Sunday, March 30, 2008

Book(s) of the Week(s)

I forgot to post last week's book since I was on Spring Break living la vida loca.

At the suggestion of my lovely wife, I read through "Toddler Wise." It was a helpful little resource for sure, especially since Owen is our first toddler. Not that anybody really cares, but the best chapter was probably the one on potty training. We'll start that pretty soon, and we'll load Owen full of treats if he learns how to keep his diapers clean.

Anyway, moving on to this week's book of the week, I'll be reading several excerpts of works from Abraham Kuyper. He was part of the foundation of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. He's been dead for about 90 years, and I've never really read much from him, but I see his name mentioned from time to time as a resource in some of the books I read. I should learn a lot this week, since I'm pretty ignorant about the guy.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Book (aka Movie) of the Week

Since this is the week leading up to Easter, I've decided to watch the Passion of Christ in place of reading another book outside of Scripture. Each morning, Jennifer and I will watch 15 minutes of the film. We started this morning, and we'll finish on Easter morning. We prayed this morning that it would not be entertainment to us, but rather be a meditative experience for us with regards to the ugliness of our sin and beauty of God's love.

If you own a copy of the movie, I think it will be a great focus for meditation this week. Feel free to join along.

(By the way, last week's book, "The Godly Man's Picture" by Thomas Watson has been the best book I've read this year...apart from Scripture).

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Reason for God

Jennifer and I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday afternoon and on the first table we came to, I saw Tim Keller's new book, "The Reason for God." I won't be starting it real soon, but I bought it and skimmed through it. Each chapter deals with the big questions from skeptics. Some of the chapter ideas include: Is there really only one way to heaven? Why does God allow suffering? How can a loving God send people to Hell? Can the Bible be trusted?
Based on what I've read from Keller before, I think he will write with clarity on some difficult questions. Should be a great book

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Book of the Week

This week's book was written by Puritan Thomas Watson. It's called, "The Godly Man's Picture."
I've never read it before, but here's a blurb from the back of the book:

"Few preachers in the Puritan era (or any other period of church history) match Thomas Watson for his ability to combine rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine and sane wisdom with fascinating illustrations and a pleasant style...Watson works with a Scripture pencil in this priceless sketch of the true believer."

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Book of the Week

Unfortunately, I didn't get to finish Driscoll's book this past week on my Disney trip. I'll finish it soon though.
This week's book is one that I've read several times, but I'm reading it again because our youth small groups are going through it together: Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper.

I love the book, and I think its a great book for young people.

As far as reviewing Vintage Jesus by Driscoll, I've found it to be like a humorous Christology book. In other words, its not much different than taking a theology course with a focus on Christology, except that he adds humor to it. I haven't found it to be extremely enlightening, however I do think it would be a good book for group study in a church as a way to introduce good theology in a reader-friendly way.

As for Disney, the Yeti ride at Animal Kingdom was the best. I think its called Expedition Everest.