August 30, 2011

Book Review

Six Battles Every Man Must Face by Bill Perkins

The premise of this book is based upon the idea that men are designed to fight and there are six battles that must be won.
  • fight for your identity
  • fight for personal holiness
  • fight for your family
  • fight through the pain
  • fight for your friends
  • fight for a strong faith
The author uses David and his mighty men to illustrate his theory of men's battles. At the end of each chapter there are a few brief discussion questions.

Overall, I am not sure I agree with the author's ideas. I do believe that we are all participants in the battles he mentions. However, we must remember that the war is already won. Christ defeated Satan on the cross almost 2000 years ago.

The other aspect of this book that didn't really hold up for me was using David and his mighty men as the illustration. Sure, David and his men won these battles at times, but they also lost a whole lot as well.

In conclusion, I think this is one book that can be safely skipped over, provided of course that you know who has fought these battles and won the war!

August 01, 2011

Book Review

The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Pollock

John Pollock is well known for his biographies of people like D.L. Moody, Billy Graham, and John Wesley.

In this book, Pollock writes about the life of Paul the Apostle. His focus is mainly with what Scripture reveals about Paul, but he does use other sources at times to fill in some of the blanks about Paul's life.

Overall, the author did a great job of piecing everything together to write this biography. However, I just couldn't really get into this book, mainly because I am not too interested in biographies. If you are interested in biographies or further examining the life of Paul then I would recommend this book.