December 29, 2014

Book Review

Through The Bible Through The Year by John Stott

This is a daily (52 week) reflection on the bible from Genesis to Revelation. There are three parts to the book, each dealing with a particular theme during the Christian year. The first part of the book is from Creation to Christ which covers the months of September through December. The second part of the book is from Christmas to Pentecost which covers the months of January to April. Finally, there is Pentecost to the Parousia which covers the months of May to August.

The daily devotions were not the best. They were either too opinionated, too much non-biblical references, or simply no detailed enough to explain the passage of Scripture. I also did not agree with all of the authors theology, especially with his writings about the book of Revelation. The author seems to have a more symbolic view of Scripture rather than a literal view for many passages.

Therefore, I do not recommend this book. There are other daily devotionals that will get your through the bible in a year.

December 16, 2014

Book Review

Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur

The purpose of this book is to use Scripture to describe the role of a father in the family setting. As usual MacArthur does an excellent job. There are 6 chapters that fill this 143 page book. MacArthur provides the right balance of Scripture and explanation.

I think the final paragraph on page 140 sums up the book nicely:

"As a father, then, you are called to be strong and courageous. You are urged to live with conviction and not waver when opposition comes your way. You are to summon your courage from the assurance of God's presence, from knowing you are pursing a just cause, and from the promise of God's sovereign power over all things. And you are to pass on your strength and courage by exhorting your children, encouraging them, and imploring them. As you do so, you will fulfill your obligation to ensure they walk upon and stay upon the path God has called them to."

This is a great book to give someone as a gift.