Category Archive: Book Reviews

  1. Bonhoeffer

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    By Eric Metaxas


    Read a sample of: Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich


    As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author.

    In this New York Times best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes both strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and draws them together to tell a searing story of incredible moral courage in the face of monstrous evil.

    Metaxas presents the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching decision to leave the safe haven of America to return to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new light on Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the famous Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the effort to smuggle Jews into neutral Switzerland.


  2. The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

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    LeadershipSecretsBillyGrahamBy Harold Myra & Marshall Shelley


    Read a sample of: The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham

    A behind-the-scenes analysis of 21 essential leadership principles from the life of Billy Graham. Billy Graham looms large as one of the twentieth century’s most influential and innovative leaders. Most people are unaware of his remarkable effectiveness as not only preacher and pastor, but as a CEO and a global leader as well.

    The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham is full of transferable applications for leaders in the church, parachurch, academia, government, and business. Lively interviews with his closest associates illustrate 21 principles that have driven six decades of visionary impact.

    First-hand accounts reveal stories of courageous leadership and growth through painful lessons. Graham’s relentless application of core beliefs and leadership principles have resulted in, among many honors, being listed in Gallup’s ten ‘most admired men’ thirty times, more than anyone else. Time magazine named him one of the top ten leaders of the twentieth century.

    This book asks: How did this happen? What are the essentials he embraced to achieve such extraordinary results? What can we learn from him and apply to our own leadership roles? This book is dedicated to those readers who sense the pressing need in today’s world for inspired leadership. Who rise to leadership’s high calling and are willing to carry its weight. Who are determined to deepen and expand their capacities and effectiveness.


  3. Reinventing Your Board

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    ReinventingYourBoardBy John & Miriam Carver


    Read a sample of: Reinventing Your Board

    In the second edition of this best-selling Policy Governance operating manual, John Carver and Miriam Carver make this exciting approach to effective governance even more accessible and user-friendly, gleaning lessons learned in years of practice to help readers understand and use this invaluable model.

    Carver’s groundbreaking Policy Governance model is the best-known, respected, and talked about governance model in the world and has fundamentally influenced the way organizations are governed.

    Reinventing Your Board, second edition, is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that puts the model to work in the meeting-to-meeting lives of board members. It includes new policy samples and a new chapter on monitoring performance, as well as other practical “put-the-model-in-motion” advice.

    This popular and highly successful companion to Boards That Make a Difference contains the nuts-and-bolts materials needed for implementing Policy Governance. The authors illustrate effective board decision making, show how to craft useful policies, and offer practical advice on such matters as setting the agenda, monitoring CEO performance, defining the board role, and more. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a must-have resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors aiming to govern their organizations with excellence.


  4. John Carver on Board Leadership (John Carver w/ Sir Adrian Cadbury)

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    Read a sample of: John Carver on Board Leadership

    This one-stop board leadership resource, written by one of the world’s leading governance consultants and author of the bestselling Boards That Make a Difference, offers you a broad range of material including the best articles from the Board Leadership newsletter, articles from various publications, and previously unpublished short works.

    Each chapter has been carefully selected and arranged to provide you with a distillation of John Carver’s revolutionary Policy Governance model.

  5. All the Prayers of the Bible, (Herbert Lockyer)

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    Read a sample of: All the Prayers of the Bible, A Devotional and Expositional Classic

    ‘Through Prayer We Grasp Eternity’ All the Prayers of the Bible is no mere recital of well-worn phrases–it is an outpouring of the heart to God. The passion and beauty of prayer, to say nothing of its necessity and efficacy, are powerfully reflected in this remarkable devotional.

    Covering the vast sweep of biblical prayers, Dr. Herbert W. Lockyer not only summarizes them all, but also shows you what each book of the Bible reveals about prayer and its role in human life and history. A small sample of the kinds of prayer covered in this book includes:


    • Prayer in peril
    • Prayer and spiritual progress
    • Prayer without words
    • Prayer of fear
    • Prayer of gratitude
    • Prayer for understanding of affliction
    • Prayer as dialogue
    • Prayer of a grieved heart
    • Prayer of distress
    • Prayer for divine action

    Herbert W. Lockyer s ‘All’ books give you life-enriching insights into the Bible. From characters you can learn from, to teachings you can apply, to promises you can stand on and prophecies you can count on, Lockyer s time-honored works help you wrap your mind around the Bible and get it into your heart.

    Lockyer s books include All the Apostles of the Bible, All the Divine Names and Titles in the Bible, All the Doctrines of the Bible, All the Men of the Bible, All the Women of the Bible, All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible, All the Miracles of the Bible, All the Parables of the Bible, All the Prayers of the Bible, and All the Promises of the Bible.

  6. Draw the Circle, (Mark Batterson)

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    Read a sample of: Draw the Circle, The 40-Day Prayer Challenge

    Do you pray as often and as boldly as you want to? There is a way to experience a deeper, more passionate, persistent, and intimate prayer life. Drawing from forty days of true stories, Mark Batterson applies the principles of his New York Times bestselling book The Circle Maker to teach us a new way to pray.

    As thousands of readers quickly became many tens of thousands, true stories of miraculous and inspiring answers to prayer began to pour in, and as those stories were shared, others were bolstered in their faith to pray with even more boldness.

    In Draw the Circle, through forty true, faith-building stories of God’s answers to prayer, daily scriptures and prayer prompts, Batterson inspires you to pray and keep praying like never before. Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in Draw the Circle.

  7. The Circle Maker, (Mark Batterson)

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    Read a sample of: The Circle Maker, Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

    According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, ‘Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.’

    Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people.

    What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.

  8. God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, (Ray Comfort)

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    GodHasWonderfulPlanRead a sample of: God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, The Myth of the Modern Message

    Why do 9 out of 10 children raised in Christian homes leave the Church? Why do many professing Christians show little or no evidence for their faith? Why do 80-90% of those making decisions for Christ fall away from the faith?

    For decades, the world’s most popular gospel message has been drawing the lost by promising God’s wonderful plan for their life. But behind the facade of the “wonderful plan” message is the reality of the trials, temptation, and persecution that Jesus promised. How can we reconcile the two?

    In this life-changing book, best-selling author Ray Comfort explores whether this common gospel approach aligns with real life — and with Scripture. The vital biblical principles he reveals will force you to re-examine your ideas about the gospel — and will teach you how to reach unbelievers the way God intended. A must-read for all who care about the lost.

  9. Live to Tell, (Brad J. Kallenberg)

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    Read a sample of: Live To Tell, Evangelism for a Postmodern Age

    Book Review by Jim Firnstahl

    Professor Kallenberg (Religious Studies at the University of Dayton) wants us to understand that “evangelism has become a cross-cultural task.” Essentially we must learn to “sing the gospel story in a post-modern key.”

    This well written book helps Christians come to grips with this sub-culture status and offers practical ways to communicate and live the gospel in this environment. Practical for all Christian leaders in the church and marketplace.

  10. The NEXT Christians, (Gabe Lyons)

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    Read a sample of: The NEXT Christians, 7 Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World

    Book Review by Jim Firnstahl

    Gabe Lyons is the founder of Q and author of several books in this genre.

    In “Next Christians” Lyons asks us to acknowledge that in America, the Christian faith, which has long enjoyed mainstream status, is now that of a sub-culture; one of many influences on the culture. “Pluralism rather than Christianity now marks America’s public square.”

    The author believes this “new normal” demands a rethinking of our focus. Our Christian mission of living the Gospel in this reality requires us to become “restorers” of men and women and their society. Mr. Lyons offers “seven characteristics that will set the next Christians apart.”

    Insightful and helpful for Christian marketplace leaders.

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