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"The Enemy Within" by Kris Lundgaard

posted Jun 17, 2017, 7:21 AM by Kelly Griffin

Lundgaard’s life was changed by reading two Puritan classics by John Owens: Indwelling Sin in Believers and The Mortification of Sin. Knowing that few “moderns” would spend the time necessary to labor through those volumes, Lundgaard wrote a superb summary. Answers questions like what is indwelling sin? Why is it so powerful? What are its tactics? How can it be
defeated? If you’ve ever wondered why the struggle got worse after you came to faith in Christ, this will help you understand – and overcome. Easy to read and absorb, yet profound and lifechanging.

"The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to Men" by Richard D. Phillips

posted Apr 23, 2017, 3:17 PM by Kelly Griffin

This excellent book divides into two parts: understanding our mandate and living our mandate. The first deals with defining masculinity from a biblical perspective. The second part deals with how that definition applies in various areas of life: marriage, family, children, the church and working with others. Grounded in Scripture and challenging in content, I highly recommend this book for anyone who sincerely wants to be a man of God.

"Overplayed: A Parent's Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports" by David King and Margot Starbuck

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM by Kelly Griffin   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 1:53 PM ]

If you’ve ever wrestled with trying to bring order out of the chaos of competing priorities having to do with kids and sports, you will appreciate this balanced book. This is not an anti-sports book. One of the authors has coached at high school and college level and is currently Director of Athletics at a college. But the book does recognize the excesses of modern youth athletics and
addresses them from a biblical and common sense perspective. 

I promise you will learn a lot about yourself and about your kids. You will find many helpful suggestions and a lot of food for
thought in this guide. High school athletes will find it interesting as well. The book addresses seven myths perpetrated by a sports-crazed culture that thoughtful and conscientious parents need to consider:

1. Because we owe our children every opportunity, we can’t say No to youth sports.

2. My child deserves to play with the most-skilled players.

3. My child should specialize in one sport.

4. There’s no harm in participating in youth sports.

5. Youth sports instill our family’s values.

6. Good parents attend all their children’s games.

7. The money we are investing into youth sports will pay off.

A final section deals with how to talk to kids about sports. You may not agree with everything; but you will find much helpful information here. Highly recommended.

"Justice Revealed" by Jim McNeff

posted Nov 15, 2016, 12:50 PM by Kelly Griffin

If you enjoyed Jim’s first book, The Spirit Behind Badge 145, you will enjoy this one as well. It 
is a series of 44 devotionals utilizing police experience and biblical truth to inform and inspire. 

"Love Kindness" by Barry H. Corey

posted Oct 10, 2016, 1:59 PM by Kelly Griffin

Barry Correy has been president of Biola University in CA for the past ten years. This semi-autobiographical book captures much of his character as he argues biblically for toning down the rhetoric in legitimate internal or external disputes – and correctly assessing when there is not legitimate cause for dispute. It covers how to address many of the societal ills that reflect an anti-biblical and anti-Christian perspective. But there is also much here to help with relationships of all kinds – parent/child, husband/wife, believer/unbeliever and even believer/believer. It is an enjoyable and helpful corrective.

"Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today" by Robert Jeffress

posted Sep 5, 2016, 1:47 PM by Kelly Griffin

This is a great book to give you an overview of what the Bible teaches about future things. It is written in an easy-to-read style and explains appropriate theological terms with clarity and helpful diagrams. Follow the scriptural references and it will help build your knowledge of what God would like us to know about our future.

"If You Bite and Devour One Another: Biblical Principles for Handling Conflict" by Alexander Strauch

posted Aug 8, 2016, 6:00 PM by Kelly Griffin   [ updated Mar 13, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

While this book is aimed particularly at how to avoid and handle conflict in the church body, it is equally helpful in providing principles for handling conflict in any area of life. The principles are biblical; the instruction is clear, logical and understandable; and the illustrations are very helpful. This would even be helpful for dealing with conflict within families. 

"King Solomon: the Temptations of Money, Sex and Power" by Philip Ryken

posted Aug 8, 2016, 5:59 PM by Kelly Griffin

This book is a fine study of the life of King Solomon with great background information and application. Ryken, former pastor of the Tenth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and now president of Wheaton College, writes with great clarity and interest. His pastor’s heart shows on every page. Great book for late high school and college students as well as adults.

"Tell the Truth" by Will Metzger

posted Aug 8, 2016, 5:58 PM by Kelly Griffin

If you are serious about sharing your faith with your friends, neighbors, relatives, and acquaintances, this is a wonderful book to help prepare you. It is not another guilt trip. But it shows how the whole gospel meets the needs of the whole person and needs to be communicated by both lifestyle and words. It will help you know how to communicate effectively without fear, but with reliance on the Holy Spirit. An excellent resource for sharing one’s faith.

"Not All Roads Lead to Heaven" by Robert Jeffress

posted Aug 8, 2016, 5:57 PM by Kelly Griffin

Postmodern culture increasingly assures that there is no such thing as absolute truth, that there are multiple ways to God and that intolerance is the greatest evil. Robert Jeffress does a masterful job of addressing these and many other issues. This book is filled with illustrations that will help you talk to your friends. It is thoroughly biblical, easily understood and relevant to our age. It will strengthen your faith, increase your compassion and equip you for service.  

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