Book Reviews


I am doing some further education, which has required me to do quite a bit of reading, so I wanted to write some short reviews about some of the books.  Although, I do not endorse everything written in the books, there is much that we can learn from them.

The Unexpected Journey by Thom S. Rainer is a very inspiring book that looks into the salvation experiences of thirteen different people from very diverse backgrounds, such as Atheism, New Age Movment, Black Muslims, Satanism, Mormanism, Wiccan Paganism, Hinduism.  At the end of the book, Thom gives some lessons that we can learn from the stories of these people who journeyed from other gods to faith in Jesus Christ.

Concentric Circles of Concern by W. Oscar Thompson is a practical book that equips Christians to share their faith through the relationships they have with various circles of people.  I really liked how Mr. Thompson gives practical steps to identifying and reaching the unsaved we have contact with on a regular basis.

Family to Family by Dr. Jerry Pipes and Victor Lee is a book the helps families know the practical steps of working together to fulfill God’s purposes for the family and pass them on to the next generation and to others around them.  You will really enjoy the inspiration and ideas given in the book for focusing your family on God’s plan.

Share Jesus Without Fear by William Fay challenges and equips every Christian with the motivation and tools necessary to effectively share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people from all backgrounds and belief systems.  The five questions that William gives in the books to help you start spiritual conversations have proven to be very effective in my personal life and for others in the churches here. 

Radically Unchurched by Alvin Reid a book that gives us a very thorough profile of the radically unchurched and a workable plan to reach them.  I really liked Alvin’s desire to reach the unreached without compromising Biblical truth.


Cross Cultural Servanthood by Duane Elmer is a book that gives perspectives, delineates processes, and extends challenges to the servant of God who attempts to reach across cultural lines with the gospel and the Word of God.  I really wish that I would have read this book a long time ago before trying to cross cultural lines.  It has revived my desire to listen to and serve those in other cultures.


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