Book Reviews

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cold Case Christianity

Does God Exist?

 J. Warner Wallace is a homicide detective and an author.  A self proclaimed atheist turned Christian,  due to the factual evidence, he could not discredit.  A born again Christian to the point, he defends the faith in God,  by running a website, answering questions pertaining to the Christian faith.  Cold Case Christianity, is also written by Wallace, a book putting the scriptures through the scrutiny only a homicide detective can do.
   This book is written from
a homicide Detective point of view.  Each question starts with the specifics of an old case, the names and places have been changed.  Techniques that are  used to solve a homicide case, are explained, used, and defined.  After each case is portrayed,  the same techniques used for that case are used for the questions of scriptures. A wide variety of topics is covered including was Jesus really resurrected from the grave,  is there a God and how do we know, and is the Bible true.  This book definitely goes in depth, taking in consideration any questions of doubt and disbelief.
   I found this book to be informative, many subjects were covered in depth.  I liked the fact that each area in question was looked from both the point of view of a non-believer and a believer.  I think this book would of been more enjoyable if the crime scene scenarios were left out.  This is definitely a good book to read, to help others learn how to defend what they believe.  I did not like the parts stating some of the bible is not true, or has been added on at another time. Overall I found this book to be informative and nonbiased.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher David C. Cook and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  I want to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.    

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

gods at War

Who Do You Worship

Who do you worship?  Before you answer this question, know what the definition of worship is, and what or who can be considered a god, not a God.  Are you sure you have not, and are not, breaking the first commandment?  Thou shall have no other gods before me- Exodus 20:3, anything less is called idolatry.  Those who believe they have not and will not break this commandment, need to first read the book gods at War, by Kyle Idleman.   Surprisingly, most people are breaking the first,  and most reinforced commandment of the Bible, every day.
   Idolatry can be defined as "anything that becomes the purpose or driving force of your life", is summed up as idolatry.  There are many gods taking first place, where God should be, and no other.  According to Idelman, some examples of gods are money, pornography, entertainment, overeating, success, and romance. Every one of these things is not sinful on its own, unless they are worshiped, put before our Lord.   Even "goals can become gods, when we begin to serve and sacrifice for them." Learning to identify the false gods,   can eliminate them by taking them captive, as they should be.  "Sin doesn't just spring up out of nowhere, it is usually grown where some kind of seed has been planted.  The Lord our God, should be the only one in life that is number one in all we do and feel.
 Gods of wars, conveys  the areas in  life that may be taking gods place in our hearts.  Examples, from others personal experiences are included.  Sin is ever increasing, so learning to take "every thought" captive. Idleman helps  us see  the  false gods,  that can be put in front of the Lord.  God should be number one in our lives.  There should never be anything or one, that should be put in front of or beside our God.  Remember our God is a jealous God, as he should be.  He made us, loves us, and gave us his son, because we mean that much to him.  To be a true follower, all gods should be put behind God.
   I found this book to be enjoyable and insightful.  The author, I felt, does well by using testimonies  of others situations.  Scriptures were stated, to back up all the important points.  This is the second book, I have read by this author.  I find his books to be easy to follow, concise, and inspirational.  I had a hard time putting down this book, once I started it.  This is the second book, that I found enjoyable by this author.  Not a Fan is also a great book, written by Kyle Idleman.  I  look forward, to hopefully more to come in the future.
   I would like to thank Booksneeze, netgalley,  the publisher Zondervan,  and the author Kyle Idleman.  I appreciate the complimentary copy of this book, to read and review.  All of the opinions expressed are mine and have not had any cohesion from an outside source