Archive for June 2015

“Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen

June 13, 2015

Ouch.

“Unoffendable” by Brant Hansen, published by W Publishing Group, is a very challenging read.

Hansen challenges the idea that we, as Christians, have a right to be angry. I really enjoyed his laid back writing style – even though the content was particularly challenging for me.

The chapter titles won’t give much away, “Six Billion Rings,” “The World’s Worst Bedtime Story,” “Atheists, Socialists and Toast,” for example. But, the content is extremely valuable.

He makes the case that Christ was forgiving and open and winsome and welcoming and when we hang on to to our supposed entitled anger, we are none of those things.

As one who is often guilty of being offended, his admonition that this is a product of an enlarged ego hurt. But, it’s true. I would encourage everyone to read this book – especially those who are easily offended, and those who think they don’t need it.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.

“Giant Killers” by Steve Lawson

June 1, 2015

Giant Killers by Steve Lawson, published by West Bow Press is a pretty good little read.

Lawson uses the account of David vs. Goliath to bring out some useful leadership qualities for today. The book, according to the introduction, is intended to assist pastors in small churches with some of the challenges we face.. However, the information is quite useful – either a s initial instruction or a refresher – for many areas of life.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by many circumstances and this book is intended as a guide through some of those challenges and a reminder that God is greater, yet our faith is often weak.

The chapters are fairly short (and would make for a good beach book) and divided into the following sections – Identity, Discipline, Graciousness, Action, and Hope.

While I wouldn’t call this a “page turner” or a life altering read, I would recommend it to anyone who might be looking for some help and assurance in a difficult setting. I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars and say it should be worth the time it takes you to read.

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program www.booklookbloggers.com ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.