“Jesus Manifesto” by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola

“Christians have made the gospel about so many things – things other than Christ. But Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives it meaning. Without Him, all things lose their value. They are but detached pieces floating around in space. That includes your life.” xv

 

Oh how I wish I could write such motivational and pulling words as those! This blog has taught me how to improve my writing, through experience, but I’m still so far off. Even now, as I write a book review for “Jesus Manifesto,” there’s so much that I wish I could pen, but know not how.

 

This book is crucial to where we are at – a crossroads in the faith. I’m firmly convinced that we need to make a move – all of Christianity is at stake. Sweet and Viola examine this utter reality and present what the main issue is: a lack of divinity of Christ. We get so focused on salvation, the Holy Spirit, etc., that now the “forgotten G-d” of our age is Jesus Christ, the Son. How embarrassing is that? As Sweet and Viola point out, we’ve gotten too caught up in “spiritual truth, value,virtue, or gift, yet miss Christ, who is Himself the embodiment and incarnation of all of these things.” xv

Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.

“Dad’s Bible, NCV Version”

This book review centers on the New Century Version, but more particularly: the Dad’s Bible. This is the counterpart to the Mom’s Bible. The binding is a reminder of one of those old man’s-man books that had the layers of dust and contained fairy tales for bedtime stories. A clear-type font, traditional thin pages that Bibles sport, and a greenish/brown tint make up the main formatting.

 

For the ultimate in testing, I chose to give this Bible as a gift to a pastor, and man, that I know well. Overall, he seemed to be rather short of excitement, which could have been due to either slew of Bibles in his bookshelf, or the overall plastic feel to the book. In all, my recommendation goes to finding a good Holman Bible, which carries not only a great accuracy, but also to quality craftmanship. Or for the nerd in your life, perhaps a Kindle version, for a fraction of the cost, if any at all?

Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.

“Captivating” by John & Stasi Elredge

John and Stasi are at it again. Updating and revising a bestseller, this is the woman’s equivalent of “Wild at Heart.” While every boy and man out there wants to know if they have what it takes (the knight in shining armor), every girl and woman need to know a simple thing: are they captivating? Are they a princess worth fighting for? Are they beautiful? John and Stasi write together, with a collection of experiences and anecdotes, to address how G-d answers that question. You are captivating. You are beautiful. You are worthy. And the Creator knows you by name, created you, and loves you deeply and intimately.

 

I attempted to read through this book, but I’ll have to be honest – I’m not much of one who’s deep into reading books about women, or motivational tools for the feminine soul. While this book is not for me, it may just be for the female reader in your life…

Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.