I have been given the opportunity to do some reviews on some books from a few different publishers. Some of them do not quite fit into the focus I have for Living Infuzion, but obviously have some good information. Here are some of my perspectives on some pretty good books! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Forsaking All Others" Sister Wives Book 2 - By Allison Pittman

Forsaking All Others is the second book in the Sister Wives series by author Allison Pittman.  The book continues the story of Camilla Fox and her escape from the Mormon faith in the late 1800s.  She is found and aided in her journey to reconcile with her parents and eventually regain custody of the children she left behind with her polygamist husband Nathan, by army Captain Charles Brandon.  Her journey is fraught with peril as she is perceived as a threat by the elders of the Mormon church, but her faith and trust in Jesus sees her through.

Once again Allison Pittman has written a masterfully moving and intriguing book.  We are brought along a journey of faith and peril that leaves you turning the pages wanting more.  Camilla's escape from the Mormon church and polygamist husband is heartbreaking as she is forced to leave her children behind. Pittmann's research into the historical aspects of Mormonism and their effects is powerful and insightful.  About the only thing I found disappointing was that it was the end.  I hope she goes on to write another book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of reviewing it by Tyndale Publishing House.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

“Our Last Great Hope – Awakening the Great Commission” by Ronnie Floyd

I loved this book!  “Our Last Great Hope – Awakening the Great Commission” by Ronnie Floyd, was such a refreshing book in the face of so many books about trying to make the Gospel weak and ambiguous.  This book has taken me more time to get through that previous ones because of several ideas that I wanted to digest and reflect on.  There is a deep level of research and a theology that will make even the most season evangelical pensive.

One of my favourite chapters was chapter 2: Awaken the Church.  Dr. Floyd quotes a study by George Barna that isolates 6 key issues that I think are too familiar in the modern church: Theological literacy is plummeting in the church, churches are becoming more ingrown and less interested in reaching out to others, members want “practical” formulas rather than profound spiritual truth, Christians are showing more interest in community action, the postmodern insistence on tolerance is gaining ground quickly among Christians, and Christianity is having near-zero impact on the surrounding culture.

This for me was the point in the book where Dr. Floyd leaped into his discussion.  The drive of this book is to show how the Bible teaches that the Gospel is the power of and reason for the Christian faith, but that so many people have moved away from using that power clearly.  In his experience when the church moves in the power of the Gospel it makes progress.  When it moves away from it, the church moves into obscurity.

This is a book that will inform and challenge even the deepest of faithful Christians and will motivate people forward to share the Gospel and walk in its power.