Book Review – The Prayer that Turned the World Upside Down by R. Albert Mohler

Title: The Prayer that Turned the World Upside Down
Author: R. Albert Mohler
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Year: 2018
Pages: 181
My Rating: 4 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

It’s been said that if you want to make a Christian feel guilty, ask about his prayer life.  Many of us struggle with finding time to pray, wondering if we are praying enough and sometimes it’s just difficult talking to someone you can’t see.  In his latest book, the Prayer that Turned the World Upside Down, Dr. Al Mohler takes up the request once asked of Jesus, “Teach us to pray.”

Jesus’ response to that question is what we know refer to as the Lord’s Prayer.  Maybe you remember reciting it as a child or something you often repeated in church.  As familiar as it is, how many of us have really thought through this crucially important lesson on prayer?  This book helps us do just that. Dr. Mohler takes us through the prayer line by line giving an in-depth exegesis of the text that grounds us in sound theology yet leaves us with practical application we can put to use in our own lives.  

I, personally, found the book to be quite interesting and challenging.  I especially appreciated the author’s emphasis on corporate prayer. So often I  fellow believers who believe that all prayer should take place in secret, confined to a closet as Jesus taught at one point.  But throughout the Lord’s prayer, it is plural pronouns that are used. In other words, at least some prayer was meant to be corporate, in public.  That’s just one insight of the many found in these pages.

Here’s a few quotes I found edifying:

“When we pray, we convey our entire theological system.  Our theology us never so clearly displayed before our own eyes and before the world as in our prayers.” – page 10

“God uses prayer to radically reorient our hearts, which can be disturbing.  Prayer can sometimes be ‘anti-therapy.’ This is because prayer is not first and foremost about us, but about the glory of God.” – page 15

“Prayer is not our bargaining chip with a reluctant genie.  It is our opportunity to commune with the Creator and Redeemer who loves us.” – page 17

“Jesus is reminding us that when we enter into a relationship with God, we enter into a relationship with his people.  When we are saved by Christ, we are saved into his body, the church.” – page 48

“This is why Jesus regularly referred to himself a the ‘bread of life,’ the true manna sent from heaven (John 6:35).  He is God’s ultimate provision for our spiritual lives. Each day as we pray for our daily bread, we should be reminded of our need for Christ to forgive our sins and empower us for obedience. Each time we pray for daily bread, we should recognize our deeper need for the bread of life – the only one who can truly satisfy.” – page 118

“The Bible does not teach that God helps those who help themselves; instead, God helps those who are at the end of themselves.” – page 148

Purchase the book here.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

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Book Review – Bearded Gospel Men

51u0kkqydsl-_sx335_bo1204203200_Title: Bearded Gospel Men: The Epic Quest for Manliness and Godliness
Author: Jared Brock and Aaron Alford
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Year: 2017
Pages: 304
My Rating: 4 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

Bearded Gospel Men is a 31 day devotional written by Jared Brock and Aaron Alford. The book presents you with a Bible verse and quote for each day along with a short biographical sketch of an influential leader from church history. Of course all of these leaders are men, and men with beards. This is followed by a prayer and contemplative questions that help you carefully think through the material in an applicable way.

As someone with an appreciation of church history, I found this book both fascinating and hilarious. If you enjoy memes on social media, you will enjoy this book. The humor sprinkled throughout every page keeps you interested but the spiritual meat of the book keeps you engaged. While I was already familiar with most of the men featured, I still learned quite a bit I did not already know.

While I would recommend this book, it obviously has an intended, limited audience. There is quite a bit of truth we all can learn from, but the constant jokes about masculinity and beards would probably turn away most ladies. I would also caution that the book has more of a wide-spread Evangelical appeal and would not be as “reformed” as would like. Yet, the book is still worth the read.

Purchase the book for yourself here.

Free E-Book Alert – Calvin on the Christian Life by Michael Horton

 

The fine folks at Crossway are once again offering a free book, this time by one of my favorite authors – Michael Horton.  By the way, Dr. Horton has agreed to come on my podcast this month!

Here’s the amazon.com description of the book:

John Calvin, a man adored by some and maligned by others, stands as a legendary figure in Christian history. In Calvin on the Christian Life, professor Michael Horton offers us fresh insights into the Reformer’s personal piety and practical theology by allowing Calvin to speak in his own words.

Drawing not only from his Institutes and biblical commentaries, but also from lesser-known tracts, treatises, and letters, this book will deepen your understanding of Calvin’s theology and ministry by exploring the heart of his spiritual life: confident trust and unwavering joy in the sovereign grace of God.

Part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series.

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Free E-Book Alert – Be Decisive (Jeremiah) by Warren W. Wiersbe

Imagine living in a world with no moral absolutes. A place where truth is in the eye of the beholder. A society with eroding standards. Sound familiar? Yet this dilemma is not new. The prophet Jeremiah was called to take a public, and unpopular, stand for God’s truth. His story can inspire us to make the powerful, decisive choice to say firm in our faith and values.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe’s best-selling “BE” commentary series, Be Decisive has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe shares the need for decisive believers in a lukewarm culture.

Download the book here.

The Impact of Haddon W. Robinson

As a freshman at Gordon College, I wasn’t required to attend every chapel service. On one particular day, I decided to skip the service, I already had enough chapel credits as I recall. None of my friends were going and I had never heard of the speaker. Yet, at the last moment I decided to go. For the life of me I have no idea why. Little did I know that the man behind the pulpit had literally wrote the book on preaching. This was my introduction to Haddon Robinson. I was quite impressed with his message and had a brief moment to chat with him after. Back then I had no concept of the term “selfie,” otherwise you would see one attached to this post.

In just a few short months I would be training to preach myself and using his Biblical Preaching as a textbook. It was a huge help to a young kid who had no idea how to turn a text of Scripture into a 35-minute delivery worth hearing. It helped me turn a rambling exegesis into a coherent message with a clear point. I cannot even begin to fathom how many other young preachers that book helped. I cannot even begin to imagine the number of souls that would be effected by this man’s ministry.

It is abundantly evident that God used the life of Haddon Robinson. His impact is immeasurable. His blessing to the church will echo down the corridors of history for many years to come.

Now the Lord has called him home. Now, Haddon Robinson is face-to-face with subject of his preaching.  He has his eternal reward.  Thank you, Dr. Robinson for your passion for preaching.

Click on these links to learn more:

Dr. Haddon Robinson:  A Tribute

Truth Poured Through Personality: Dr. Haddon W. Robinson

Free Book – The Gospel According to Paul by John MacArthur

gospel-according-to-paulThe fine folks at Grace to You, for a limited time only, are giving away the Gospel According to Paul for free.  This is not an e-book but a physical copy!  This is one of the many reasons I appreciate the ministry of John MacArthur…

Here’s a description of the book:

John MacArthur’s best seller The Gospel According to Jesus shook the evangelical world. Why? It called the church to consider how it had lost sight of what it means to follow Christ—that it means yielding to Him as Lord. The follow-up book, The Gospel According to the Apostles, answered criticisms to the first book, showing that the concept of “Christ as Lord” was central to the gospel the apostles preached.

Now, John’s newest book, The Gospel According to Paul, takes what you know about the good news even further. No one did more than Paul to help people understand the gospel. This look at the gospel as Paul proclaimed it will ignite your heart with the truth of Jesus Christ crucified, buried, risen, and ascended—the most uplifting truth in the universe.

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