A mysterious group of immortal terrorists are on a mission to commit an attack on a target in the name of God. They’ve been doing this for centuries, trying to win God’s favor by punishing sinners. Along the way, they collide with the book’s hero, Jagger Baird, who gets recruited to stop them. How do you stop an unstoppable enemy who’s covinced God is on their side. I’d love to say more, but I don’t want to give too much away. This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller. Beyond the thrilling story line are a lot of thought provoking themes like the dangers of trying to earn salvation and what happens when believers take the word of God out of context as well as what happens when head knowledge supercedes having Christ in your heart.
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Tags: amok, amokarts, arts, Bible Study Resource, book review, creative, Gus Dallas, ministry, Proverbs Reconstructed
I was looking around Booksneeze.com searching out my next book to review when I found Proverbs Reconstructed by Gus Dallas. You see, my church has been doing a study of the book of Proverbs for well over a year and we’re not done. It’s a great book filled with wisdom for the ages and I knew my congregation would get a lot out of it. But the book of Proverbs has a problem when it comes to study. Its not organized in the way a lot of people think. It’s not topical and it just sort of bounces around. Gus Dallas has changed all that. He took the Proverbs verse by verse and organized them by topic. Then he listed the topics alphabetically and subdivided each topic (where applicable) into “Good” where the topic works for positive results and “Bad” for those that are negative. It is a great idea and could have made my study a lot easier.
After a few pages of introduction, and other than a brief epilogue, the rest of the book is straight out of the Bible (New King James Version). I realize I read it in a way it was not intended to be read (cover to cover) as it is more of a study resource than a reading book and yet I really enjoyed reading what God has to say on a multitude of topics. The verses repeat often, as many proverbs cover multiple topics. There were a few times where I didn’t think a verse was placed in the right topic and yet for the most part the organization was very good and some of these things are a matter of interpretation. All in all this is a very good Study resource that I recommend.
You may have noticed however that my title for this review has an “except” in it and that I gave it only three stars. There is one detrimental thing about this book. It has a TON of typos. I’m sort of in shock that this book got past the editors as it is, since almost all of it is straight from the Scriptures. “Bribes” are sometimes “Brides,” “clothed” is printed as “closed,” “pursed” lips are now “pursued” lips, etc. Also some of the texts run off the page and disappear in the Kindle version I read. In fairness there may have been some technical difficulties in translating the book for the Kindle. Perhaps the book itself was hastily scanned on an OCR scanner or the book was spoken into an interpretation program, perhaps the review copies were posted before the final edit? I’m unsure, but hopefully the folks at the publishing company will do a quick re-edit. This would be a four or five star tool with a little editing. Even in it’s current state, it would make your study of Proverbs much easier.
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Before reading this book, I knew what most people know about George Washington Carver. He was “the peanut guy.” Actually, I knew a little more than that, having read some of Andy Andrew’s works which include parts of Carver’s story and it was Andrews’ work that made me want to read this book. I am so glad I did.
John Perry does a masterful job filling in the blanks of this great man’s story. Born a slave, he became one of the world’s foremost scientists of his time. The whole story is covered with the finger prints of God and reading this book will make you see clearly how God intervenes in a life submitted to him. For example, born prematurely, Carver was too weak and sickly to do the work most slaves were expected to do. Instead he was charged with household duties and tending the garden. This supposed weakness and infirmity would lead to his life’s work and countless advances in the science of food.
The terrible effects of racism are also addressed. Even as Carver grew to international renown and even celebrity status, he still had problems with simple things like riding in a train car, getting a hotel room, a meal at a restaurant, even access to public restrooms because he was African American. What a tragedy and yet even this was formative for the resilient Carver. His original intent was to be an artist, but in art school, his teacher feared that people would not buy the work of an African American artist so she gently guided him to science. One could argue, and rightly so, that Carver remained an artist all his life, both in actuality and in the more figurative sense, using his immense creativity to change the world.
The most poignant thing about this book is the overt evidence of Carver’s faith. Carver was a man of God whose faith was evident in every area of his life. He gave to his students and to the world, lived a frugal life so he could sow into the lives of others especially for the advancement of African Americans. He was a man of great generosity who turned down many much more lucrative positions to remain at the Tuskegee Institute helping the next generation.
George Washington Carver was a great man more people should know about. John Perry has written a great book that will help many to do just that. Beyond just showing us Carver, Perry has shown us a beautiful example of the power of a life submitted to God. Read this book.
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The Christian Zombie Killer’s Handbook
By Jeff Kinley
I just finished reading the Christian Zombie Killer’s Handbook by Jeff Kinley. I have to admit I selected the book for review because of the unusual title. In this literary age where vampires and werewolves are beginning to be portrayed as the good guys, it was good to see that zombies are still bad. Kinley juxtaposes a zombie story with some really excellent prose on sin, repentance and the battle that rages in each of us. Comparing our sin nature with an “internal zombie,” Kinley demonstrates how we can win the battle in Christ. In taking the battle all the way to the end times, which he compares to the so-called zombie apocalypse, he also shows the ultimate victory.
Kinley alternates back and forth between the story of Ben Forman, a graphic designer whose life is turned upside down by Zombie attacks, with chapters explaining the scriptural ramifications of sin. This is a really well constructed book that could be a useful tool in youth ministry (especially those fixated on twilight, et. Al). It concludes with a study guide and contains an ad for a weekend event kit, which could be quite interesting for the right group. Don’t relegate it to the teens alone though, it could be a great book for anyone interested in defeating their inner zombie and living for Jesus.
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On the AMOKArts Blog, I often encourage my readers to “tell a better story.” It’s not about embellishing the story or making something up. It’s about sharing what you have received from God in a way that will spur others to belief and good works. Todd Burpo has done just that in Heaven is for Real.
A lot of Christians, even the strongest ones struggle with doubt. Somewhere in the back of our minds is a voice that questions whether or not we’re wrong. This is especially prevalent in the areas of heaven and life after death. That is a time when we really have to hold on to belief and faith. Well most of us… Colton Burpo doesn’t have to wonder about Heaven or even believe in Heaven. He knows there’s a heaven. He’s been there.
Four year old Colton had a near death experience at the age of four. Afterwards, with no prompting from anyone, he began to describe vivid scenes of heaven, people who have gone before and even a miscarried sister he knew nothing about before the experience. These descriptions lead to one inescapable conclusion, Heaven is for Real.
Colton’s father, Pastor Todd Burpo wrote the book with Lynn Vincent (Same Kind of Different as Me). It’s one of those books I could have read in one sitting had the pace of life permitted it (it didn’t). Burpo describes the harrowing events surrounding the near loss of his son in great, heart wrenching detail and Colton’s matter-of-fact descriptions of heaven in such a way that the reader almost feels as if he right there hearing it. This is an excellent book that will encourage your faith and place questions in the minds of even the most strident non-believer. I highly encourage you to read this book.
Heaven Is for Real is a great example of a “better story.”
Thanks to Booksneeze.com for the review copy.