RSS

Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Legend of the Monk and the Merchant – Twelve Keys to Successful Living

I love this book! The twelve concepts in this short book are paradigm shifting. Most of them are common sense, but unfortunately such sense is no longer all that common. 

From the first words of the Foreword by David Ramsey, to the last words of the final of Nine chapters, I was completely hooked. There are far more than the indicated 12 concepts at play here. Of those the most important is to share the knowledge of this book with others. 

I have already done so and frankly I intend to continue to do so. This book should be required reading for every person. 

Booklook.com provided a complimentary review copy of this book.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

Book Review: The War on Christmas – Battles of Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression. Edited by Bodie Hodge

I did not really like this book. In fairness though, I don’t think it was written for the serious scholar.

This book is intended to drive home one single point; “No Christ, no Christmas.” In so doing this book is extremely repetitive, to the point of making it difficult to read through the 144 pages of text and illustrations.

A variety of issues contained within the Christmas stable are addressed: Christmas star, Wise Men, and Christmas tree. The thread of the argument is that these things are not essential to Christ, but are part of the Christmas celebration. I was interested to see the unusual opinion that the Magi were most likely not believers, but rather astrologers who had seen signs and portents in the sky.

The one serious bone I have to pick is the explanation of pagan religion’s development in Chapter 4. While the explanation is somewhat possible, it seems to me to be largely untenable. It is certainly true that some pagan religion is based on ancestor worship, but there is little evidence to indicate that such practice is the root of all pagan religion and practice. Helen of Troy is connected to Elishah, and regional syntax is given as the reason. The idea that all the personages of pagan religion are descended from the children and grandchildren of Noah is a little far-fetched.

In conclusion, there is certainly a war of thought in play today. Christmas is part of that war. A good deal of this book seems to be well researched and its message is certainly laudable. However, I would be careful whom one recommends this book to. It functions as a decent overview of the salient issues. It does get preachy at times, and sometimes the claims are simply the stuff of fantasy. Even for that the core message is the same; No Christ, No Christmas.

Disclaimer: This review was written as a member of the War on Christmas launch team.

 

Book Review: Jungle Warfare- A Basic Field Manual for Christians in Sales

As a warrior of sorts myself, the concept of this book appealed to me; A 22 day journey guided by a World War II Jungle combat manual, and Scripture. While this book is certainly aimed at sales professionals, it is relevant to each and every Christian out there. Discipleship is a kind of sales, it is a learned skill, and we have to present the gospel in a way that makes people want to listen. Each chapter is divided into two parts: the first is the concept from the combat manual, and the second is room for reflection, application and relevant scripture.

Here at Christian Warrior, we think this is a great idea, and would like to see more of it. This book is compact and so it is easy to keep to hand, and it is packed with wisdom that goes far beyond just the sales field. I would recommend this tome to every Christian I know, who is concerned with spreading the Gospel effectively.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com&gt; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html&gt; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

Review: The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Really Matters

As with many if not all of Mr. Andrews’ work, this book is quite inspiring. It is a small tome, but like Master Yoda, one should not judge it by its size. It is a simple idea, that one’s actions spread out and affect others. Therefore, one does really matter. Actions of others are predicated on what you do, and you do the same with actions of others. We, humanity, are all interwoven, and each individual lends untold strength to those around.

This book is short and can be read quickly. But, its implication will be working through you for much time to come.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 5, 2011 in Book Reviews

 
 
%d bloggers like this: