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Non-Fiction Christian Book Reviews

Rick Tramonto Tells All in Scars of a Chef

In Scars of a Chef, the story of top chef Rick Tramonto’s “rags to riches” journey from high school dropout to award-winning chef does not disappoint.

Universalism as a Lure? The Emerging Case of Rob Bell

“It is unspeakably sad when those called to be ministers of the Word distort the gospel and deceive the people of God with false doctrine.” Why would Justin Taylor feel the need to issue such a warning about a book by popular pastor Rob Bell?

Lee Stanley Lives Out His Faith in The Land of Make-Believe

In his memoir, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lee Stanley shares his inspiring quest to create and produce documentaries starring, and helping, juvenile delinquents. Battling the courts and prison officials, he persistently worked the system until the first project was approved and produced.

Imitation of Christ: New Reading of an Old Book

Thomas a’ Kempis’s Imitation of Christ is an old book that deserves renewed attention, and William C. Creasy’s A New Reading provides both scholarly and practical readers a fresh look at one of Christianity’s classics.

  • Dr. Stanley J. Ward |
  • February 18, 2011 |
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Haiti Earthquake Survivor Tells of God's Rescue in Unshaken

Yes, Unshaken: Rising from the Ruins of Haiti's Hotel Montana tells a fascinating, true survival story. But Dan Woolley shared his experience so readers will discover or be reminded that God can not only rescue physically, but he also wants to renew you spiritually.

Think Theologically: A Review of Alister McGrath's The Passionate Intellect

McGrath's latest book provides an excellent introduction for believers who want to know more about how theology both impacts Christian living and provides responses to contemporary objections against Christianity.

Unshaken: Worshipping in the Ruins of Haiti's Earthquake

Dan Woolley woke up after Haiti's massive earthquake to find himself trapped under six stories of rubble. More than two days later, he was still trapped and close to death. That's when God spoke to him.

  • Dan Woolley with Jennifer Schuchmann |
  • December 29, 2010 |
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The Shelter of God's Promises

In The Shelter of God's Promises, Sheila Walsh searches Scripture for what God has promised us, what God's promises mean, and how encounters with Christ are the eternal fulfillment of His unrelenting commitment to us.

Step Out in Faith Like Those Before You: A Review of City on Our Knees

The best thing about this new book from tobyMac is that it delivers something many Christians, particularly younger ones, are in desperate need of: good role models who have striven to inspire others through their faith.

Bittersweet

In Bittersweet, Shauna Niequist draws from her own experiences in a recent season of pain and chaos. As she explores the bits of wisdom and growth we earn the hard way—through change, loss, and transition—she offers her own reflections on what brought her hope along the way.

Faith Evolves in Rachel Held Evans' Monkey Town

Evolving in Monkey Town follows the faith journey of author Rachel Held Evans, who, as the daughter of a Bryan College professor, was raised on conservative Christian doctrine while growing up in Dayton, Tennessee, the heart of evangelicalism.

Caped Crusaders Championed in Superman on Earth: Reflections of a Fan

Author and pastor Gary Robinson, who grew up infatuated with Superman, and remains intrigued with the superhero genre even into his fifties, has recently written Superman on Earth: Reflections of a Fan, a book on his life and times with this uniquely American aspect of pop culture.

How to Create Real Life Communities of Faith

If you build relationships with people wherever you meet in your everyday lives, you can generate momentum that will help them eventually connect with God and other believers.

How to Discover Your True Identity

Self-discovery is a freedom that only leads to frustration in the end. The only way to discover who you really are is to seek a relationship with the God who made you. It's about getting in touch with The Vertical Self.

How to Do Something

God doesn't intend for you to shrink back from the needs around you; He wants to use your life to help others. In fact, God has uniquely created you to meet certain needs and is hoping you'll accept your mission.

Lori Gottlieb Echoes Advice from Grandmas Everywhere in Marry Him

Today's American women are staying single longer than their mothers and many won't marry at all—and they have only themselves to blame. In a nutshell, that's the message of Lori Gottlieb's new book, Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough.

Life and Times in Christian Music Recounted in Hear No Evil

Growing up fundamentalist in the early days of Contemporary Christian music can result in lasting ... I hate to say scars, but it certainly leaves a mark. Matthew Paul Turner bares his bumps and bruises for the world to see in Hear No Evil.

  • Susan Ellingburg |
  • February 25, 2010 |
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Conversation Leads to an Interesting Tea with Hezbollah

It started as a conversation at the Hard Rock Café in Denver. Author Ted Dekker posed the question: "Is it really possible to love your enemy?" Co-author Carl Medearis replied, "Why don't we find out?" And thus, Tea with Hezbollah was born.

Hijacking the Brain — How Pornography Works

Even as technology has brought new avenues for the transmission of pornography, modern knowledge also brings a new understanding of how pornography works in the male brain.

The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

The Shack is now one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic. But the theology is not incidental to the story.

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