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(Review) The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson

Publication Date: 2012.
Publisher: Crossway.
Genre: Nonfiction, Gospel, grace.
Pages: 240.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

"soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)"

My Thoughts:
I feel The Explicit Gospel is an important book, because it explains what the Gospel is and what it is not. Further, it explains the human heart of idolatry, our need to worship something or someone, it's handicap all humans have in wanting to worship self. The book also explains God's grace and the glory of His name. Chandler explains the search for peace and looking for it in places and in things that are not lasting. God is our peace, our shalom. Sin, the cross, reconciliation, and a changed heart are other points explored in the book.
Over-all, The Explicit Gospel is a top-notch must read book.

The message of the book is direct:
From beginning to end, the Scriptures reveal that the foremost desire of God's heart is not our salvation but rather the glory of his own n…

Christmas Day

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people, For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Luke 2:8-14. NKJV.

Merry Christmas!

When I was a child growing up, Christmas was just not Christmas unless we'd listened to Perry Como and The Story of the First Christmas.

(Review) The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen by Sinclair B. Ferguson

Publication Date: 2014.
Publisher: Reformation Trust.
Genre: Nonfiction, biography, Trinitarian theology.
Pages: 140.
Source: I won a giveaway copy.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Christian Book

The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen is apart of a series of books in A Long Line of Godly Men Profile. Examples of other great men profiled are John Knox, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale. This Goodreads link will show the listing of further books in this series. An additional link from the Ligonier website shows the complete list.

John Owen was born in 1616 and died in 1683. The year of his birth William Shakespeare died. James I was the reigning monarch at his birth. Owen lived through a tumultuous period in British history: the era of Charles I, the Commonwealth, the Protectorate, and Charles II. I state these facts because I love British history. I'm thankful John Owen survived, by the grace of God, to preach and teach and leave a strong legacy.
Sinclair B. Ferguson h…

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(Review) Breaking Free: Making Liberty in Christ A Reality In Life by Beth Moore with Dale McCleskey

Publication Date: 2000.
Publisher: Broadman and Holman.
Genre: Nonfiction, strongholds, oppression, Isaiah 61, painful memories, sexual abuse.
Pages: 289.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

I have read and heard Beth Moore mention Breaking Free, "had been one of the most difficult books" she'd written. It is difficult because of her own painful memories of abuse.
Breaking Free's main theme is liberty in Christ Jesus. Liberty from strongholds and oppression, specifically directed at those who have been victimized through sexual abuse.
Breaking Free's main focal passage from the Bible---

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide fo…