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Gods at War

By Dave Henning / July 8, 2013

Gods at War (Zondervan, 2013) Author Kyle Idleman is Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.  Gods at War is his second book, preceded by the best-selling Not a Fan.  Pastor Idleman begins Gods at War by noting that there are a thousand or so references to idolatry in the Bible.  In contrast […]


What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2013

What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? (Freeman-Smith, 2012) What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? is a devotional written by singer/songwriter Laura Story that is based on her Grammy Award-winning song “Blessings”.  The song chronicles her journey toward redefining the blessings in her own life.  When Laura’s husband Martin  was diagnosed with a brain […]


Every Good Endeavor

By Dave Henning / May 18, 2013

Every Good Endeavor (Dutton, 2012) Timothy Keller begins Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by asserting the importance of recovering the idea of vocation- that all human work is not merely a job, but a calling in which we share God’s providential love with others as “the fingers of God”.  Pastor Keller […]


God is Closer Than You Think

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2013

God is Closer Than You Think (Zondervan, 2005) Pastor John Ortberg’s premise in writing God is Closer Than You Think is that the story of the Bible primarily is about God’s desire to be with people.  The author notes that the Bible’s most frequent promise is “I will be with you.”  God becomes a living […]


One Thousand Gifts

By Dave Henning / February 4, 2013

One Thousand Gifts (Zondervan, 2010) Ann Voskamp’s contemplative and thought-provoking book One Thousand Gifts chronicles her e-mail challenge from a friend to write a list of 1,000 things she loved, a quest which would enable her to view the totality of her life through the gaze of her seeing inner soul’s eyes upon a saving […]


The Power of a Whisper

By Dave Henning / December 28, 2012

Author Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL.  Bill’s first whisper came to him while in 2nd grade, after listening to his teacher read the Old Testament account of Samuel and Eli(1 Samuel 3).  His teacher then gave him a poem entitled “Samuel”, in which […]


Glorious Ruin

By Dave Henning / December 2, 2012

Glorious Ruin (David C. Cook, 2012) Author Tullian Tchividjian (cha-vi-jin) currently is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, succeeding the late D. James Kennedy, and the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham.  Pastor Tchividjian’s expressed sincere hope for Glorious Ruin is “to explore how the reality of human suffering, in all its forms, might relate to the […]


The Life You’ve Always Wanted

By Dave Henning / November 20, 2012

The Life You’ve Always Wanted-Expanded Edition (Zondervan, 2002) John Ortberg’s stated goal of The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People is to help us grow spiritually.  Yet it is important to realize that “spiritual life” is not just one more compartmentalized aspect of our existence.  “Spiritual life”  refers to every moment and […]


In the Eye of the Storm

By Dave Henning / October 17, 2012

In the Eye of the Storm (Thomas Nelson, 1991) Comparing storms that stir up the Sea of Galilee with little or no warning to the adversities that devastate our lives, author Max Lucado states that such storms create doubts, questions and demands.  As a result, we lose our joy and our song.  When God, in […]


King’s Cross

By Dave Henning / October 3, 2012

King’s Cross (Dutton, 2011) Author Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and the man Newsweek Magazine has called a “C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century”.  Pastor Keller’s stated purpose in writing the book is “to try to show, through his (Jesus’) words and actions, how beautifully his life […]


Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2012

Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There (Howard Books, 2009) The title of Ruth Graham’s book is taken from a framed print belonging to the author’s mother.  When Ruth received the print from her mother during a particularly unsettling time in her (Ruth’s) life, it provided momentary clarity to Ruth’s situation.  However, maintaining hope and […]



By Dave Henning / August 28, 2012

Fearless (Thomas Nelson, 2009) Early in his book Fearless, author Max Lucado concisely establishes the premise for his discussion of fear: “The promise of Christ and the contention of this book is simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.” Fear is not willing to share our heart with happiness.  When fear moves […]

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