The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg: Book Review

Marcus Ryker was a Marine right out of high school, serving overseas in the Middle East. After his tours were over, he married and settled down. But when the itch for action became to much, he scratched, and join the Secret Service. His life was in chaos before joining the Marines, and now things were almost as he had always dreamed. What could possibly go wrong? More than he knew or could have dreamed.

Oleg Kraskin was an aspiring lawyer with his heart set on marrying the daughter of a high-ranking Russian official. But his marriage came with much more than a bride. Suddenly Kraskin found himself working not in a law office, but in the heart of the Russian secret intelligence building, the Kremlin. While he had the girl of his dreams, things have become much more intense and worrisome than he ever imagined. Can he stand idly by as things heat up? Time will tell.

Though miles separate these two men, circumstances beyond their control have them on a collision course. They will meet, and the fate of the world will fall into their hands. Continue reading “The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg: Book Review”

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Worship by A.W. Tozer: Book Review

“Science is great, philosophy is greater, theology is greater still, and worship is greatest of all. For worship goes back of where science can go, back of where human thought can penetrate, back of all the wording of theology, and back to the reality. And when the Christian gets on his knees, he is having a meeting at the summit. He can’t get beyond that.”

In the modern church, ‘worship’ is a time when we sing songs. It comes before the sermon and after we have stopped and chatted with our friends and neighbours. It’s the style or genre of music that we listen to during the week. It’s a category of books in the Christian bookstore.

But is that right? A. W. Tozer would most certainly disagree. Continue reading “Worship by A.W. Tozer: Book Review”

MyBookLook: Boundaries (Updated and Expanded) by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

“Seven AM, the usual morning line-up, Start on the chores and sweep till the floor’s all clean, Polish and wax, do laundry and mop and shine up, Sweep again, and by then, it’s like seven fifteen” – When Will My Life Begin, from Disney’s Tangled

It’s a cute song, but for many people, the Disney song describes their life to a tea.

There is always another thing to do. Someone needs help with that. Everyone is asking for your help. The To-Do list never gets any shorter. The chaos, the frustration, the endless go, go, go that wears on your soul day after day. Most of us want to throw our hands and hair up in the air in exhaustion and exasperation just like Rapunzel does at the end of the song.

There is no handsome prince to fix everything. A CGI Zachary Levi is not coming to save you, CGI Mandy Moore. But that doesn’t mean that you are stuck.

What you need are Boundaries, not walls; clear markers as to what is yours to deal with, and what is not. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Boundaries (Updated and Expanded) by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend”

Raising Men, Not Boys by Mike Fabarez: Book Review

“The house was silent, my wife’s eyes were closing, one of little Matthew’s arms was stretched out by his side while the other curled along the side of his head. I broke the silence with soft-spoken, yet very sincere question:

What now?”

The specifics may be varied, but every father has that question race through their mind, if not across their lips. Even mothers wonder how they are supposed to raise their sons to be great men, just like their dad. Or not like their dad in some unfortunate cases.

What do we do? While we do look to Scripture to show us how to live, there is no book specifically dedicated to the rearing of children. Jesus didn’t give us a parable or teaching on the do’s and don’t’s of bringing up boys. The apostle Paul may not have been married or had kids. Where do we go?

The Bible may not have anything so simply laid out for us, no one book to turn to on parenting, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have plenty to say. Mike Fabarez and his book, Raising Men, Not Boys come to offer help to parents as they navigate the tricky waters of bringing up boys in the 21st century. Continue reading “Raising Men, Not Boys by Mike Fabarez: Book Review”

MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys

“…our maleness and femaleness extends deep into our souls and is bound up in symbol. A woman with a compassionate and loving mother, for example, is likely to symbolize the feminine in her heart in a very positive way, and as a result embrace and embody femininity in a healthy and integrated fashion. But a woman with a cold, manipulative, or passive mother may have a distorted symbol of the feminine, and as a result reject part of herself and suffer from any number of emotional, sexual, and/or physiological problems.”

Feminism, femininity, the feminist movement; these words and those like it have been tainted and marked by a history of good and bad ideas and actions. Whether the motives for such things were good or not, we may not know, but they are very much impacting today’s world. And not for the better. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys”

Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi: Book Review

A picture says a thousand words unless it’s this picture. Then it says so much. To Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the iconic “Napalm Girl” photograph screams “PAIN.”

Taken shortly after a napalm bomb destroyed her home and village, Kim Phuc went running down the highway towards photographers and reporters covering the Vietnam War. What they couldn’t see was the napalm burning the little girl, leaving massive scars on her back and left arm. Those scars would remain for decades, inflicting intense pain, and reaching deep down to where napalm could not reach, her soul. The events on that fiery road would affect Kim Phuc in ways she would never have imagined as a little girl.

But that isn’t the whole story.

While that photograph does depict the very real pain that Kim Phuc felt, it also shows something else. This is the beginning of the story, not the end. Continue reading “Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi: Book Review”

Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer: Book Review

““History has to repeat itself,” said Woody Allen, “because nobody was listening the first time around.””

Adolf Hitler, the Third Reich, the SS, and all the things that Nazism did during the years of World War II will never cease to be a treasure trove of interesting information and horrifying details. The actions, behaviours, and thoughts of those leading the Nazi party were truly destructive on a massive scale. There is no way to capture how devastating their work was and still is.

But it wasn’t only the millions of Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, and people of African descent that suffered; the Christian Church did as well, though not in the same way. This is what Erwin W. Lutzer wants to help us understand with his book, Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross Was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda.

While the idea Christianity and Nazism having anything in common may seem a bizarre topic for a book, it is astonishing the relationship that was present. And it is this kind of relationship that Lutzer quickly points out is being mirrored in modern America today. Continue reading “Hitler’s Cross by Erwin W. Lutzer: Book Review”