Saturday, February 28, 2015

Forming Intentional Disciples:

Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus By: Sherry A. Weddell
Non-Fiction: Religion 255 pages
Book Count: 6

This book deals a lot with the statistics about religion in America and the author's belief on why they are changing the way that they are.  With the main points being that continuing doing things the way that worked decades ago will not work, and that if we want people to join or stay in the church then they need to become intentional disciples and be in an environment where that is the norm.  It then goes into the levels/thresholds of conversion and how to help bring people/a parish to a life of discipleship.  The five thresholds are: initial trust (a trust or positive connection with something or someone relating to Christianity), spiritual curiosity (wanting to know more), spiritual openness ( being open to the possibility of change), spiritual seeking (an active seeking), and lastly intentional discipleship (an intentional commitment to follow Jesus.)  The book uses a lot of personal stories to highlight how things look in real life as well.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Note to Self - Odd Thomas:

Odd Thomas By: Dean Koontz
Fiction: Mystery, Paranormal, Religion 399 pages
Book Count: 5

As this is a book from a popular book series that has been out for a long time, I am not going to bother summarizing what happened in the book.   I'm just noting that I read it for my own record of the books that I have read.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Daily Wisdom for Women 2015 Devotional Collection:

Daily Wisdom for Women 2015 Devotional Collection - January Compiled by: Barbour Staff
Non-fiction: Religion, E-book

This book is a quick (about 5 minutes a day) devotional.  It starts with a Bible quote, then has a page or two of thoughts relating to the quote in some way, then ends with a line or two long prayer.  It is written by a collection of different women, and so there are 6 different versions of the Bible that are used for quotes in it, but it is noted what version that they are using each time.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Stewarding Life:

Stewarding Life: One Lifetime, Limited Resources, Eternal Priorities By: Paul Chappell
Non-Fiction: Religion, E-book

First, this book was written by a Baptist minister, so all of the normal things you would expect from a book by a Baptist minister are in it.  Even thought it is clearly a religious book (on a subject that you would not expect someone that wasn't religious to read), there is a section for getting Saved including a version of "The Sinner's Prayer".  This is referred/hyper-linked  to in multiple places later in the book as well, just in case.  All bible quotes are also in the King James Version, (as we all know that God only speaks in Elizabethan English.)
Besides those things the main idea of the book is about being a good steward of all the things that God has given you.  With the main emphasizes being on non-money parts of stewardship.    This book was written from notes that the author made when on a forced vacation after almost working himself to death, so includes notes both on the importance of doing things and not over doing things.  And it also uses many examples from the author's personal life, the Bible, and well known historic people.