Thursday, October 25, 2018

Book Review

Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure
by Christine Caine
Zondervan, 2018

You should probably buy your own copy of this book instead of borrowing it, because there is so much good content that you will want to mark and come back to time and time again.  I didn’t even know I needed the messages of this book, but it addresses issues and situations that all of us face.  Caine helps us self-reflect and see where we need to trust God more, face our fears, and change our ways of thinking.  She brings scripture passages and biblical promises to new light.  Although written by a woman this book is recommended for men as well.  All of us on life’s journey will benefit from the insights and lessons Caine reveals.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Review - Keep Christianity Weird

Keep Christianity Weird: Embracing the discipline of being different
Michael Frost
NavPress 2018

Reviewed by Diane Busch

This book introduces an interesting way of looking at Christianity.  As Christ followers we should be different than the world.  We may appear weird as we love our enemies, forgive those who hurt us, share our money and time and resources on other people—even people we don’t know.  Frost makes the case that there have been weird Christians throughout history.  These are people God has used in amazing, unbelievable, supernatural ways.  They did not act “normal”.  He says all Christians should be eccentric, because we no longer put self in the center of our world, but instead we put God in the center and orbit around Him. 

Frost writes with an enjoyable easy-to-read style, even while explaining history and theology.  He is very convincing, so that by the end of the book the reader is prepared to get rid of normalcy and complacency and follow Christ with abandon and dare to be weird.  Each chapter ends with questions for consideration which can be used for personal reflection or a group discussion.