Book Reviews from 2020

On May 19, 2020, I sat down to read Ravi Zacharias’ latest book, Seeing Jesus from the East. On that particular morning, I was struck by a passage in the book that details the difference of hope in death that Christians hold from their non-Christian friends. Zacharias explains, “The story of the gospel is the

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Many pastors are in the midst of an identity crisis. As the importance of religion in the American psyche wanes, along with the unique experience of a global pandemic, churches are experiencing a corresponding decrease in attendance, baptisms, and budgets. Too many pastors find themselves scrambling to apply the secrets of secular business to the

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A book’s publication date is often set as an author signs the contract, and it usually feels far away and distant. But sometimes you read a book that reminds you that God is sovereignly orchestrating the entire universe, including book launches, because one is so perfectly timed that not even a publisher could have planned

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The current pandemic has caused grievous suffering all across the globe. How do we cope? We listen to the advice of those who have suffered before us. We lean into Scripture and the foundational truth that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His

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Recently, I had the opportunity to read A Big Gospel in Small Places: Why Ministry in Forgotten Communities Matters by Stephen Witmer. Witmer (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) serves as pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, a small town about an hour northwest of Boston. As Christian ministries and churches increasingly focus on urban

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The term “dumpster fire” has been used so frequently as a metaphor over the last few years that Merriam-Webster decided in 2018 it warranted inclusion in the dictionary. It’s not difficult to understand why after even a cursory glance at cable television or social media. Americans seem to hate each other. Worse, hating each other

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It’s not the singleness that’s hard as a woman in my 30s in the church. I would love to be married, but I’m not desperate. If that’s what the Lord has, great. If not, then that’s OK. In the past that hasn’t always been easy to feel or say, and it may not always be

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It was 2005. I was a farm boy who found himself pastoring a church in the center of a major city. I had no idea what I was doing. Another pastor I knew had just returned from a church planting conference at which he heard some guy speak and gave me the 23-page handout. “Nathan, you’ve got to read this! This is all about

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In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character is Jen Wilkin’s third book and counterpart to her 2016 release, None Like Him. While None Like Him explored the incommunicable attributes of God (the ways God is not like us and, in the words of the subtitle, why that’s a good thing),

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Don’t let the title fool you: The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction is not a pedantic self-help book—it is a clarion call to a life of loving God and loving others. An anxious pace  Author Justin Whitmel Earley begins his narrative by describing an experience exactly like my own in

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