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"Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion" by Os Guinness

posted Jul 15, 2018, 2:03 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian PersuasionThis book is not for everyone, but for anyone who enjoys a well-structured, deeper literary and theological approach to sharing the gospel, this book is a treasure. Guinness urges that we can better share our faith if we know and love the person(s) with whom we share, sharpen our skills of persuasion and use techniques that take by surprise rather than hit head on – things such as skillful use of question and storytelling, for example. Very helpful.

"Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting" by Dave Furman

posted Jul 1, 2018, 1:39 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are HurtingDave Furman is a pastor who suddenly and unexplainedly developed chronic, disabling, excruciating pain in his arms and hands – no cure. This book includes outstanding insights on God’s perspective on such situations, how to deal with them, and how to help others. Particularly helpful is a chapter on what not to do – and a chapter by Dave’s wife on dealing with an impossible human situation. 

"Knowing God" by J. I. Packer

posted Jun 25, 2018, 12:42 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Knowing God Study GuideThis was a recommended book many years ago that I recently re-read and want to emphasize again. This is an outstanding book that is on everyone’s list of most important books of the 20th century. And Packer is certainly among the top theologians for that time. Knowing God is a wonderful mix of theology and devotion. It clearly and carefully reflects what the Bible teaches about God, but also leads us to explore and enjoy a relationship with God. All chapters are excellent. The one on “adoption” is particularly insightful and stirring. Highly recommended.

"Men of the Word: Insights for Life from Men Who Walked With God" edited by Nathan Busenitz

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:46 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Men of the Word: Insights for Life from Men Who Walked with GodThis book includes 15 chapters on various men of the Bible – each aimed at developing a particular Christian virtue. Easy to read and follow. Excellent resource for private devotions – especially aimed at guys from high school and up. 

"Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Sceptical" by Timothy Keller

posted Jun 4, 2018, 10:40 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the SkepticalThis is an outstanding work, along the lines of C. S. Lewis’ writings, demonstrating the universal need for worship, several human experiences which do not lend themselves to secular explanations, and a final appeal to the Christian faith as the most reasonable explanation for life as we find it. Excellent to helping affirm the faith of a believer – and particularly aimed at challenging skeptics to examine the basis of their beliefs. 

"Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us From Try-Harder Christianity Into Performance-Free Love" by Bryan Loritts

posted May 16, 2018, 2:57 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free LoveUsing the book of Matthew as his primary resource, Loritts shows that our natural tendency to ingratiate ourselves to God by our own efforts is exactly the opposite of the message of Jesus. Grace is the answer – the only answer. Good works are not irrelevant, but are important as the fruit of saving faith not as the source of salvation. Some fine insights into well-known parables.   

"Living Life Backwards: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us To Live In Light of the End" by David Gibson

posted May 4, 2018, 10:41 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the EndIf you’ve never studied Ecclesiastes, I would urge you to get a copy of this little, easy to read, book and do your own study. It shows how facing the reality of death, rather than ignoring or denying the inevitable, teaches how to really live and enjoy life now. A challenging, enjoyable and refreshing book.   

"When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment" by Ryan Anderson

posted Apr 27, 2018, 2:00 PM by Fccea Webmaster

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender MomentAlthough written from a secular perspective, this book provides a forceful, common-sense, medically authenticated response to the movement that is now sweeping society. With compassion, Anderson shows why the arguments in favor of the movement are not sustainable, speaks to what is going on currently and what an appropriate response would be. Very informative and credible.  

"Why the Reformation Still Matters" by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

posted Apr 14, 2018, 9:41 AM by Fccea Webmaster

Why the Reformation Still MattersThis excellent little book delves into 11 issues that drove the Reformation, shows with clarity and precision how the Reformers differed from the Roman Catholic church, and demonstrates that the issues are just as relevant today as they were then. Very helpful for anyone wanting to understand why a Reformation was needed, what drove it and why the issues still matter. Also – an excellent and very understandable presentation of the differences between Roman Catholic theology and orthodox Protestant theology. 

"Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours" by Pat Williams and Jim Denney

posted Apr 2, 2018, 4:17 PM by Fccea Webmaster

Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change YoursIf you want to know what drove the man who has been called the most successful coach ever in any sport, this will be an eye-opening book. It illustrates clearly the impact of a Godly father; demonstrates that you don’t have to be a jerk to be highly successful in a highly competitive environment, and will, I guarantee you, challenge you to make changes in some area of your life. It did me. Great for young people as well. 

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