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.

Review copy provided by Book Look Bloggers