The good folks at Bethany House Publishers have recently sent me a number of new books to check out. While I cannot fully review all of them I wanted to provide a brief overview to help you decide whether or not these are books you should get or might be interested in.

Becoming a Disciple Making Church by Neil T. AndersonPastor, teacher, writer, and lifetime student Neil T. Anderson has written a new book connecting his previous books work with discipleship in the church. Anderson has written extensively on topics like addictions, depression, spiritual warfare, and other counseling issues. In this new book, Becoming a Disciple Making Church: A Proven Method for Growing Spiritually Mature Christians, Anderson condenses much of his other books and applies them to discipleship. If you love Anderson’s previous books then you will love this one. If you, like me, have been more reserved in using his books this book might not be for you. However, as someone who has not been a fan of some of Anderson’s underlying principles for spiritual growth and being free from sin, I did find a number of things in the book helpful as they relate to discipleship.

 

 

 

Do you notice that when you know better the needs of your churches missionaries that you feel more empowered to pray for them? But, when you An Insider's Guide to Praying for the World by Brian Stillertry to pray for general needs in other countries you can feel lost in prayer. The same prayer an apply to so many places that it can feel canned. If you want to pray better and more specifically for the needs in other countries then An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World by Brian C. Stiller is for you. Stiller is the Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance. Having traveled extensively all over the world for over 30 years, Stiller has a unique pulse on the missionary needs of so many countries. This book is a guide to praying better for countries like Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Columbia, Korea, and Nepal. Each chapter is short and gives helpful prayer information specific to each country. This is a must have for all Christians who want to regularly pray for missions around the world.

 

 

 

Delighting in God by TozerA. W. Tozer’s book, The Knowledge of the Holy, is a Christian classic. It has served to enrich and deepen Christians lives as they grow closer to God through a better understanding of the attributes of God. While it was the last book Tozer wrote, it was not the last book he intended to write. He wanted to write a follow-up book dealing with the attributes of God in a more devotional fashion. He did not get to do that. However, James L. Snyder, authority on the life of Tozer, has compiled a number of Tozer’s writings and sermons on this very topic and put them into book form under the title Delighting in God. The essential message Snyder tries to get across through Tozer’s writings in this book is that a person’s passion for God will determine their lifestyle. This book is classic Tozer and as such you will put it down challenged whether or not you agree with everything he says.

 

 

One of the greatest areas of growth in the publishing industry is that of apologetics. There are so many good books on every subject and many of themGod You Thoight You Knew by McFarland are written at a number of levels of reading, from beginner to more advanced. Author, speaker, and apologist Alex McFarland has recently written The God You Thought You Knew: Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity. In this book McFarland seeks to correct ten myths that are perpetuated by non-Christians about the Christian faith. This is a very readable book in which McFarland weaves the personal struggles he had with the Christian faith throughout the book. While some readers will not agree with all of the responses McFarland gives in response to the myths, there is still a lot to benefit from in this book.

 

 

 

I received these books for free from Bethany House for these reviews. 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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