Reviews by Joshua Rhone
On 5/13 Joshua Rhone wrote: With Aloof Tony Kriz creates space for an important conversation about the hiddenness of God. Utilizing his nephew's illness as a point of departure, and his own desire for God to be present in his nephew's time of need, the remainder of the book is an exercise in narrative spiritual formation. Through ... Narrative Spiritual Formation
On 3/9 Joshua Rhone wrote: I discovered Blue Like Jazz in college. Donald Miller’s ‘Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality’ was fresh. Honest. Raw. Naturally, it resonated deeply with many, including me and my peers. In the years since Blue Like Jazz, Donald has written other books. Good books. Books that I’ve ... [Book] Scary Close by Donald Miller
On 10/23 Joshua Rhone wrote: Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul, by coauthors Dr. Richard Hawkins (a biblical scholar) and Dr. Richard Leslie Parrott (a professor of education), explores the foibles, faults and failures of King Saul. Following in the footsteps of Sydney Finkelstein, who successfully launched ... Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (A Review)
On 9/3 Joshua Rhone wrote: The Berenstain Bears: Blessed are the Peacemakers is the newest offering in the expansive Berenstain Bears series of books. (The series includes over 300 titles!) Blessed are the Peacemakers is written and illustrated by Mike Berenstain, son of Stan and Jan Berenstain, the series’ creators. Blessed ... The Berenstain Bears: Blessed are the Peacemakers (A Review)
On 8/19 Joshua Rhone wrote: Dr. Kara Powell's most recent book, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids, is a follow up to the earlier, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, which she co-authored with Dr. Chap Clark. While both books ... The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family (A Review)
On 8/12 Joshua Rhone wrote: Goodnight Ark, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman, is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. (I recently had the opportunity to read and review another book from the Zonderkidz line: Jonah and the Great Big Fish.) If it isn't readily apparent, Goodnight Ark is a children's book that ... Goodnight, Ark (A Review)
On 7/29 Joshua Rhone wrote: Jonah and the Great Big Fish is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. Intended for children ages four through eight, Rhonda Gowler Greene attempts to tell the story of Jonah in an age appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s ... Jonah and the Great Big Fish (A Review)
On 6/5 Joshua Rhone wrote: Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze (Dave’s daughter) co-authored Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money, which BookLook Bloggers was kind enough to give me a copy to review. Right off the bat, I need to lay my cards on the table. First, individually and as a church, we have ... Smart Money, Smart Kids (A Review)
On 5/31 Joshua Rhone wrote: Skye Jethani tackles the topic of eschatology in his book, Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow. Eschatology, the study of last things, is a hot topic nowadays. In recent years, plenty of movies have been made (from the irreverent, This Is The End, to the lackluster ... Futureville: Discover Your Purpose Today by Reimagining Tomorrow (A Review)
On 3/28 Joshua Rhone wrote: Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption, by Jeff Manion, has been sitting on my desk for weeks. A while back I requested a copy to review and Zondervan was gracious enough to send me a copy. The hustle and bustle of life, the pressures and stresses of ministry, research, revising ... Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption (A Review)
On 2/16 Joshua Rhone wrote: Zondervan was gracious enough to send me a copy of Let There Be Light to review. A few snowy days in the northeastern part of the United States has meant that I’ve had ample time to read through the book, both personally and with my children (ages 4 and soon-to-be 6). Here are some initial thoughts/impressions: Archbishop ... Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Let There Be Light (A Review)
On 12/26 Joshua Rhone wrote: Admittedly, I came to this small group study not knowing what to expect. My knowledge of Bob Goff was largely based on snippets and quotes from books and talks that friends had posted to Twitter. But, it was a free copy that I could review and give honest feedback regarding, so I figured it was worth ... LOVE DOES: When God's love turns your life upside-down
On 12/12 Joshua Rhone wrote: I received a copy of the NIV Essentials Study Bible to review as part of the BookSneeze review program. Initial impressions were mixed. The Bible, from a cover standpoint, looks like about every other NIV Study Bible on the market. Standard blue and white cover; 'NIV' in large, easy-to-read print; and ... Review: NIV Essentials Study Bible
On 11/27 Joshua Rhone wrote: I received a copy of the NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted to review. The copy I was given to review was the hardback edition. My first impression of the Bible was ‘wow, this is nice!’ The cover design is nice, as is the overall feel of the Bible. It’s ... A beautiful Bible, but...
On 11/6 Joshua Rhone wrote: Larry Osborne’s Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail is the newest contribution by Leadership Network to its ‘Innovation Series.’ The book purports to let readers in on ‘the dirty little secret that can bring creativity and stability to your leadership.’ ... Failure is an intergral part of change
On 10/8 Joshua Rhone wrote: I was first introduced to Ian Morgan Cron's writing when a friend recommended 'Chasing Francis.' One read and I was hooked. My heart resonated with Cron's protagonist and his spiritual journey. Needless to say, when I received a copy of 'Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me' to review, I turned the first ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me: Ian Morgan Cron at his finest
On 6/6 Joshua Rhone wrote: INsourcing, by Randy Pope, is about making people into mature followers of Jesus Christ. Pope argues that many of the ecclesial models adopted by the church––he takes aim at the pastoral, attractional, and influential models of ministry––outsource discipleship to church programming and other ... ‘INsourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church’
On 5/28 Joshua Rhone wrote: Excavated from the pile of books leaning against by desk, I opened the front cover with high expectations. I'm delighted to say that Bread & Wine exceeded my expectations in every way possible. Shauna writes with an engaging style that draws the reader in her. The beauty of her prose is enormously important ... An invitation to laugh and live life to the full...
On 5/13 Joshua Rhone wrote: I wanted to love Neighbors and Wise Men. I really did. In fact, I committed to read the book from cover to cover while traversing the Atlantic. While I honored that commitment, I found Kriz's book to be disjointed, which made it difficult to 'follow.' It was more a series of essays than anything else. ... Neighbors and Wise Men Leaves You Feeling Blue...
On 8/31 Joshua Rhone wrote: Skye Jethani examines the pronouns that we often use to describe the relationship between God and humanity (over, under, from, and for). At the end of the day, Skye provides a convincing argument that "with" is the preposition that we should use. The second half of the book tackles the practical aspects ... with: Word Choice Matters
On 7/29 Joshua Rhone wrote: The Seraph Seal promised to be a fast-paced tale about the dawn of a new humanity. Parts of this promise were delivered. The book invites the reader into journey that will not quickly be forgotten. The problem is that the beginning of the book makes for such slow, tedious reading that many readers won't ... Book Review: The Seraph Seal
On 6/14 Joshua Rhone wrote: BEYOND TALENT is a leadership text by one of the most respected names in Christian leadership, John C. Maxwell. Not surprisingly from the first page turn until the last one gets exactly what one has come to expect from Maxwell. The premise of the book is simple: although talent should not be undervalued ... Book Review: BEYOND TALENT
On 4/12 Joshua Rhone wrote: I received a copy of The Part-Time Vegan: 201 Yummy Recipes That Put the FUN in Flexitarian from BookSneeze.com to read and review. Admittedly, this book falls outside of the parameters of the books that I regularly read. In fact, I can honestly say that this may be the first cookbook that I have ... Book Review: THE PART-TIME VEGAN
On 4/4 Joshua Rhone wrote: For those who have fasted or for those who are contemplating fasting this book is a must! In it Scot McKnight tackles the topic of "fasting" - one of the spiritual disciplines that has made a come-back in recent years. McKnight has some incredible things to say about this spiritual discipline from a ... Fasting
On 1/20 Joshua Rhone wrote: Having reviewed one of the other books (Joan Chittister’s The Liturgical Year) in “The Ancient Practices Series” from Thomas Nelson Publishers I was excited to receive Douglas LeBlanc’s Tithing: Test Me In This to both read and review. LeBlanc’s approach to the topic is to provide his readers ... Book Review: "Test Me In This"
On 1/10 Joshua Rhone wrote: As a freshman at Houghton College I took a class in pastoral theology that opened by eyes to the beauty of sacred time as it is expressed in the keeping of the liturgical year. At that time I was introduced to a text, Preaching Through the Christian Year, that is a compilation of Karl Barth’s writings ... Book Review: "The Liturgical Year" by Joan Chittister
On 12/27 Joshua Rhone wrote: What one comes to expect from MacArthur. This book is dogmatic, rigid, and unwilling to consider any other options. This text portrays Jesus to be an ultra-masculine and overtly confrontational individual. It would be easy upon reading to have the impression that Jesus is full of wrath and is itching ... Review: The Jesus You Can't Ignore
On 6/2 Joshua Rhone wrote: Where does our identity come from? How is it formed? These are questions that each of us wrestles with. Some derive their identity through the organizations to which they belong, the jobs that they perform, the titles which they hold, and the relationships of which they are a part. Mark Sayers, in ... Book Review: The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers
On 2/11 Joshua Rhone wrote: LOST is in its sixth and final season. Mysteries abound. What is this mysterious island? Will everyone be rescued? Who will survive? Who will die? What was with the polar bear? Why was the black smoke monster so darn angry? The writers of LOST have done a tremendous job of keeping their audiences ... Book Review: "The Gospel According to Lost"
On 12/29 Joshua Rhone wrote: Author Stephen Mansfield has ventured to provide his readers with a ‘biography of the beer that changed the world’. Given the option to read and review a book with such an intriguing title, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. The title while intriguing, however, was misleading. Whereas the title and dust jacket ... Book Review: “The Search for God and Guinness”
On 9/30 Joshua Rhone wrote: // A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life is the newest book from author/speaker/Mentoring Project founder Donald Miller. We’ve all been there. You have a mountaintop experience. You are on a high. Then, emotionally/physically/spiritually you bottom out. ... “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller
On 9/30 Joshua Rhone wrote: Max Lucado’s most recent book, Fearless, is about the fear that we all experience and how we can victoriously overcome our fear. The main premise of the book seems to be that each and every one of us deals with fear. It may be a fear which manifests itself in a phobia such as agoraphobia, ... “Fearless” by Max Lucado
On 9/29 Joshua Rhone wrote: Between Wyomings: My God an iPod on the Open Road is the biography and spiritual memoir of record producer, Ken Mansfield. As the book unfolds we journey with Mansfield through a life that is headed towards its zenith. Power, success, and the “good life” are attained. Yet, as so often happens in memoirs such as ... “Between Wyomings: My God and an iPod on the Open Road”
On 6/1 Joshua Rhone wrote: Evidently, the market for self-help books has not been adversely affected by the recent economic downturn. In fact, maybe more than ever, people are looking for advice to get from where they are to where they want to be. Andy Stanley’s most recent book, The Principle of the Path, promises to do just ... The Principle of the Path
On 6/1 Joshua Rhone wrote: Andy Andrew’s most recent book, The Noticer, was a delightful tale about a man named “Jones.” Jones, a man who seems to stumble into people’s lives at just-the-right time, has the uncanny ability to recognize a problem that hinders a great many people- “a lack of perspective.” Through pointed ... The Noticer
On 4/2 Joshua Rhone wrote: As a pastor, I’m always looking for some good resources to have handy in my toolbox. So, when Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me this book/small group curriculum to review, I was rather excited. The book seemed to be based on a sound and interesting premise: “Can We Find Jesus in Popular Entertainment?” The book also seemed ... Book Review: Faith and Pop Culture (part of the Christianity Today Study Series)
On 3/12 Joshua Rhone wrote: The other day, I received a DVD, Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure, to watch and review. This is just one, in a series, of movies put out by Max Lucado and friends. Admittedly, this movie isn’t something that I would have picked up a few years ago. But now that I ... Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure
On 3/3 Joshua Rhone wrote: Tragically, too often in religious circles we've been trying to pray away or spiritualize a brain problem- assuming (however well-intentioned) that we or someone else has a sin problem. Or a character flaw. Or a root of bitterness. Or worse, a demon. (p. 9) Growing up in the church and, now, serving ... Promising Premise, But Fails to Deliver