Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
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5 out of 5 cups of Black Coffee
The Ares Decision by Kyle Mills
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One of the my favorite books in the Covert-One Series.
4 out of 5 cups of Black Coffee
Jonathan Edwards: Lover of God by Strachan & Sweeney
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Probably one of the briefest introductions to Edwards life that you can read. Accessible and Informed.
3 out of 5 cups of Black Coffee
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larrson
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Wasn’t planning on reading any more from this series because it’s pretty rough / disturbing at times. But Larsson’s writing is good and compelling. This isn’t as good as the first book, but none-the-less it’s hard to put down.
3.5 out of 5 cups of black coffee
The Moscow Vector by Patrick Larkin is book number six in the Covert One Series originally created by Robert Ludlum. I found this Larkin novel quite a bit more enjoyable than his previous effort, The Lazarus Vendetta. Larkin maintains his edgier style, but presents a more believable and well-honed story. The Lazarus Vendetta read more like a espionage thriller and less like a science fiction work, which I for one, found to be an improvement. Now on to book number seven, which was written by James Cobb, whom I know nothing about, but whom hopefully is up to the task!
3 out of 5 cups of black coffee.
I recently took our church planting team through The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer. This is a rather easy read, and it acts as a helpful reminder to pastors that their primary calling is to shepherd the flock that God has entrusted to their care. Witmer begins the book by examining the theological evidences for the role of shepherd within the Bible, and he ends on a practical note by including a lot of suggestions for implementation. If nothing else, this book forces pastors to think about the details of their shepherding plan, and it encourages them to take care of their people. My one critique of the book is that it’s focus is rather narrow and includes only the reformed tradition of shepherding; had Witmer included the shepherding histories and practices of other denominations, I think his book would have found an even wider audience (but hey it’s published by P&R, so it’s not like I was expecting what I’m suggesting).
3 of 5 Cups of Black Coffee
I received this book from my brother for Christmas and was initially very intrigued because Tim Keller, a man whom I greatly respect, wrote the forward. Gerson and Wehner (the authors of the book) are not theologians, rather they are right-leaning politicians who happen to be Christians and care deeply about both faith and politics. The good thing about this book is that it’s not the same-ole’, same ole’ story from two Christians who have wholesale bought an unchallenged, stale Republican vision for how to make this country “God’s nation.” Gerson and Wehner lay a foundation for how Christians should understand both the role of their faith and the role of the government within a democratic society. My one caveat is that they fail to fully address many issues, and despite their intentions to move beyond the mistakes of the Religious Right, at times they still seem a bit short-sighted.
Verdict: A good introduction to the discussion of faith and politics, but a little too brief.
Three of Five Cups of Black Coffee.