July 19, 2011

Book Review - The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards

Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards (Long Line of Godly Men Profile) from Reformation Trust in exchange for a review.

Jonathan Edwards is one of the most towering figures in American Christianity, possibly even Christianity as a whole - ranking with the likes of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.  There were many things that set Jonathan Edwards apart: his intelligence, the time in which he lived, just to name a couple.  However the thing that this book focuses on, is Edwards' determination or resolve.

Early on in the ministry of Jonathan Edwards, he began to write a series of resolutions as a means of encouraging himself to live more fully for the glory of God.  The author of this book, Steven J. Lawson, breaks down these resolutions into six categories, which compose the corresponding last six chapters of this book.

I.  The Priority of God's Glory.

II.  The Putting Away of Sin

III.  The Precipice of Eternity

IV.  The Passion of Discipline

V.  The Practice of Love

VI.  The Posture of Self-Examination

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was a relatively quick read, yet it was spiritually challenging.  As I have stated, in the life of the church, the light with which Jonathan Edwards shone, is nearly unparalleled.  This was a man who sought hard after God and His glory.  He did so with great passion and with great discipline.  God has used and, I believe, will continue to use the life of Jonathan Edwards to encourage others to seek after Him.  Though this book is not a comprehensive study of the thought of Edwards, it is certainly a great place to start.

My Rating: 5/5

More Goodies from Logos

Anybody that knows me, knows that I like free stuff and, hey, who doesn't.  Logos Bible Software has added several free 'goodies' to their lineup of software.
First, and most importantly, they have made available a free version of their standard Bible software engine (PC / Mac).  You don't get a lot with this, just a copy of the King James Bible and the ESV Bible, but it is a place to start and you can buy add-ons to expand your digital library.
Second, is the RefTagger, which, with the implantation of a few lines of HTML code, will automatically convert all scripture references on your website or blog to previewable hyperlinks.
Third, are the Biblical language keyboards.  These are foreign language keyboards that you can install on your Windows computer, and possibly Mac too, that allow you to type in Koine Greek, Classical Hebrew, and a few other languages.
There are more that are available, but to find out what they are, you are going to have to check out your self at the Logos goodies page.

July 15, 2011

Book Review - The Princes Poison Cup

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of The Prince's Poison Cup in exchange for a review.

As a Christian parent, I sometimes find it difficult to explain the big truths of Scripture my children.  Fortunately for me and other parents like me, there are books like this one.  The Prince's Poison Cup is another book in Reformation Trust's children's series.  This story is a retelling of redemption history, focusing on Christ drinking the cup of God's wrath to the dregs, a feat no other could do.  This story is placed in a medieval/fantasy setting where, God is the "King of Life" and Jesus is His Son "The Prince."  The people of the land were disobedient to the king and were separated from him because of their stony hearts, but the King provides away for them to be reconciled to Him through the sacrifice mentioned above.  As with the other books in this series, this is a great resource, but, more importantly, its just a good story.