Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review of THE COLSON WAY by Owen Strachan

Chuck Colson was an interesting man. After being involved in the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration and serving time in prison for his involvement, Colson converted to Christianity and began bringing the gospel to prisoners with his Prison Fellowship ministry. Colson was known as a public figure who loved Jesus and communicated eloquently about the gospel message. I remember the first time I read his book How Then Shall We Live?, and it remains one of the most influential books I've ever read.

The Colson Way is a new book by Owen Strachan that aims to bring the insight and way of living out public faith of Colson to the attention of millennials, many of which have never heard of him. Strachan highlights the way in which Colson lived his faith out in the public square and encourages believers to follow in Colson's footsteps as they strive to impact the culture with the life-changing message of the gospel.

The Colson Way is a great reminder of the life of a man who made some serious mistakes and yet was graciously rescued by God and used greatly by him.

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Review of YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR LIFE by Michael Kendrick

Life is complicated, and becoming a Christian and committing yourself to living a life that's holy often makes it more complicated. To be fair, however, Christians often make it more complicated than it needs to be. God certainly wants much from us, but God also wants to empower us to live up to the potential he's placed in each of us. That's what Michael Kendrick's new book Your Blueprint for Life is all about. Kendrick digs into the Scriptures to help believers see a life that is meant to be in pursuit of loving God and loving others, and this is in the context of the life we've been given. This includes the specific ways God has designed each of us. We're gifted in specific ways by God, and we're meant to use our gifts to make a difference in the world.

Your Blueprint for Life is about being intentional about how we live our lives. Kendrick covers the key areas in our lives where we need biblical guidance the most. These are areas such as finances and careers.

We need to think ahead and plan to live the life God is offering us. Your Blueprint for Life is designed to help steer you in the right direction.

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Review of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible

I typically stick with my ESV Study Bible and enjoy the ESV translation more than the NIV, but since the NIV is probably the most-read translation and with D.A. Carson guiding the study materials of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible, I decided to check it out. This Bible is huge. Every page is packed with Bible study notes, illustrations, and cross-reference numbers. I love the color throughout this Bible. There are also plenty of articles and book introductions.

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible brings together some of the most respected Bible scholars providing insight into what the Bible actually means. As a study Bible, I'm quite impressed with the amount of scholarship and content contained in this Bible. It's definitely worth checking out.

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