What in The World is Going on? By Dr. David Jeremiah

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by Dr. David Jeremiah

When I first looked at the front cover, I thought of the scriptural passage Matthew 24:36-39, and wondered what sort of approach would Dr. Jeremiah take on this difficult subject. I say difficult, because many in history have failed to interpret Biblical prophesy, especially when trying to determine “Who is the AntiChrist?” and “What day will the rapture take place?”  Thankfully, Dr. Jeremiah doesn’t name a particular man nor does he attempt an exact date. What in the World is Going on is a careful examination into prophesy without Dr. Jeremiah turning himself into a false teacher or false prophet. His book refers to many things despite being a brief 259 pages.

He examines several passages of Biblical scripture, mostly Ezekiel and Revelations, and he quotes several scholars, authors, and politicians for insight. There is a glance into historical events such as World War II, the American Revolution, Israel’s rebirth, and 9/11. His book also speaks about political issues like oil dependency, moral decay, European politics, and the threat of Islamic terrorism. When Dr. Jeremiah does speak of the AntiChrist, he presents traits for this future evil based on scripture and past potential candidates like Adolf Hitler and Emperor Nero; there is also a chapter dedicated to the rapture too. My only complaint about the book is I thought the book should have been longer, otherwise I recommend this book to everyone.

Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Thomas Nelson Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.  This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur

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by Dr. John Macarthur

If one desires to learn about Jesus Christ, the Bible is the best book to read. If you wanted a secularized biography about Christ then you have the wrong book. Based on your reading level, you may need to look up a couple of words too.  Depending on maturity and theology, The Jesus You Can’t Ignore is a book which you will either shake your head in disagreement, or you will be humbled by learning of Christ and yourself; keep an open mind and it’ll really make you think. As I read this book, scripture came to life in my mind, I learned more about Christ, and I grew spiritually.

Throughout the book, Dr. MacArthur stresses to Christians a difficult lesson to accept: we cannot be wimpy when in the face of adversity, because Jesus wasn’t. Many passages of scripture, historical/cultural insight, and quotes from past leaders such as Charles Spurgeon are provided as evidence Jesus wasn’t just the ultimate nice guy. Yet Dr. MacArthur also stresses to not be overzealous and hate mongering, because such an extreme is no different from the Pharisees Jesus dealt with throughout his life. I highly recommend this book, it was a great read!

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Thomas Nelson Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus.  This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin

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Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin
by Kris Lundgaard

A very fascinating read this book was for me. This title was written by Kris Lundgaard, whose book was written as a modernized version of Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin by Puritan John Owen. Now I haven’t read John Owen’s book yet, but I am curious what differences are between Kris Lundgaard and John Owen’s books. Because of this, I may have to find John Owen’s book as well. Kris’ book was originally suggested by the youth pastor of my church, in my opinion it was a very good pick for our group. I highly recommend this to other bible groups out there, because I believe The Enemy Within would not have been as powerful of an impact if I had read this alone.

Obviously, as the title suggests this is a book about sin. Because of how this book addresses sin, I would recommend this book to all Christians specifically, but I don’t know if I can recommend this book to many outside of the faith. I say this not to deprive people of knowledge, but because I do not believe someone who rejects or simply does not yet know of  God and Christ would respond to the book the same way as a Christian might; it would be like a high school math teacher who tries to teach calculus to 4th graders. The purpose of this book is not to entertain readers necessarily, it is to educate readers of how dangerous is the sin within our hearts and how it can be dealt with. This is essential, because in my opinion some people, including myself at times, feel sin is either something to shrug off or to become paralyzed in fear.

Do not assume incorrectly. This is not a book that is designed to be used as puffery, it is opposite of that. For me, this was a very humbling book which as my bible group and I discussed it, we learned many things about ourselves and I am certain all of us grew in the spirit. The book talked about the many dangerous appearances of sin, it also provided numerous passages of scripture, and it was well written. This is a book filled with truth and I have no arguments against what is contained within those pages.

Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.