Book Review - Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Image of Athanasius (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
by Simonetta Carr
Reformation Heritage Books 2011
Hardcover 64

If you haven’t stumbled across Simonetta Carr’s excellent set of “Christian Biographies for Young Readers,” you and your children are missing out. Each of the six titles in the series are beautifully illustrated, historically accurate, age-appropriate biographies for upper elementary-aged children. In the last couple years I have reviewed three of the titles and wanted to share about them here for our readers.


Athansius is one of the most important early Christian leaders, perhaps the only one with a Creed named after him. But like many Christian young people, I grew up without learning much about him at all.

Simonetta Carr hopes to remedy this problem through her latest addition to the “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” series from Reformation Heritage Books. In Athanasius, Carr gives young readers a vivid account of Athanasius’ life. Complete with beautiful illustrations from Matt Abraxas, the book also includes a timeline, maps and lots of background facts about the time period of Athanasius’ life. Read more about Book Review - Christian Biographies for Young Readers

Book Review - Interpreting the Pauline Letters

The life of a pastor is busy. Hectic may be a better word. And in the 21st Century, the pace of life has quickened for everyone, while the expectations for what a pastor must do have only increased. Fortunately, there are an abundance of books and resources designed to give the pastor or teacher a helping hand. Interpreting the Pauline Letters by John D. Harvey, will prove not only helpful but indispensable in the study of the Pauline Epistles.

The book is an exegetical handbook designed to prepare the pastor, teacher or student for an intensive study through Paul’s letters. But it doesn’t stop there. Harvey’s intent is not merely to educate about the historical background of these treasured NT epistles. He aims to facilitate a pastoral application of the Word for today’s hearers. To that end, the book includes a section on how to craft an expositional sermon as well as two examples where Harvey walks through all the steps in preparing a sermon on a text from one of Paul’s letters. Read more about Book Review - Interpreting the Pauline Letters

Book Review - Is God anti-gay?

Image of Is God anti-gay? (Questions Christians Ask)
by Sam Allberry
The Good Book Company 2013
Paperback 88

We need to love them more than their gay friends do, and we need to love them more than they love their homosexuality. Only then can we point to the greater love that God has for them” (p. 73).

It is by far agreed that homosexuality is the defining issue of the day for the church. If you have an internet presence with a blog you are discussing it, and if you don’t then you are certainly reading about it. And if you can stomach it, you can watch or listen to endless commentary on news media outlets and the radio. With a host of pastors, bloggers, counselors and theologians also weighing in on the discussion, it is pretty easy to see that most of the evangelicals commenting on this issue are not homosexual themselves. They are discussing the issue from the outside looking in, as it pertains to the activity of homosexuality. Read more about Book Review - Is God anti-gay?

Book Review - Discovering the City of Sodom

Any book with the title Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City promises to be a sensational read. But a book about discovering the biblical city of Sodom must surely be just another crackpot’s wild theory, right? Wrong. Dr. Steven Collins is a veteran archeologist and he has plenty to say against the crackpots and misguided adventurers whose escapades in the Middle East pose as archeological discoveries. And while his claim that Sodom has been found is controversial, he does his best not to be overly sensational and claim more than the evidence warrants. Collins is not without his skeptics, but the case he builds, I believe, is painstakingly thorough, and in the end convincing. Read more about Book Review - Discovering the City of Sodom

Free Kindle Books at SharperIron

From time to time, Sharperiron has provided links to free e-book resources via the Filings sidebar. One of the issues that the site ran into was that Filing links tended to get buried quickly as new stories were aggregated and that it became difficult to maintain a centralized location of all the available resources. Several site readers asked if there was a better way to keep track.

Well, your requests were heard.

Starting today, the “Featured Discussion” forum will have a new, stickified thread titled “Free E-book resources.” We decided that the best way to manage the flow of information in regards to the free ebook resources was to segregate all the data into a specific forum and then make it so that a few SI users would be able to administer that thread, rather than having a large, ongoing thread with discussion of what resources are available, when they’re available, the merits of each resource, and other issues.

So, please send your free ebook resource links to me via PM, and I’ll post them as they become available. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind: Read more about Free Kindle Books at SharperIron

Book Review - Biblical Essays

Image of Biblical Essays (1904)
by J. B. Lightfoot
Book Jungle 2006
Paperback 480

Reprinted with permission from As I See It, which is available free by writing to the editor at

Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828-1889) was the pre-eminent authority on the writings of Paul in the 19th-century English-speaking world and has few equals and no superior in any age on this subject matter.  He was a staunchly conservative and orthodox member of the Church of England, Hulsean Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University (where his lectures became the basis for his published commentaries on Paul’s letters), later Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity (also at Cambridge), and ultimately Bishop of Durham.  Lightfoot was well-versed in classical literature, both Greek and Latin, as well as Christian patristic literature (he was the recognized world-expert on the Apostolic Fathers).  Read more about Book Review - Biblical Essays

Book Review - Slave of Christ by Murray Harris

Paul begins his letter to the Romans by identifying himself: “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ”—at least, this is how it is translated in the King James, English Standard, American Standard, Revised Standard, and New International versions. The New King James Version translates it this way, “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ,” while the Holman Christian Standard Bible and New Living Translation say, “Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus.” This translation difference can be seen in most instances of the English translation of the Greek word doulos, used 126 times in the Greek New Testament. Read more about Book Review - Slave of Christ by Murray Harris