Thursday, February 9, 2012

100 Book Challenge Blog #1

Today I completed my 7th book, Sun Stand Still. I got this book this summer at LGCC and started reading it but really didnt get much out of it because I honestly didnt really want to at the time. However today it did not matter if I wanted to or not. To make it short, the book was really good. 

It showed alot about how weak my faith really is, I now see that I need to trust God more in everything and not down play the dreams that he is giving me. May we all have some audacity in our faith and not be weak. Matthew 17:20 says, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." But who really thinks that they can do that. I know I really did not. 

I also found that something that I really need to work on is to just simply not limit God. I mean this book got its name from Joshua 10:12 when Joshua asks God to stop the sun. When we limit God we than have a faith that should be classified as less than ordinary, when we give God the limitless faith that he demands we will be extraordinary. and the things that we can attempt and accomplish would be called audatious and unbelievable.

So my challenge to my self and everyone that is still reading is this.  Let us all live a life that requires us to take limits off what God can do in our live and live bigger than we have ever thought possible in our lives.
(disclaimer: I know that I did not write this completely grammatically correct so you dont need to comment about that.)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why God Wont Go Away

Alister McGrath's latest book Why God Won't Go Away provides a brief but comprehensive look at the movement known as New Atheism and its leading figures: Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris. According to McGrath, not only does New Atheism assert that there is no God, but it blames religion for the violence, oppression, and social divisions in the world, claiming that religion is at fault for events like 9/11. Those who profess a belief in God are looked upon as "ignorant" and "lacking reason" and are "worthy of contempt." Rationality and science are the authorities New Atheism relies upon to support and justify these claims, but, as McGrath points out, there are limitations to both that New Atheism fails to acknowledge or address. Ironically, in their zeal to eliminate religion, this contemporary movement has metamorphosed into a fundamentalist group not so unlike those it has set out to destroy. After delineating and debunking each of New Atheism's tenets and revealing serious flaws in its logic, McGrath asserts that the movement's future is fading fast as God simply won't go.

Before reading this book, I had never heard of New Atheism or any of its figureheads, and my knowledge of atheism itself was very limited. That is part of the reason I chose to read this book. As a Christian parent, I believe I have a responsibility to stay informed about any potential threats to my faith in order to defend it at all costs. McGrath's book provides a wealth of information that will help the Christian defend his or her faith against atheists, "New" and old. As a former atheist-turned-Christian, McGrath himself knows the arguments on both sides of the table and presents his thoroughly researched evidence in a clear, concise manner with a witty writing style that renders the somewhat dry subject matter more palatable. Why God Won't Go Away is a must-read for all Christians who intend to defend their faith in God to those who refuse to see Him.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Single or not; all men can learn from this book

Every Single Man’s Battle is designed as an accompanying guide to Every Mans Battle, and generally is geared toward a study or small group. The book deals with the deep underlying causes of sexual integrity issues with single men and the authors are extremely vulnerable with respect to telling their own stories and struggles. I am single, and I have read Every Man's Battle, and I found a lot of encouraging reminders, tips and tricks.

Overall, this book could be extremely valuable in a group setting, or with single men that are trying to live a pure life as we should. I think it serves as a great "jumping off point" for discussion in a small group setting or a place to start with an accountability partner so that they will know where you are coming from and where you want to be.

The content of this book is good, as is everything else that has come from these authors.  The authors do not sugar coat anything. They are honest about their lives and what has happened in their past and how they got to where they are now.  To be straight up honest with everybody I believe that every single male 15+ should read this book because it will open their eyes to the lies that Satan doesn’t want them to know are lies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."