Reviews by Book Nerd
On 3/11 Book Nerd wrote: Max Lucado is a well-known author of devotionals and books. In this new devotional, aimed at the hearts & minds of the younger generation, Lucado offers a glimpse into life centered on God and His Son Jesus Christ. This devotional is: Dated for each day of the year: some readers like this, some don’t. ... A simple devotional worth using with your family
On 3/3 Book Nerd wrote: Love-ology will prove to be an insightful resource for singles, engaged and married couples. In this book, Comer, (author) sets out to see how simple love really is when seen through the lens of scripture. This doesn’t mean that the act of loving is always simple, but the concept was never intended ... A refresher on love
On 2/12 Book Nerd wrote: Where exactly is God when life hurts? Philip Yancey addressed that question in the prequel to this new book (The Question that never goes away – WHY). First off let me state this updated text is hardback and the printing format is different. Let me say, that the book is very readable and is in traditional ... Stop avoiding the question and ask...
On 1/31 Book Nerd wrote: Kyle Idleman has a way with words that are convicting but they fall gently on the heart. If you read Not a Fan, you know what I’m talking about…especially if you saw any of the videos that correlated with the text. In this new book, which pulls the focus onto idolatry, Idleman does a similar thing ... WIsdom for the young soul
On 1/20 Book Nerd wrote: The bible is a book about God. It contains the story of Jesus’ redeeming love & nature from cover to cover. The first statement in the scriptures is “In the beginning, God…” The bible doesn’t begin with man, creatures, or earth. It begins with God. The Old Testament is the story of Creation, ... Great bible as a whole
On 1/7 Book Nerd wrote: “Look, just figure it out!” “If it’s gonna be, it’s up to me!” These are common phrases that define manhood in the context of our society today. But these phrases are not the original definition of manhood. Manhood begins by losing your life & looking to one greater model and that is Christ. ... Needed!
On 12/23 Book Nerd wrote: This is without a doubt one of Andy Stanley’s stronger books. This could be because of the subject matter & how prevalent it is in our society. However, Stanley’s premise & logic throughout the book are both strong. Within this book, Stanley shifts the perspective from getting to giving and how ... Being Rich in Heart
On 12/11 Book Nerd wrote: Mentoring is a lost art in many cirlces of life…both in church & society. Here’s what a few notable folks say about mentoring: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ... Good, not great.
On 11/26 Book Nerd wrote: There is a 3rd volume of a traditional resource available and that is Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook. In this book are the following: Sermons/Outlines (weekly) Sermons/Outlines (special occasions) Sermons/Outlines (full manuscripts) The following are contributors: Daniel Akin Mark Bailey Matt ... Use wisely
On 11/15 Book Nerd wrote: John MacArthur is a classic evangelical and has a strong presence in the pulpit, which makes him familiar with preachers everywhere. MacArthur has authored numerous books, most of which are classics that will make reverberations for generations to come. His newest text, Strange Fire, is a book emphasizing ... Strange Fire ablaze
On 10/25 Book Nerd wrote: If you appreciate stories based on true events, you’ll enjoy this book. If you appreciate thrilling action, you’ll enjoy this book. If you appreciate a plot that holds your attention, you’ll enjoy this book. If you appreciate history, you’ll enjoy this book. Shawn Hoffman is a master ... Gripping storyline
On 10/9 Book Nerd wrote: Upon receiving this book, I was quite excited to read a behind-the-scenes tail of a young man who has excelled on the gridiron. As I began to get the behind-the-scenes look into the life of this young man and his faith, I realized I was reading a documentary on NFL Quarterbacks. This book is overflowing ... OK
On 10/2 Book Nerd wrote: As the author of Plan B, Pete Wilson writes another simple but weighty book. Pete has a way with words and you'll find yourself picking up on his phrases, statements and thoughts rather easily, while you read. I suggest a highlighter or two, because you're going to use them. This book is for EVERYONE. ... Open up to Hope anew
On 9/18 Book Nerd wrote: Derwin Gray, ex-NFL linebacker is an encourager of grace. With the passion that he tackled opponents, he also tackles life and lives abundantly. Within this book are personal accounts of grace that will grip you and encourage you to thrive in life, not just merely survive. Don’t get it wrong, there ... Encouragement abounds!
On 9/11 Book Nerd wrote: Ken Davis is known for being masterful at public speaking and what he offers in this book is worth holding on to. What you will find within these pages are going to be gold for your toolbox of communicating. One of the secrets or implications from this book is that less is more, because less allows ... Secrets worth sharing!
On 8/27 Book Nerd wrote: When it comes to pornography, there are some things that must be understood. 1. Pornography is the leading industry of sin & therefore paves the way for destroying lives. 2. Pornography is common both outside of the church & inside the church. It is a struggle for so many men & women. 3. Pornography ... FINALLY...
On 8/20 Book Nerd wrote: Jesus cares for people. This is evident in the gospel stories that tell about Him and of Him. One thing that Jesus aimed to do was take His time & not rush through the lives of people. In this new book, Mike Nappa examines 10 stories in the gospels & in these stories he sets his anchor of exposition ... No need to rush
On 8/14 Book Nerd wrote: One of the great intimidations of the bible is the Old Testament. The problem lies within the question: What is the reader searching for? A person who is looking for something specifically will look much harder & with greater intrigue if they know what it is they are trying to find & seize. If readers ... He is there & He is not silent
On 7/27 Book Nerd wrote: There are times where nothing will occur without a fight. Believe it or not there are things worth fighting for. For example, your heart is worth fighting for. So fight the stream that culture is sending your way & swim against it. But to swim against it, you’re going to have to battle and the Lord ... Fight...for God's sake.
On 7/10 Book Nerd wrote: Have you ever wanted to take a risk worth taking? Have you ever wanted to push all of your chips to the table and let the cards fall? There is a new book that may prompt you to do just that with your life. ALL IN emphasizes taking the risk that is worth taking…which is making the decision to surrender ... Tis not better to be safe than sorry
On 6/28 Book Nerd wrote: The WIlder family was decieved by their good works for their own glory and for the fame of the local LDS church. However, God clearly pursued them by His grace and their documentation of that pursuit is powerful. This family was neck deep in the Mormon faith and completely devoted for the work of the ... Grace for the doubters
On 6/21 Book Nerd wrote: There are many people who lose their job for unseen reasons & circumstances. These periods of life lead people through doubt, confusion and anxiety and often lead them to question who they are (?), and their work ethic. In this brief but helpful resource, Rick Pritikin offers help & hope for the hurting ... But, why?
On 6/13 Book Nerd wrote: Sports is one of the largest idols in the world and specifically, America. People worship the team of their city & region. People spend incredible amounts of time and money invested into these teams and even when they are traveling to play on the road. If you take one look at a stadium on any given day ... Intentional about walking with God
On 5/15 Book Nerd wrote: The local church has numerous implications for its purpose and existence but what stands alone at the top priority or vision for the local church is making disciples. Discipleship is key to causing a local church to thrive instead of just survive. Randy Pope has written a highly practical text that ... Insourcing locally
On 4/26 Book Nerd wrote: Every person on earth is unique. All are designed specifically by our Creator. However, all are not isolated from one another, no matter how much we think we are or how badly we wish we could be individualistic in all aspects of life. Pastor/Author, Chris Brauns has provided a book that emphasizes ... Bound Together in Him
On 4/21 Book Nerd wrote: Douglas Weiss has been “Clean” for 25+ years and has devoted his entire life to helping those trapped in sexual sin to rescue & recovery. The book begins with the truth, there is nothing to hide, because God knows everything. There are no such secrets kept from God. Therefore, allow yourself to ... Clean & Accountable
On 4/13 Book Nerd wrote: Eric Metaxas is most-known for his biography, Bonhoeffer. It was labeled as a biography of uncommon power and received the award for Book of the Year. Metaxas is currently the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary (www.breakpoint.org) that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight ... 7 Men worth learning from
On 4/5 Book Nerd wrote: What’s your Mark is an inspiring collection of stories regarding those who have made a mark and are still making a mark on society. The brief book is includes the following content: 120 full-color pages of Scripture, stories, and photography by Jeremy Cowart 21 photos & stories of people who made ... Leaving a mark
On 3/26 Book Nerd wrote: It is not if, but when life gives you lemons. Everyone has days of discouragement, challenge and confusion. There are times, more often than not, that try our patience, wonder, and faith. Sometimes it is encouraging to hear similar stories from others who were dealt tough hands and/or thrown curveballs ... Sour can be made sweet
On 3/19 Book Nerd wrote: The first thing of notice from Larry Osborne’s book (that applies to everyone) are the numerous endorsements. There are thirty-six to be exact! The most interesting endorsement comes from the author’s mother; “Larry’s Mom”. “This is truly an amazing book. Such wisdom is hard to find. If ... It was an Accident
On 3/13 Book Nerd wrote: Rice Broocks writes with simplicity on an often misunderstood and misinterpreted subject: Apologetics. Broocks helps the non-scholar understand a scholarly subject with this book. This book is a counter to skeptics who believer there is no meaning/purpose in life whatsoever and that we rule our own ... Helpful tool. A good place to start.
On 3/1 Book Nerd wrote: Kyle Idleman smashed onto the Christian book scene with Not a Fan. His writing in his first title is clear & pointed and the same goes for gods at war. Idolatry is the root problem that every human being is born with. The problem gets more severe as time goes on, while we age. It doesn’t take long ... The war within each person...
On 2/16 Book Nerd wrote: Author, Judah Smith, has produced a text that tries to explain Jesus in a refreshing way. The author’s implications are… Jesus is your Friend. Jesus is Grace. Jesus is the Point. Jesus is Happy. Jesus is Here. Jesus is Alive. Within these explanatory chapters are attempts to bridge the truth ... Jesus is.....
On 1/29 Book Nerd wrote: Ken Mansfield has pulled back the curtain on his fight(s) with cancer & his battles through it all. This book is a memoir of his 2-round bout with deadly cancer. The first portion is labeled “Book One” and is a journal memoir of his life before cancer & through the first bout. The second bout ... Stumbling on...
On 1/18 Book Nerd wrote: Max Lucado is a well-known author in the evangelical world. His books are very seasoned with grace & this devotional (a re-print/updated edition) is no different. This devotional is a 31-day guide to help you grow into the image of Jesus. Each day is set with scripture, a brief commentary/illustration ... Just like Jesus, Just like other devotionals
On 1/9 Book Nerd wrote: Pastor & author, Mark Driscoll, has written numerous books. However, his greatest work, Who do You think You Are (?), is soon to be released. The ever-probing question, implying that all people are on an intense search for identity, is answered through this book. This book is a work that is based on ... The Issue of Identity
On 12/3 Book Nerd wrote: I Am Second ministries has recently released a 365 Devotional tool called, Live Second. The premise of the devotional is 365 ways to Make Jesus First. In the original (I am Second) book, there are numerous testimonies based on Jesus changing their life, through His Spirit, by His grace. This text is ... Live Second
On 11/20 Book Nerd wrote: Forewarning: The foreword of this book is written by the author of The Shack. I’ll let the reader interpret that for himself/herself. Neighbors and Wise Men is a book about experiences of a doubting believer. The author of this text is a believer, who found himself inside a Christian bubble. In seminary, ... God Speaks, are you listening?
On 11/13 Book Nerd wrote: Belmonte uses a veritable plethora of Scriptures for support of his content, but the exposition may not be as thorough for the reader who finds exposition to be of the utmost priority/significance. As for reading-ease, this book is written for those who appreciate literature, history and information. ... Miracles
On 11/5 Book Nerd wrote: The average man loves football. Perhaps, the average man may want to read this book. I thought I did want to read it and I am glad I did read it, but the book was different from what I thought based on the title and the cover. The text is an open-look to the role of the Christian faith in the NFL locker-room. ... Inside the Sunday Man
On 10/29 Book Nerd wrote: G.K. Chesterton has impacted numerous theologians & thinkers and it is time for you, as a reader, to be impacted by him each day throughout the year. Proverbs 17:22 teaches that a merry heart does good, like a medicine. You will find your heart doing good with the wit, humor, candor, and pointedness ... 365 days of thinking
On 10/21 Book Nerd wrote: Shannon Ethridge has brought a text to readers that is a direct combat to the 50 Shades of Grey series. Shannon is no stranger to the fantasy world and if you choose to read her new title, you can read more into her story at the end of the book. However, the author does go into detail about what is ... A Fantasy Farce
On 10/5 Book Nerd wrote: Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola are scholars who work together to bring truth & illustrate it for other scholars and lay-persons. In their new title, Jesus; A Theography, the authors have provided a text that addresses Jesus, as a whole, in both the Old & New Testaments. Seminarians and biblical scholars ... Jesus, from cover to cover
On 9/6 Book Nerd wrote: Grace is pro-active. It is alive. It is powerful. It is transforming and it cannot be contained or regulated into a to-do list or behavioral system. Grace is real. It changes people. It is an exchange that takes place deep inside of a person & then flows out freely through that person, continuously. ... Grace >
On 8/29 Book Nerd wrote: There are 2 tools in life that can be both beneficial and dangerous to a person. WISDOM & PASSION. “Wisdom without passion can feel like having that BMW in the driveway with no gas in the tank. And passion without wisdom can appear as a tricked out 1957 Chevy with no steering wheel.” These two ... Two of a Kind
On 8/16 Book Nerd wrote: Do you know these Christians? Do you really know them or just simple facts or tales that may have been passed down through the ages? Saint Patrick Galileo Anne Bradstreet John Bunyan Johann Sebastian Bach Jane Austen D.L. Moody George Washington Carver Sergeant York William F. Buckley, Jr. Each biography ... Do you know the shoulders which you stand upon?
On 8/8 Book Nerd wrote: In this 21 chapter resource, are helpful guidelines, suggestions, and examples for raising children to be disciplined with money. With a strong discipline of finances, comes a strong discipline of life. Money is a powerful object that can control & ruin lives. The Economide family has given a blue-print ... Smart Money
On 7/30 Book Nerd wrote: Bryan Clay’s story is a remarkable work of the persistent grace of God. From early on in Clay’s life, it was evident that God had set him apart for something special, even if Clay did not think so. This reader was greatly encouraged by the incredible providence of God in the circumstances and stages ... Redemption
On 7/10 Book Nerd wrote: All -Pro Dad is a helpful book written for Dads. The book can be purchased and researched at http://www.allprodad.com/ . Author, Mark Merrill has given us 8 chapters in the playbook for being an inspirational father. The book operates like a sort of playbook in that 7 out of the 8 chapters start with ... All Pro Dad
On 6/21 Book Nerd wrote: Author Mark Gregston knows a thing or two, or sixty-things about teenagers. I mention 60 because he & his family live with 60+ teens in a counseling center in Texas. Needless to say, Gregston & his family are having a profound impact on/in the lives of teenagers. Although I am not a parent of a teenager, ... The Wonder(ful) Years?
On 6/15 Book Nerd wrote: José Luis Navajo made a wise move one day when he took up the offer from his old pastor to stop by for a visit one Monday. Once, Navajo made the visit, his life & ministry took a turn for the better. Right off the bat, this book reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie. The cover of the text is even thought-provoking ... A different kind of Monday
On 5/17 Book Nerd wrote: “Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.” – G.K. Chesterton Author Michael John Cusick has offered a fresh text on the battle within a man’s heart over lust. It is clear within the text that the Cusick knows what he is writing about. He understands the battle within ... What are you surfing towards?
On 5/9 Book Nerd wrote: Author Dave Stone has introduced a series of books on strengthening families in the Lord. But in this text, Stone advocates that it begins with you, the parent, the reader. If you want to raise your kids to love the Lord, then you need to love the Lord. So it begins with you & the implications for why ... Guide your life, guide their life
On 5/1 Book Nerd wrote: Douglas Wilson has provided a strong biblical text that exhorts fathers to live out their God-given role & duty to their children. This text is NOT a “how-to” on parenting. It is a strong exhortation to follow through with what God has commanded, called & gifted us to do & be. The reader will not ... Father Hunger
On 4/4 Book Nerd wrote: Pete Wilson is a writer that puts tools in the hands of the reader. This text is similar to Tim Keller’s Counterfeit God’s in subject matter – that we as humans are looking for the power & satisfaction of a relationship w/ God in everything but God, Himself. One of the great qualities of this ... Empty Promises
On 3/27 Book Nerd wrote: Are you in a crunch w/ coworkers, neighbors, friends, or enemies who seem to be atheistic and confident in their approach that we exist in a Godless order & society? Dr. Mitch Stokes has put together a clear text that puts you, as a believer, on the offensive side of faith. Within each chapter the reader ... Take a shot of this...
On 3/21 Book Nerd wrote: What is your favorite color? Favorite food? Favorite season of the year? What about your favorite sin(s)? In this text, author, Todd Hunter addresses multiple sins that are a daily strain in the lives of believers. The following are addessed… Worry Eating Media Procrastination Laziness As you ... Our Favorites...
On 2/7 Book Nerd wrote: What a great idea that has taken off in the culture & media today! I Am Second is a ministry that seeks to promote the lifestyle of Jesus Christ as He has changed numerous people’s lives. I Am Second gives celebrities and other individuals the opportunity to share their testimony in their own way, ... I am Second
On 12/29 Book Nerd wrote: A challenging read has been set forth by Author Leonard Sweet. The premise of the text is… It’s never been about leading. At best we are all followers of the way, the truth, and the life – Jesus Christ. For a follower (pastor, teacher, mentor, minister, etc) to state that he/she is a leader ... Leading or Following
On 12/15 Book Nerd wrote: In Mark Driscoll’s newest book, he invites his wife to co-author alongside w/ him. This book is soon to be released & addresses the aspects of a marriage centered on the gospel. First, this book is littered with scripture & sticks to a biblical basis for that which it addresses. Secondly, this book ... Real Marriage
On 11/21 Book Nerd wrote: In this brief text, The great Rev. Billy Graham aims for readers to understand that aging is difficult but it is acceptable with faith & appropriate focus of what will last beyond the grace. He urges readers to learn that you are still teachable despite aging & certain regrets. This is not the best ... Finishing with faith & focus
On 10/19 Book Nerd wrote: “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” – Richard Foster Foster put it well in his statement (above). Gordan MacDonald writes on the subject matter of spiritual maturity. The world is lacking deep people in the general ... Going Deep
On 9/19 Book Nerd wrote: It is out concern for the trouble that man is in today - that William Bennett has offered this text. The author uses stories & essays of both historical & contemporary figures to help aid in shaping boys to become men. Heroism is lacking in contemporary venues of entertainment & literature. This book ... Book of Man
On 9/12 Book Nerd wrote: When first reading the title, one might think – “another book on grace”. The funny thing is, the author, Andy Stanley mentions that this book wasn’t his idea to begin with, because have been so many books covering this subject of the gospel. But, Stanley is gifted in taking a common, familiar ... The Grace of God
On 8/23 Book Nerd wrote: In this text, the humble, but passionate & urgent plea by the author definitely fits the keyword in the title: LAST. One of the greatest assets of this text is that it is written to the CHURCH, not the individual Christian. Within the pages, Floyd calls all believers to examine themselves inside & out ... Our Last Great Hope
On 8/1 Book Nerd wrote: In this text, the author presents an intelligent read in which he uses logic, reason, & science to refute the New Atheism. To conclude – the author does not use the scriptures to defend & all together this text is basically an updated report on the situation of New Atheism. If you want to know more ... Why God Won't Go Away
On 6/24 Book Nerd wrote: This text is written with personable wit. It is amazing to see what families can live without & how simple discipline can help one(s) persevere. It seems that the subject matter is geared mostly toward female readers because of the focus on second-hand shopping, arts & crafts. By far, chapter 2 of the ... Faithfully Frugal
On 5/18 Book Nerd wrote: Whether we admit it or not, we are all dreamers. It is natural for a person to think creatively about something. It is during that thought process that dreams are created. We naturally have hopes in life & at times those hopes can be defined as dreams. John Maxwell has cranked out another text concerning ... Putting it to the Test
On 4/25 Book Nerd wrote: Have you ever viewed the tv shows America’s Got Talent or American Idol? It is obvious that the contestants/participants on the show, that make it to the end have identifiable talent. Their talent gets them a spot on the show but it is usually not talent alone that advances their dreams. The judges, ... Beyond Talent
On 4/13 Book Nerd wrote: An instruction manual for the high school years would be nice. Those years are often filled with drama, discovery, and disappointment. In this text, the author’s aim is to encourage and help the struggling teenager. The text is written on a teenager’s level with wit & illustrations that are quite ... The Drama Years
On 1/18 Book Nerd wrote: Charles Foster, a former trial lawyer & currently a tutor in medical law & ethics has given the reader a text that debates the resurrection of Christ. Foster reveals extensive research and he allows the reader to examine both sides of the research: skeptic vs. believer. If a reader has a hard time digesting ... Jesus Inquest
On 12/15 Book Nerd wrote: When the word SLAVE is mentioned…people cringe. It’s historical implications alone cause us to clam up. The word SLAVE is the big elephant in the room of our conversation. Despite the negative connotations associated with this word, Dr. John MacArthur has brought the word to the surface in his ... Slave
On 11/19 Book Nerd wrote: 4 year old Colton Burpo, had a heavenly experience when he briefly reached death on a operating table…according to his father, Todd Burpo, who is the author of this text & a pastor. The book itself is a good read for the following reasons. 1. It’s readability. It is simply written well. 2. It is ... Heavenly Experience…?
On 10/14 Book Nerd wrote: Pastor & Author Chris Seay writes about the good news of Jesus Christ according to Christ Himself. One must first understand the sin that is imbedded in every human soul. This sin nature unfortunately leads many to believe and understand Christianity as a set of rules to live by. However, these rules cannot be kept, ... According to Jesus..
On 9/15 Book Nerd wrote: We are facing times in society that we have never faced before. With the economic turmoil, increasing unemployment, increasing cost of living, and increasing toleration of sin & worldly lifestyles, it can be quite easy even for believers to lose confidence. It is this reader’s conviction, that ... Confidence despite Chaos
On 9/2 Book Nerd wrote: Our congregation is currently going through the DVD study of What in the World is Going On? Dr. David Jeremiah gives 10 clear, prophetic clues that explain to current & future state of our country & the entire world. Of course, A LOT of what he points to deals with none other than God’s chosen ... What in the World…
On 8/23 Book Nerd wrote: When someone says “There is hole in my pocket, pants, sock, cup, etc”….it is usually quite obvious where the hole is. Author Richard Stearns examines the hole in the gospel that is preached, lived, & sought after in Western culture. Stearns pulls no punches in sharing how his world was rocked through ... The Hole in Our Gospel
On 5/18 Book Nerd wrote: God has a wicked curveball that is often thrown into the lives of His followers. The curveball, which I refer to has been defined as Plan B by Pete Wilson. Pete is a pastor in Nashville and has had many Plan B circumstances in his own life, but even more significantly, he has been able ... Plan B
On 4/15 Book Nerd wrote: Raymond C. Hundley has written a piece on Will the World End in 2012? First of all, his writing is clear and it concise. Such a topic as this deserves attention and it Hundley shows attention to the topic with strict detail. Hundley sticks to the facts of each viewpoint and does not stray for the purpose ... 2012...
On 3/19 Book Nerd wrote: For starters, contrary to my initial thought, this is not a textbook on preaching. Does this book help those who preach? You bet. There are a handful of tips within the first three chapters alone that will equip and challenge any preacher to do a better job of connecting. One of the great reminders ... Connecting