All posts in "Annotated Bibliography"
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Know Doubt

By Dave Henning / January 23, 2012

(Zondervan, 2008) John Ortberg introduces Know Doubt (previously titled Faith and Doubt) by emphasizing that “when we take seriously the reality of faith and doubt, the most important word in the phrase is the one in the middle.  While faith and doubt often are considered mutually exclusive terms, philosopher Michael Novak suggests that doubt is […]

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How to Handle Adversity

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2011

How to Handle Adversity (Thomas Nelson, 1989) In his introduction to this book, Dr. Charles Stanley tells us that adversity is handled in one of two ways- either people are committed to the process of spiritual maturity and growth or they put themselves in what the author calls a “spiritual coma”, unable to change their […]

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True Courage

By Dave Henning / November 22, 2011

True Courage (David C. Cook, 2011) Author Steve Farrar bases this book on the Biblical Book of Daniel, specifically the true courage Daniel displayed in every criswis he faced.  The bedrock of Daniel’s true courage was that he knew God rather than merely of His existence. True Courage has two unique traits: (1) it enables […]

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Trusting God

By Dave Henning / November 1, 2011

Trusting God (Navpress, 2008) Author Jerry Bridges introduces his expository Bible study on the sovereignty of God with one question requiring a two-fold answer from the reader: “Can you trust God?”  In other words, is God dependable (worth of trust) during times of adversity and do you have a strong relationship with God so that you […]

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Second Guessing God

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2011

Second Guessing God (Standard Publishing, 2006) Brian Jones begins his book with a foundational quote from Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) in which the philosopher states that authentic belief in God consists of a passionate heart mixed with anguish, uncertainty, doubt, and despair.  Without those elements, one simply believes in the idea of God.  In […]

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The Upside of Adversity

By Dave Henning / September 30, 2011

The Upside of Adversity (Regal Books, 2006) Os Hillman thought he had it all.  Operating his own 10-employee advertising agency  as a Christian witness, he became nearly financially independent by the age of 42.  Os and his wife had just purchased a 13-acre estate and were drawing up plans for their dream home.  Shortly after […]

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Putting Your Past in Its Place

By Dave Henning / September 7, 2011

Putting Your Past in Its Place (Harvest House Publishers, 2011) In Putting Your Past in Its Place, Dr. Stephen Viars draws on more than 20 years of ministry as a pastor and biblical counselor to address the role that the past plays in one’s present-day life and craft an appropriate response founded on God’s authoritative, […]

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The Adversity Advantage

By Dave Henning / August 22, 2011

The Adversity Advantage (Simon & Schuster, 2010) This book is co-authored by Paul Stoltz, Ph.D and Erik Weihenmeyer.  Dr. Stoltz has spent decades studying adversity and is the creator of the Adversity Quotient, a measure of one’s posture with respect to adversity.  At the center of  one’s AQ is the CORE (Control-Ownership-Reach-Endurance).  Erik Weihenmeyer bacame totally […]

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The Blessing of Adversity

By Dave Henning / July 18, 2011

The Blessing of Adversity ((Tyndale, 2011) Barry C. Black grew up in Baltimore’s inner city, the son of a self-sacrificing, prayer warrior mother and an alcoholic father.  At the age of 8, his mother brought home a thick, old record album containing two sermons of Peter Marshall, chaplain of the U. S. Senate from  1947 […]

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Jesus Calling

By Dave Henning / July 18, 2011

Jesus Calling (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2010) The 365 devotions in this book are the result of personal messages author Sarah Young received from God as she listened to God and meditated on Him while sitting quietly in His presence.  In the Introduction, the author emphatically states that the “Bible is, of course, the only inerrant […]

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The Land Between

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2011

The Land Between (Zondervan, 2010) Author Jeff Manion uses the Biblical account of the Children of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness as a metaphor for being in an undesired, transitional space.  He explores ways in which the Israelites’ reactions provide examples on how we should respond (or in many cases, not respond) to our own […]

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Learned Optimism

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2011

Learned Optimism (Vintage, 2006) One of the consequences of the synodical call process is an inherent learned helplessness.  In our synodical culture, unlike the secular world, it is not considered proper to aggressively seek employment.  When an individual exhibits learned helplessness, problems are viewed as personal, pervasive and permanent.  Good things, in contrast, are seen […]

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