Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Churchless book Review

I read a book by Church statistic guru George Barna.  He has written a masterpiece called Churchless.  As a pastor I feel that this book and topic must be required reading.  We must be a student of the culture and figure out what is making people leave the church by the thousands.
This trend alarms me and is why I picked up this book.
Like any Barna book, there will be many stats and can overwhelm you, bore you, or tempt you to skip over the book.  Don't do that!  The stats will help you see the reality we as pastors face when we lead our church and see people leave
My favorite chapter by far has to be the final chapter: why churches matter.  The material in it helps me to know what to say to a generation that sees the church as irrelevant.  The tools help me stay relevant without compromising the truth of the bible.
I highly recommend this book if you want to see how the culture sees the church and how to fix the problems we face in the 21st century.  Pick it up at Amazon.com today!!!
I recieved this book for free from Tyndale bloggers network in exchange for an honest review .  Thanks to them for the copy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

book review: Near enemy by Adam Sternbergh

Adam Sternbergh returns with his Spadman series of novels.  Near Enemy is book 2 in the series.  If you haven read book 1: shovel ready, you will want to read that one first.
Spademan is a garbage man turned killer.  armed with a boxknife, he continues his quest in this book.
I loved book 1 but i felt that book 2 didnt have as much heart as book 1.  the plot seemed pointless to me for most of it.
In the spademan books, this is a apocalyptic world where the world had been almost destroyed and most people go into a plugged in dream world.  this book it is revealed that there are hackers who hack peoples dreams and kill the people in their dreams.  Spademan must find out how to stop them.
Again, it was an interesting read that was not horrible and is readable, but it lacked heart and soul.  if you read book 1, you might as well read book 2, it is a quick and easy read.
I recieved this book for free from bloggingforbooks.com

Book review: Miracle at the Higher Ground Cafe

I have read almost everything that Max Lucado has written so when I had the opportunity to read a fiction book written by him, i jumped at the chance.
This book has a great setting: Coffee, and God what a great combo, lol!
This is a great fiction book with a message.  A woman has a coffee shop that has been passed doewn to her from her mother and times are tough.  She plans on closing shop forever when all of a sudden God shows up in a unique way and people show up to her coffeeshop for the coffee and to hear from God.
This book was a good and easy read but i wouldnt call it life-changing.  If you like stories of coffeeshops, families, angels, and God this is for you.  I would call this book a little "fluffy."  What I mean is that it seems like a hallmark movie or a lifetime movie in book form.  In no way does that make it bad, but it reminded me of that!  I would recommend this if you like Christian fiction with a message.
I received this book for free in exchange with an honest review from booklookbloggers.com, thanks to them for the book.