Category Archives: Book Reviews

Reviews of some of the books I’ve read.

A Read for the Stressed, Overwhelmed or Burnt Out Soul (Book Review)

Relief from overwhelm, freedom from stress, the end of burn out, the elimination of hurry. Does that sound like something you need?

John Mark Comer has written detailing how we need to overcome hurry in our lives and how to start the process. His book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry is rightly subtitled, How to Stay Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World.

This book contains truth and practices of crucial need in our modern lives. The author begins by sharing his own story of burn out which I found of great encouragement and help. The book then goes on to speak on the dangers of hurry and technology alongside the importance of being emotionally and spiritually healthy.

Technology has helped us and yet also challenged us with constant notifications that make us reachable 24/7. Hurry, busyness and productivity have become near gods in our lives, controlling us in ways that can quickly lead to burn out. One could even say they have begun to control many of us.

I believe this book is a critical message for our general. Hurry is presented as the enemy of our spiritual lives, and rightfully so. Hurry is uncovered as an issue affecting even the depths of our souls. Addiction to technology is shown as the controlling idol it has become.

The question is, will we let this knowledge spur us to action or not?

This book explains how certain spiritual disciplines and life-altering practices can help alleviate the toxicity of hurry in our lives. These practices include silence and solitude, sabbath-keeping and rest, simplicity and slowing down.

By employing these spiritual practices in our lives, we will find hurry and distraction no longer keeping us from living life as we should live it. We can begin to find ourselves truly present in every moment.

A review copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Debunking the Myths About Hearing God (Book Review)

Many of us have confusing ideas regarding what it means to hear from God. We think of audible voices or outlandish experiences. We think we’ll hear Him as obviously as if fireworks had been set off and doubts will not exist when He speaks.

We all know what really happens though: We doubt, we hear subtle things we aren’t sure are God. Meanwhile, another Christian seems to have those fireworks encounters and we feel like something must be wrong with us. Perhaps we just aren’t as spiritual as the people around us. Continue reading

Honest Worship: With All We Are (Book Review)

I recently read a new book about worship. The book, Honest Worship by Manuel Luz, is written for more than just worship leaders, singers and musicians; it is for every believer.

Honest Worship provokes us to stay true to the heart of worship and the heart of what it means to be in relationship with God. The book covers topics about worshiping God with the entirety of our lives. It includes our weekly worship services but also branches out into every aspect of our lives. Continue reading

Squashing Religious Hindrances: The Ragamuffin Gospel (Book Review)

Far too often the truth of God’s grace has been polluted with legalism, rules and religion, hindering the children of God from the fullness of a life-giving, intimate relationship with their Creator-Father, from receiving the acceptance and love purchased for them by Christ on Calvary.

I recently read a book that helps fight against this battle which so often hinders one’s relationship with Christ and Father God. This book, The Ragamuffin Gospel by the late Brennan Manning, is a must read book that brings us back to this central truth of the Gospel of grace. Continue reading

Go Deep Right Where You Are: Come Matter Here (Book Review)

Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher brings us an important message: “Be where your feet are.” Stay, go deep with others and make a difference where you are.

We often tend toward spending our lives waiting for the next big thing, that call to a certain place or event in our lives. So few stay put and make a difference right where they are.

We can’t all go to the big ministry organization or other countries, and that’s okay because the place is not the point. Some of us have to stay and reach those around us right here, to build God’s Kingdom right where we are. Whether a small town or the big city, a tiny church or just our family, these people matter just as much. Continue reading