Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review of CHANCE AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD by Vern Polythress

Chance and the Sovereignty of God by Vern Polythress is a weighty book that deals with a highly complex subject. The book tackles the question from a theological point of view of whether or not there are chance events that occur in the world.

Polythress looks at a variety of seemingly random chance occurrences in the world. He then explores how chance occurrences work in a world in which God is sovereign. Using the Bible, probability, and mathematics, Polythress makes a compelling case for God's ultimate sovereignty over any event that we might consider random.

This is an important book because we need to know that we live in a world in which God is always aware and in control, ultimately bringing about what he wants for the good of his creation. It's not an easy book, but it's definitely a book to wrestle through.

Review copy provided by Crossway Books

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review of BIBLICAL PORTRAITS OF CREATION by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr & Dorington G. Little

BIBLICAL PORTRAITS OF CREATION by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr and Dorington G. Little is a book that explores some of the most important passages of Scripture that speak about God's creation. The book serves to look at one of the key aspects of God as Creator and looks at the wonders of what God has created.

The authors look at the early chapters of Genesis, but also several from the Psalms and a look at the new creation as revealed in places throughout the Old and New Testaments. Each chapter presents the key Bible passage being explored and breaks it down with commentary. There are helpful discussion questions at the end of each chapter that would be ideal for a Bible study group.

This book gives great hope to those who trust that God has created the world for our good and will restore one day in order to dwell among us.

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Review of MAKE COMICS LIKE THE PROS by Greg Pek and Fred Van Lente

I've always been a fan of comics and comic book heroes. Comics are a great way of telling a story because of the visual nature. The Killing Joke by Alan Moore is probably one of my favorite graphic novels ever because of how well the story is communicated using images and dialogue. I'm a storyteller, and I've always wanted to try my hand at some point in creating a story through a comic book.

MAKE COMICS LIKE THE PROS is a great introductory guide that walks you through the process comic book creators go through to produce a comic book. The authors, Greg Pek and Fred Van Lente, share their experience working on some of the most loved comic book characters in history. You'll learn the whole process from pitching to writing to drawing, inking, and lettering, all the way to publishing. They cover how to find and keep an audience without minimizing the difficulty of breaking in to the comic book industry.

It's a fun book with some very helpful insight for those who want to work in the comic book industry.

Review copy provided by Blogging for Books

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Review of FOUNDATIONS IN COMIC BOOK ART by John Paul Lowe

FOUNDATIONS IN COMIC BOOK ART by John Paul Lowe is a not only a book about drawing comic book characters; it's a great introduction to drawing in general. The book is very helpful in showing the budding artist how to notice the shapes and forms in the things that they want to draw. Really helpful for me was the instruction on drawing perspective because that's always been a sticking point for me as an artist.

Because this is a book about drawing for comic books, after the basics are covered, the reader is introduced to the concepts that will help them to draw comic book figures. The book doesn't stop with the drawing process, however. For comic book art, there is also inking, and Lowe introduces the reader to inking techniques as well.

I found this to be a very helpful book as someone who wants to draw well and be a visual artist.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review of HOW WILL THE WORLD END? by Jeramie Rinne

How Will the World End? is a small book by Jeramie Rinne that seeks to answer some key questions about what the Bible teaches concerning end times. I've always been interested in this subject, and, like many people, developed an eschatology that was based primarily on what the popular Left Behind books told me. When I finally studied it for myself, I realized that Left Behind is a speculative story based on one possible interpretation of the passages (still a good story that I think God does use in drawing people to Jesus, but shouldn't be taken as the definitive standard by which your eschatology is measured. Rinne covers those particular passages in this book very well.

In fact, for such a small book, it's very straightforward in its approach to Scripture, while also including some very helpful illustrations throughout. The main crux of the book is that Jesus is returning someday. This should cause believers to sense God's call to spread the message of the gospel because we don't know when time is up.

So far, I've read three books in this series from the Good Book Company, and all of them are great because they're clear and concise. I'd definitely recommend this book to any Christian who has questions about what the Bible teaches about the end.

Review copy provided by Cross Focused Reviews

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review of 1 SAMUEL FOR YOU by Tim Chester

The God's Word for You series has been an insightful and refreshing dive into the pages of Scripture, with books from Tim Keller and Tim Chester. The newest book in the series is 1 SAMUEL FOR YOU by Tim Chester takes the approach that the other books take, but into an Old Testament historical book. Chester approaches the book as a book that records the historical events of God's dealing with Israel at that time, but it's also a book that features a lot of typology and foreshadowing of the Messiah.

Many people approach stories in the Old Testament primarily for the examples they can find for how to live a godly life. Chester shows, however, that the story is primarily about God and what God does even though people are flawed and relentlessly disappoint him. Chester does a great job of taking some of the wordplay in the Hebrew and helping modern day English speaking readers understand what the author was trying to communicate. Repeatedly, Chester shows how the story of 1 Samuel is really the story of God and points forward to Jesus.

The God's Word for You Series is very user-friendly and provides a lot of useful insight about what the Scripture is saying and how it should impact our lives. I hope to continue reading more books in this series.

Review copy provided by Cross Focused Reviews

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review of 7 WAYS TO BE HER HERO by Doug Fields

Title: 7 Ways to Be Her Hero

Author: Doug Fields

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

What It's About: 7 Ways to Be Her Hero

Why I Read It: I've read Doug Fields' books on youth ministry in the past, and I was interested in what he had to say about marriage.

What I Liked About It: Fields is gut-honest throughout the book, and that's what makes the book so great to read. He uses humor throughout, but he's also very serious about what husbands can do to better serve their wives. One area that he covers in the book, that I also struggle with often as a husband, is the power of a husband's words, especially encouraging words to his wife. Another area that is vital is the husband's role of shepherding his wife's heart. This book is all about being a better husband and leading your wife closer to Jesus.

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