Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

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It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke.A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting.Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a degree in … [Read more...]

More or Less: How Much is Enough?

When was the last time you heard someone say that they wanted less?I'm guessing that if you live in the US, or anywhere greatly influenced by the consumerism of modern Western culture, it's been awhile. Hence the need for Jeff Shinabarger's challenging tome More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity.The founder of such efforts as Plywood People and, co-founder of the Q event, and creative director for Catalyst, Jeff has a history of thinking outside of th … [Read more...]

Grace-based Parenting: A Review of “Connecting Church and Home”

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It's about time!That's what I thought as I read the wisdom-packed pages of Tim Kimmel's latest book Connecting Church & Home.  Tim Kimmel is the founder of Family Matters and long-time cheerleader for grace-based parenting. You can check out the Family Matters site here for a lot of valuable parenting resources.Connecting Church & Home is a quick, easy read that should be required for any family ministry leader. For that matter, any pastor who claims to care about families in the … [Read more...]

Life After Art: In Search of Beauty


Today I am pleased to share a guest post from Eileen Knowles inspired by a book that is making some waves, Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room by Matt Appling. You can find Eileen and follow her journey as she takes The Scenic Route at Connect on Twitter and Facebook. "As artists and humans, we have to learn to color inside the line that is imperfect, messy or even a mistake. Nothing in your life will ever be just right. There … [Read more...]

Book Review: “The Catalyst Leader” by Brad Lomenick


Essential.The Catalyst Leader: 8 Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker by Brad Lomenick, CEO of Catalyst, releases this coming Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from Thomas Nelson Publishers. And I can think of no better word to describe it than what it claims to be.Essential. Here’s Why In The Catalyst Leader, Brad pulls back the curtain on the inner working of Catalyst to reveal the eight essentials that have made Catalyst the premier leadership conference provider for young leaders today. Bu … [Read more...]

Book Review: “Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart” by J.D. Greear

"How can anyone know, beyond all doubt, that they are saved?" That's the question J. D. Greear tackles in his latest book Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved. Published by B & H Publishing officially on February 1, 2013, Greear's handy book will quickly become standard issue in discipleship and young converts classes across a wide swath of Evangelical churches.It brings straightforward and thoroughly Biblical answers to that vexing question of assurance of … [Read more...]

The War Against God: A Book Review

I don't know about you, but I usually have low expectations for Christian fiction, or anything resembling it. Maybe the Left Behind series permanently lowered my hopes that Christians could write engaging, culturally relevant fiction without sounding, well -- in a word -- nuts.So it was with some reluctance that I picked up The War Against God, a novel by David Kullberg, recently published by Andershire Books in 2012. But I'm glad I did.Not only did I discover that Christians can … [Read more...]

See How to Get Lifted by Angels with Joel J. Miller

It's not just a book. It's an experience. I know it sounds like the tag-line for something Disneyesque, but that's how Joel J. Miller's latest book Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians made me feel.I didn't just read it, my soul felt mystically reawakened by the ancient truth of these angelic hosts that surround us each day and night. I know that sounds a strange statement coming from an Evangelical raised in Fundamentalist circles who's supposed to fea … [Read more...]