All posts in "Annotated Bibliography"

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 […]


The Necessity of an Enemy

By Dave Henning / August 15, 2012

The Necessity of an Enemy (WaterBrook Press, 2012) Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. begins The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face is Your Best Opportunity by asserting that God not only causes you to triumph over adversity, but positions you for your greatest moment.  Specifically,God often assigns enemies as a catalyst for you […]


Getting Rid of the Gorilla

By Dave Henning / July 15, 2012

 Getting Rid of the Gorilla (Standard Publishing, 2008) Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive is Brian Jones’ second book, following Second Guessing God.  Written in Brian’s unique style, this book is a frank and honest discussion of the author’s own lengthy battles with anger and rage.  Brian intersperses his account […]


Forgiving the Unforgivable

By Dave Henning / July 2, 2012

 Forgiving the Unforgivable Regal Books, 2003) Dr. David Stoops begins this book with these words: “Forgiveness doesn’t come naturally to anyone.”  Forgiveness doesn’t come naturally, the author states, because our thought processes cannot comprehend why we need to forgive when we’re the ones who have been injured.  In addition, forgiveness creates an internal conflict because […]


Let It Go

By Dave Henning / June 2, 2012

 Let It Go (Atria Books, 2012) I believe Bishop T. D. Jakes would agree with Dr. Stephen Viars (Putting Your Past in Its Place) that we need to turn our past struggles into stepping stones for growth in order to move toward healing and hope. In Let It Go,  Bishop Jakes states that our fixation […]


When Life’s Not Working

By Dave Henning / April 27, 2012

When Life’s Not Working (Baker Books, 2011) No one is immune from adversity.  So author Bob Merritt asserts that we face 2 options- the hard life or the harder life.  Essentially life comes down to people, and our choices must be fused to our relationships. In Part I, Bob establishes the foundations necessary for the […]


If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat

By Dave Henning / April 11, 2012

If You Want to Walk on Water . . . (Zondervan, 2001) John Ortberg’s book is based on Matthew 14: 25-32, when Peter waited for Jesus’ command before he walked on water to meet Jesus.  The author states that Matthew’s account is not just a story about taking risks, but primarily is a story of […]

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