skeptical going into the book, but Patrick kept the conversation real, direct, and applicable. He challenges the myths and misconceptions the world offers up as true manliness and builds a picture of a man who […]

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A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living

Quick Synopsis – I must admit that I am disappointed.  This is the book I wanted to write and Dr. Kevin Watson beat me to it.  No matter.  The important thing is that it has been written.  A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living offers the reader a simple […]

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The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience

Quick Synopsis: Don’t let the title confuse you.  Only Methodists will understand it.  Actually, I take that back.  Only those who have studied Methodist theology and methodology will understand it.  In fact, that’s the point of the author – we’ve lost the practice, and therefore the benefits, of the Class Meeting. In a nut shell, the […]

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James: Faith Becomes Real

James: Faith Becomes Real by Carole Arceneaux This short book (only 122 pages) is Carole Arceneaux’s efforts at a devotional guide for the letter of James.  The book comprises a myriad of two to three page chapters that follow a single verse to several verses.  The entries are not so much commentary as they are […]

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