It has been awhile since I reviewed books, and there are a lot that have been completed. Here are a few of them to begin catching up.
Won by Love
Norma McCorvey (with Gary Thomas)
Thomas Nelson, 1998 (244 pages)
The name Norma McCorvey might not strike you, but the name “Jane Roe” certainly would. McCorvey is the famous name attached to the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing abortion. In this book, McCorvey simply tells her story, but it is a unique story.
You see, eventually, McCorvey was “won” by the love of Christ and of His followers. She totally despises the abortion industry, and speaks out against it on a regular basis. She is a “Christian” who professes her faith openly. (While there are some doctrinal issues, the story is nonetheless astounding.)
If for no other reason, read this book to learn more about the abortion “industry.” McCorvey worked in a clinic, and gives many grizzly details of both the clinics and the powerful and influential people who stand up for abortion rights so often. The book is an easy read, but there are times where the details are very grotesque and hard to take.
I am appreciative to Joyce Davidson, the wife of one of our elders, for lending me this book after a recent sermon I preached on abortion. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.
Studies in Hosea
K. Owen White
Convention Press, 1957 (142 pages)
In February, the Freed-Hardeman University lectures dealt with the minor prophets. I try to read a book ahead of time that deals with the subject, so I chose this volume, dealing with just one of those prophets, but one whose story I love to read.
This book is designed to be a teacher’s guide in walking students through the book. As such, it is quite dense, but contains a lot of good information. To me, one of the strengths is how White was able to bring together many different passages from Hosea that teach the same concept and list them for easier study.
While not easy to read in a word-for-word fashion, I still found this book helpful. If you are planning to teach some lesson on Hosea, you might find this little volume helpful, and it will cause you to think about certain subjects within the book in a deeper and more logical way.
The Faith of Ronald Reagan
Mary Beth Brown
Thomas Nelson, 2011 (originally published in 2004) (237 pages)
I reviewed this book over the weekend for Booksneeze.com. Here is a link to that review.
Put Your Dream to the Test
Thomas Nelson, 2009 (234 pages)
This is not an exaggeration: this book jumps into my “10 books you need to read” list, and did so from page one.
As one who loves to dream, and loves to dream big, I loved this book. The reason, though, may surprise you. I did not love this book because it gave me “permission” to dream. I loved this book because it helped me learn how to dream!
Maxwell’s book lists 10 questions that every person needs to ask about the dreams they have for their life. While none of these are difficult in themselves, when put together, they will help you focus your dreams and see if you really (really, really) want to do them.
Upon completing this book, I began writing down a dream, but it will take some time to finish it. It is due to a lack of motivation, it is because it is really big. In fact, one of my new goals for 2011 is to spend time finishing the writing down of this one dream!
Buy this book!
(and thank me later!)
There are more books to review, but that’s enough for today. Hopefully, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll catch up!