Book Reviews

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Four Stars

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is an unfolding of perception through the main character over a span of decades. It’s one of the books that makes the reader wonder what in life has been misconstrued as fact within a particular person’s fiction. I caution readers about the first part since it contains self-involved, explicit inferences. Otherwise, I found it to be quite readable and an intriguing analysis of human perception.

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Experiencing God by Henry and Richard Blackaby with Claude King

Five Stars

If you need a new Bible study to begin 2019, I highly recommend Experiencing God. Although this Bible study is designed to be done five days a week, it could easily be stretched throughout the year by doing one lesson per week. It is a fully-comprehensive study about how to love God through seven realities and extending that love to others through all facets of life. I also did this study along with Seven Realities for Experiencing God.  This is a wonderful study to do with a small group with short daily lessons and a brief Bible study focused on the life of Moses. Don’t miss out on experiencing God in a deeper way in the coming year.

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Still Waters by Viveca Sten

Three Stars

For a murder mystery, this book was rather “meh.” I was excited to read it because the book is set in Sweden, and the author hales from that country. I liked the book for those aspects. But, the mystery was not compelling. Granted, I have not had time to read much in the past two months. Yet, I was surprised that this book did not deliver as a page-turner.

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The Way Back by Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock

The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back by [Phil, Cooke, Bock, Jonathan]

Four Stars

My church’s leadership recommended this book as a way to get back on course. I decided to read it to gain greater understanding about the current concerns our congregation is facing. What I appreciate is that this book reflects what I have long believed to be true.

My grandmother told me often as I was growing up and in my faith to “be God’s person.” This was her daily prayer for her children and grandchildren. Her personal daily prayer was that God would direct her to the person(s) He wanted her to meet that day. She was one of the most gifted evangelists I have had the privilege to know because she looked for opportunities to share her faith in relational, inoffensive ways. This book reflects that ideal. Be God’s person. See opportunities to share faith in personal and tangible ways. That is the way back to living out a credible Christian life.