A few years ago, I made a commitment to no longer simply read books as a consumer, but to read and share with others what I learned. In this post, I share a few thoughts on some books I recently read.
Bloom is one of my favorite writers at Desiring God. In this book, he shares a collection of 35 Old and New Testament stories, shared in a very creative, engaging fashion. The chapters are short and engaging, and each chapter challenges the reader to realize that God is doing far more than we can see in our pain.
In these 35 creative retellings of Bible stories, Bloom explores the hope and joy that Abraham, Moses, Naomi, John the Baptist, and others experienced in the painful process of discovering that God’s promises really are more trustworthy than our perceptions.
Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told, by John Macarthur.
In this book, Macarthur takes on 10 parables of Jesus and helps the reader understand the profound spiritual lessons Jesus taught. Parables is probably not a book you will sit down and read cover to cover. Rather, this is a book that you can read along with as you study God’s Word. Most of the parables Macarthur writes about are from the Gospels, but several come from Paul’s epistles.
In typical Macarthur fashion, the teaching is Christ-centered and biblically-based. He provides a trustworthy voice into some of the more challenging teachings of the New Testament. Note: If you’re looking for a deeper study in any of these parables, Macarthur has also written a study guide/workbook. I haven’t seen the workbook, but assume it would be a great companion to the text.
Parables helps show, once again, that the Word is living and active. The lessons Jesus taught almost 2,000 are as challenging and informative as they were when He first shared them. One of the strengths of this book by Macarthur is how well he helps the reader understand the significance and relevance of God’s unchanging Word and unchanging nature.
The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way, by Dr. John Townsend.
I’m not sure an author can address a more relevant and prevalent topic in today’s culture than entitlement. I see it in the lives of my children, in the lives of young adults in our church, and most often in my own life. While I easily spot entitlement in the lives of others, I often miss it in my own life. Townsend helps the reader understand the significance and universality of the entitlement problem.
He defines entitlement as the belief that I am exempt from responsibility and am owed special treatment. It’s an attitude that says “I’m special and exceptional,” that believes the individual is owed something, that denies responsibility, and that refuses to accept responsibility.
The “cure” Townsend prescribes is the Hard Way, that says, “The habit of doing what is best, rather than what is comfortable, to achieve a worthwhile outcome.” The Entitlement Cure would be a great read for teachers, pastors, employers, coaches, and more.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received both Parables and The Entitlement Cure books free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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