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(Review) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

I'm amused to read book reviews where people try and explain why they did not like a book that's won book awards and has been cherished by so many other readers. They stumble over words in apology. It really is okay to not like a book that other readers have loved. It really is okay to not like a book that's won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Marilynne Robinson wrote Housekeeping in 1980. I've not read this book nor any of her other books. She has since written Home, published in 2008, and Lila, published in 2014. Robinson has written four nonfiction books: When I Was A Child I Read BooksThe Death of AdamAbsence of Mind, and Mother Country.
Publication Date: 2004.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
Genre: Fiction, epistolary.
Pages: 247.
Source: library.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

Epistolary novel-written as a sequence of documents, similar to a letter. For a full definition see Wikipedia. 

An aging pastor named John Ames has written a lengthy letter…

(Review) The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

This is a re-read. I first read and reviewed The Pursuit of Holiness in 2010. Link for review:
The Pursuit of Holiness. 

Publication Date: 2006.
Publisher: Navpress
Genre: Nonfiction, holiness.
Pages: 160.
Source: self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


"As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" 1 Peter 1:14-16, NIV. 
God is holy. God expects His children to be holy. But how can this be accomplished. What does holiness look like? How is it lived out? Are we not human and thus sin?
Jerry Bridges states the theme of God's people are to be holy. He explains what the Scripture states about holiness, our attitude and motives towards holiness, God's holiness, the Holy Spirit's work in holiness, changing our minds through God's Word, and reshaping our will to God'…

(Review) Truly Free: Breaking The Snares That So Easily Entangle by Robert Morris

Publication Date: May 12, 2015.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson.
Genre: Nonfiction, Strongholds.
Pages: 240.
Source: Free hardback copy from BookLook Bloggers, Thomas Nelson Publishing, in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multi-campus church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 36,000 active members. He is featured on the weekly television program, The Blessed Life, and serves as Chairman of the Board of The King’s University. He is the bestselling author of eleven books including The Blessed LifeFrom Dream to DestinyThe God I Never Knew and The Blessed Church. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have been married 35 years and are blessed with one married daughter, two married sons and six grandchildren. You can follow Robert @ Robert Morris Senior Pastor at Gateway Church. Robert Morris…

(Review) Comforts From Romans by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick

Publication Date: January 31, 2013.
Publisher: Crossway.
Genre: Nonfiction, Romans.
Pages: 160.
Source: Purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Elyse Fitzpatrick's website 
Elyse wrote on her Facebook page she was not going to be active on her page, but no reason was given and no other explanation. Her website is not an active website (the dates of speaking events are current) and comments are turned off.

A devotional on the first eight chapters of Romans. Included in the book is Fitzpatrick's testimony, located in the Appendix Two section. The Appendix One section is the eighth chapter of Romans from the ESV translation.

My Thoughts:
I had this devotional book in my Kindle for a while, I made the time this week to read the book.
Romans and John are my favorite NT books. I love all of the NT, but a few of them stand-out as favorites. Chapter eight of Romans is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I believe an entire devotional book could be d…

(Review) Newton on the Christian Life: To Live is Christ by Tony Reinke

Publication Date: May 31, 2015.
Publisher: Crossway.
Genre: Nonfiction, John Newton's letters, brief biography.
Pages: 288.
Source: Free ebook from Crossway in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.


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I'd sang "Amazing Grace" many times before knowing the story of the author who'd written the hymn. John Newton had worked on several slave ships, also holding the office of captain. In 1747, and during a storm at sea, he cried out to the Lord. As a child he'd been introduced to the teachings of Jesus by his mother; but John Newton was a hardened, prideful, arrogant, and immoral man. After the storm experience at sea, Newton continued to work on slave ships but tried to harness the abuse of slaves. He left the sea in 1755, later becoming an ordained pastor in the town of Olney, England.
Newton on the Christian Life is a study of his "personal letters." A total of "500 letters written and published during hi…

(Review) Utmost Classic Readings and Prayers from Oswald Chambers

Publication Date: August 1, 2012.
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers.
Genre: Nonfiction, devotional.
Pages: 112.
Source: Free copy from Discovery House Publishers. I chose to read and review the book.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

$3.99 @ Amazon

Bio @ Wikipedia. 

Oswald Chambers Publication Association.

My Utmost For His Highest, Our Daily Bread website devoted to this classic.

Oswald Chambers biography, from Our Daily Bread.

Oswald Chambers was a Scottish Baptist pastor. He was born in 1874, and died from complications after an appendectomy in 1917. He was a chaplain to British soldiers in Egypt during World War I.

Utmost Classic Readings and Prayers is a 90 day devotional. The devotionals cover topics such as yielding to God, the "call to serve," worry, loneliness, suffering, what it means to be a disciple, testing of our faith, and the salvation experience.

My Thoughts:
I have enjoyed reading this devotional. Often the day's reading is just what I needed to h…

Knowing the Bible Series by Crossway

26 studies in the Knowing the Bible series.

Spotlight on one of the Bible studies---Romans.

The Romans study by Jared Wilson. The link will also give an excerpt.