Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back (Book Review)

This book sports a title that is easy to agree with, but with a title like this stating things are wrong, you might expect a lot of negativity about what a terrible state the church of today is in. But it’s a really solid, positive, uplifting read. Ray writes with a humility and grace. He makes profound, insightful statements.

What I really appreciate about this book is that is something that you can (and should) personalize to your own personal walk with Jesus. This isn’t a book bashing the church as an organization, or bashing Christians as a whole. You can read this book and if you apply it, you will become a better Christian, and help make your church better.

This book covers a wide variety of topics while not feeling scattered, but rather thorough.

Highly recommended read for Christians, whether they love their church or not. There is a lot of convicting content that’s straight to the point.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book courtesy of BookLook Bloggers.

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back (Book Review)

Called to Stay (Caleb Breakey) Book Review

In a word: Infiltrate

To me the challenge of writing, as well as reading, digesting and reviewing a book on why you probably shouldn’t leave your church for another one presents one major difficulty – the Bible doesn’t really address this issue the way we face it today in North America with Christian churches all over the place. However, Caleb does a great job tackling this issue.

Do you expect a book on not leaving your church to be dry, boring, preachy, and, well… condemning? It’s not. He’s super encouraging and positive. He’s a likeable, conversational author. Caleb loves Jesus’ church, and he’s written a lot of things to make you think.

On the down side, the one thing that I don’t recall Caleb talking about was God’s specific calling and direction on one’s life. A lot of great churches wouldn’t exist if it weren’t from people leaving their church (with intention) to start or support a new one. However, Caleb isn’t pigheaded about sticking around no matter what, just to be clear, from the vibes I get he isn’t busy judging every person who leaves his church. This book is filled with a lot of great guidelines, tips, and helps – it’s not a rulebook.

When it comes down to it, Caleb’s message is simple – infiltrate your church. A lot of times you can be the change you want to see. So stay and fight. Make a difference. Infiltrate. Your church matters. Church matters – it’s the bride of Christ.

5/5 Paper Movement Stars!

I received a review copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley.

Called to Stay (Caleb Breakey) Book Review

What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

This is a great, Biblically solid book to help sort out what Christians are really supposed to be doing on earth. Are we here primarily for social justice? Should we feel guilty if we’re not pouring out our lives for the poor?

It’s written in a gentle yet convincing manner leaving you with little questions about where the authors stand. Not the most attention grabbing book, but nevertheless a highly recommended, encouraging and enlightening book for those interested in what the Bible has to say on these issues.

Verner is a great narrorator. A+

What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert