Book Review – When I Don’t Desire God (Brian Yuen)

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Book Review:

When I Don’t Desire God

by John Piper

(1) Summary

This book written by John Piper is meant to be a follow-up to one of his previous books, Desiring God. Piper wrote this book is to respond to those who basically agree with what Piper was trying to say about Christian Hedonism, but also didn’t feel that genuine joy in following Christ. This is the reality of all Christians living in this world: we are so mired with our own sin that we fail to see the joy God wants us to have. Fortunately, we don’t have to be burdened with forging godly joy all by ourselves, because God is the one who gives it to us, as a privilege. However, we ourselves also need to wield the Word of God and prayer as a light in order to find our way through the darkness of sin, in order for this joy to reach us. Overtime, we hope to fully accept this notion of joy, where we don’t need to rely on worldly possessions as a crutch for joy, but in God Himself. In fact, we are called to die to the world, and live in Christ, as Phil. 1:21 says: “To live is Christ, and to die is gain.” The journey to God is not an easy one: it will be a fight, but a good fight. God commands us to be alongside Him on this winning side, and He is glorified when we are all satisfied in Him alone. God also wants us to experience Him rather than just thinking about Him, by actively desiring and delight in Him with our fullest emotions. Joy is not something that can simply be forged by following a checklist, as real joy tends to be spontaneous. However, to experience that spontaneous joy with God, we need discipline. Like in farming, God uses discipline as part of the process for us to reap the rewards of spontaneous joy (p.116). Thus, further in this book, it basically takes all the concepts of the last book Desiring God and puts them to practical use, in real-life scenarios. It lists of practical reasons to be reading the bible, to pray multiple times daily, and to use the world itself as a means to experience God’s gift to His creation.

(2) Interaction – What I liked (or didn’t like)

What I liked:

The second half of the book is probably what engaged me more, since it aims to improve what we already know and enhance our fight for joy, in practical ways. The subjects are of Bible Reading, Prayer, and the World. In terms of Bible Reading, the book came with several tips to read and memorize the bible, as well as a way to schedule how to do so, in small methodical steps, borrowed from Andrew Davis’s method. Piper emphasizes memorization because having verses on hand would be able to “solve a thousand problems before they happen”, “heal a thousand wounds after they happen”, and “kill a thousand sins in the moment of temptation” (p. 123). For Prayer, the IOUS method of prayer is especially helpful, since it is the central point of the book. Often, we don’t even know what we are praying for, and just blurt out the first thing that comes to our mind. The 4 steps are Incline, Open, Unite, Satisfy. Sometimes, the hardest part is always the first step, and in this case it is to be inclined to even start the prayer and listen to what God has to say to us in the first place. The World itself can also be used for our fight for joy as well, even when sometimes it may not seem like it. Piper mentions a lot of interesting philosophical concepts, such as joy in Christ not being identical with physical brain waves, but having an existence above material reality. For example, C. S. Lewis talks about listening to piano music, where different spiritual emotions can play on a same piano key. (p.179- 180) The last chapter is the one that brings the grand fight for joy back to reality. It deals with depression, that sometimes medicine is needed to alleviate pain, but it mentions that in order to eventually get out of it, we need to involve other people too. Also in the chapter, it reminds us that at the end of the day, serving God at 50% is still better than not serving at all, but we should still continue working towards
100%. So overall, the chapter serves as a nice encouragement to end the book off.

What I didn’t like:

Piper seems to be a very experienced reader, and he might make reading, especially the harder books, look a bit too easy. It’s one thing to read at a consistent speed as he recommends, but it is another thing to comprehend everything, especially spiritual concepts that are more abstract and often up to interpretation by the reader himself.
In the same vein as reading advanced material, memorizing entire bible books is definitely a huge step up for newer readers, especially those who don’t have the time to do so. Piper also seems to have a bias against the newer, younger writers of doctrinal books, and deeply favours the older doctrinal books from past generations and centuries. He seems to be of the opinion that most devotional books that the younger generation are enjoying are simply “feel-good” reads with  less substance. I think the method in which people get their supplemental material of God from doesn’t matter, as long as they are able to apply it in their daily lives. There are too many books in the world, and not enough time to read all of them, so indulge in what works for you, as long as you experience God at the end.

As a personal recommendation, it would be more helpful to list key verses all Christians should memorize, to help assist readers in getting his point across. The average person is not a scholar, and he will not be able to memorize a book, much less even a chapter, effortlessly.

(3) Would you recommend it or not, and to who?

Would recommend to:

This book is for people who understand the concept behind books like Desiring God and now want more practical ways to apply this knowledge. This would imply relatively advanced knowledge of the Bible and experience in reading Christian books. This would probably be more suited for people who have a bit more time on their hands to ponder
about life and improve their spirituality, perhaps for those who may be facing a mid-life crisis, or are stay-at-home parents with kids. For people who are very busy, the best thing you can really do is spend a couple of minutes every day after work to read parts of a chapter, as it could take a week to fully digest one chapter.

Would not recommend to:

Like in Desiring God, this book would be tough on people who are new to the faith, as it will come with a couple of higher expectations of the reader. In a certain chapter, there is more of a focus of persuading the reader to pick up even heavier material from authors of past centuries. If the same reader already has trouble picking up concepts from books of this era, it will probably be a stretch to recommend books of probably greater difficulty. Again, it could be a difficult read if you are tired or not in the mood. This time, I think Piper organized the material a bit better for less experienced readers. However, it is impossible to remember everything in one go, you will need to go back and review many concepts because he usually comes up with long lists.

Book Reviewer: Brian Yuen

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Book Review – Desiring God (Brian Yuen)

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Book Review:

Desiring God – Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

by John Piper

(1) Summary

This book written by John Piper is meant to be an encouragement for us Christians to glorify God, by enjoying the lives he made for us.  In other words, he is promoting a philosophy called Christian Hedonism.  It is human nature for everyone have feelings of happiness, just as God created us to have.  Thus, Piper encourages us not to shut out these feelings, but instead to continue to cultivate them with lasting resources.  These resources are meant to be the small but important every activities that we do to please God, instead of the worldly possessions and beliefs that are used to simply please the flesh.

Whenever we come to point where we are filled of joy from God, we end up sharing it with others in forms of love, which is elaborated in perhaps the most important chapter, “Love: the Labor of Christian Hedonism”.  Love is described as “the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others” (pg. 119).  This is where enjoyment in Christian Hedonism is experienced at its fullest, and witnessed by other people.

On the other hand, this book also aims to speak to those who are following God begrudgingly, to try to spark a “fire” under them.  If we are forsaking our own pleasure when we are carrying out our lives, we are also forsaking God, and we are doing everything without love for him and for other people.  Thus, there is nothing wrong with experiencing happiness and pleasure when we glorify God.

John Piper also connects several aspects of daily life to this belief of Christian Hedonism, such as reading scripture, saying prayer, spending money, and maintaining a marriage.  His stance on these subjects oppose the popular worldly view of them, such as on marriage, where Piper describes it primarily as a relationship where one man shares the love of God in another person, and not just a form of leadership or submission between two people.

Failure to consider God in all things of life, while also not enjoying it, is a form of disobedience to God.  In other words, a Christian who lives a happy life will be living a life of obedience to God.  There are many pleasures in this life that generate happiness in a short time.  However, as Christian Hedonists are supposed to think, we need to deny ourselves of these lesser goods for a greater good by following God.  In the short term, it’s a sacrifice, but as God will let us know in the long run, we will be saying “I never made a sacrifice” , as quoted by David Livingstone in the “Missions” Chapter (pg. 243).  Instead, it will be our pleasure.

 

(2) Interaction – What I liked (or didn’t like)

What I liked:

The chapters and subsections are well categorized, with different sections for a variety of topics.  There is also an index at the back of the book for all the subjects in alphabetical order, in case you feel in the mood for a particular topic to dwell on.

Sometimes I find myself getting more engaged in the quotes of different people he mentions (e.g. David Livingstone in “Missions”), and the touching anecdotes (Sergei Kourdakov and his experience with Natasha in “Suffering”).  These are serve to enhance the already heavy material Piper is explaining at great length.

The Missionaries section was interesting, and I didn’t expect to spend as much time on it as I did, as Missions is rarely one of the things I think about doing in the near future.   It is interesting to see John Piper’s perspective combined with some actual numerical data and background about “People Groups” and the “10-40 Window.”  I also realized that we can all be missionaries in our own little communities.  In the end, it’s our motivations and intentions that drive us to do so.

The Epilogue was a good way to tie everything together.  It also offered some differing opinions presumably from other people on the concept of Christian Hedonism. Without being too antagonistic and giving everyone a fair turn at bat, Piper was able to refute these viewpoints with good content, which also serve to strengthen his argument with different perspectives.  A good point he mentions is in “Reason Five: Christian Hedonism Combats Pride and Self Pity”, where boasting is the “voice of pride of the… strong” while self-pity is the “voice of pride of the… weak” (p. 302).  I can definitely relate to both, though more on the self-pity side where sometimes it becomes a form of false humility.

Overall, there is just so much content to unpack if you are enthusiastic about it, and it is definitely better to spread out the read, especially when you are in a good mood to do so.  I honestly do appreciate his time and effort is proving how serving God shouldn’t be all about “work”, but also should not be just mindless, fleeting fun either.

What I didn’t like:

The book is admittedly a long read, and it can take a while to get to the point sometimes, as again, it is really packed with content.  I personally struggled with some chapters more than others, especially with Ch. 4: Love.  For example, it might be more difficult to picture more abstract concepts like “the overflow of joy in God” in everyday life.

It was written in 1986, and I would appreciate a more comprehensive rewrite to accommodate younger readers (especially millennials) in this generation and their current social problems (I read the 2003 version).

In Page 300 of the Epilogue, Piper writes “I am often asked what a Christian should do if the cheerfulness of obedience is not there”.  Piper sort of glances over this question briefly and offers a quick answer, then refers the reader to appendix 4 for “more practical counsel on fighting for joy”.  This section “How Then Shall We Fight for Joy” is much shorter, since he just gives pointers but not full explanations.  He mentions future plans to turn this part into a small book, but I feel he can expand on this a bit more for this particular book instead, since I feel a section like this could help “Desiring God” appeal to millennials and new believers.

A big part of Piper message is that he tells us to “be joyful”.  It is something that doesn’t always come naturally for some people, as one cannot flip a switch to simply “be joyful”.  Piper probably didn’t intend for this book as a “quick-fix”, but rather a book for people to mull over for a while, as “joy” takes a while to cultivate.  If that is the case, maybe he can be a little less heavy-handed in telling people this, especially for a subject like finding joy in serving God.  Let the readers have the freedom to naturally feel out this joy that God wants them to feel.

I would also appreciate more examples from Piper’s own life (not that there weren’t, but have it more balanced out against the C.S. Lewis quotes etc), as it make the book to be more personable, especially on something like Christian Hedonism and joy.

 

(3) Would you recommend it or not, and to who?

Would recommend to:

Very well-read people used to reading higher level Christian books (or looking for a more challenging read) and have at least semi-solid theology (or are used to the writing style of knowledgeable theologians like John Piper).

Older (or more mature) people who have been serving for a while and have perhaps lost touch on what it means to serve God, either though pride or self pity.

Would not recommend to:

People new to the faith, as it might be a difficult read for millennials (who don’t read as much nowadays unfortunately.)  Not the easiest book to start out with in terms of Christian books; would first recommend books targeted towards millennials, that deal with their specific issues.

Definitely a hard read if you are tired, it’s not the kind of book where you can find a quick “pick-me-up” to feel better, because you really have to dig for those “nuggets” in this book.  You would probably need to spend a lot of time re-reading chapters and pondering over a lot of the concepts, in order to cultivate the specific feeling of joy and pleasure Piper wants you to feel.

Book Reviewer: Brian Yuen

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Book Review – Lit!

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Book Name: Lit!

Author: Tony Reinke

The title of this book was what first attracted me to this book. At first, I took the title to literally mean that someone or something is “lit up.” Thus my first thought was that the book must be something along the lines of how we should be on fire for Jesus. However, I quickly found that my guess was totally off the mark. This book is intended to be a useful handbook for us as products of today’s consumerist culture which seems to be somewhat opposed to careful, intentional reading of any kind. Reinke’s book serves to be a timely reminder of what reading means, why we should read, and how should we read.The book itself is split into 2 parts; the first titled “A Theology for Books and Reading” and other titled “Some Practical Advice on Book Reading.” In the first part, Reinke examines why readers should read and how Christian readers should approach the art of reading. He starts right at the beginning by introducing what language is and how words can shape one’s imagination, thinking, and life. What makes this part of the book very enjoyable is that Reinke establishes the reasons for reading within a solid theological framework that is focused entirely on God’s Word. This includes the fact that God reveals Himself to us through the written word and that God’s Word is the standard by which we view and discern everything in this world. The author explains the importance of God’s Word by highlighting several biblical narratives and develops a convincing argument towards the importance of reading. Also worth mentioning is that Reinke suggests that Christians should have a balanced diet of different genres including Christian and non-Christian books. Perhaps most of us today typically fall into the extremes of either reading only Christian books or non-Christian books exclusively. Reinke suggests that failing to read widely impairs us from appreciating the nuggets of God’s truth and wisdom that can be buried within both genres.

In the second part, the author provides useful advice on how one can read wisely and appropriately. The practical tips that Reinke gives are easy to follow and integrate into one’s daily routines. For example, he shares how he had always been afraid to write on the margins of books (something I also experience) and how he subsequently overcame that fear. Lastly, what I found especially relevant to me is the last section in which he encourages the reader to explore methods to encourage others to read.

I would definitely recommend this book to new believers and seasoned Christians alike as the art of reading has somewhat diminished both outside and inside the church. Reinke’s style is simple to read yet he embeds much wisdom in the advice that he gives in the book. His willingness to share his personal struggles and habits allow the reader to be carried along easily through the book. My hope is that Lit! will be a blessing to brothers and sisters looking to begin or rekindle their love for reading God’s Word and the words of others whom He has used to convey His Truth.

Book Reviewer: Philip Lau

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書評 – 恩典作王

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以下是我們博客首個中文書評, 謝謝 Vivian Fung 姊妹的分享!

書名: 恩典作王 (The Discipline of Grace)
作者:畢哲思Jerry Bridges

“首先,要非常謝謝Philip 介紹這本書給我,還有他對我們教會圖書館的用心。這本書不但讓我學會了如何追求聖潔,而且還讓我領悟到我們做基督徒要不斷地向自己傳福音。讀這本書之前,我從來沒有聽過這個做法,卻發現它非常有道理。如果連我們都無法真正的瞭解福音是甚麼,那麼非信徒當然就不會選擇去相信我們的神。另外,這本書讓我看透了很多事情。比方說,我有時候會覺得我比其他的學生“好”。我不抽煙,不喝酒,不說髒話和不會浪費我媽媽的錢。所以有時候在大學見到一些同學會心想:「他們怎麼可以這麼壞?」其實, 我根本沒有資格去批評別人。Jerry Bridges 提醒了我,我和非信徒都是平等的,因為我們都是罪人。

耶穌對他說:「你為什麼稱我是良善的? 除了神一位之外,再沒有良善的。」(馬可福音十18)

其實我讀這本書的時候真的很感動。Jerry Bridges 不但用他自己的經歷來描述神的恩典和性格,他還善用別人的話語來顯示神的大能。 我發現這本書有太多精彩的地方,我根本無法說完。所以,我在這本書裡面選出我最喜歡的比喻。

Jerry Bridges 說:「我們必須面對兩種的法庭:神在天上的法庭和我們靈內的良知法庭。」”

書評者: Vivian Fung

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Reflections of a Young Theologian

A Little Exercise For Young Theologians

Author: Helmut Thielicke
Book Reviewer: Seneca Law

Words of wisdom from Helmut Thielicke, an internationally known theologian and pastor, quoted from his book, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians.

“It is commonplace we hear, and countless times have ourselves expressed, that theology has to do with life. This being so, it is only natural to begin with a meditation on how things stand with our Christian life in the midst of our course in theology, and how that life fares inside the race track of theological study – and not only fares, but how it can be made deeper, richer and more fruitful.”

This is a good place to begin, to examine my own spiritual life before proceeding to study. Theology informs practice.  How do I link the knowledge of my head to the desires of my heart and eventually the work of my hands and feet?

“Under a considerable display of the apparatus of exegetical science and surrounded by the air of the initiated, he produces paralyzing and unhappy trivialities, and the inner muscular strength of a lively young Christian is horribly squeezed to death in a formal armour of abstract ideas.”

Thielicke raises an example of a theological student who upon returning to his home church, is critical of a Bible study led by his “unlearned” friend. Such behaviour and injections of his “superior knowledge” and other challenges quickly drown out any hint of lively, free flowing discussion. Yikes, sounds like something I would do or maybe have done.

“Theological thinking can and ought to grip a man like a passion. But passionate devotion means a way of thinking and speaking which all too consistently is borrowed from the circles in which a person has just been moving.”

Haha, I ought to be careful with my excessive use of Christianese.

“Truth seduces us very easily into a kind of joy of possession: I have comprehended this and that, learned it, understood it. Knowledge is power. I am therefore more than the other man who does not know this and that. But love is the opposite of the will to possess. It is self-giving. It boasteth not itself, but humbleth itself. This conflict is precisely the disease of theologians.”

And I am constantly plagued. Jesus, our Healer, is the perfect resolution of this conflict, the coexistence of perfect love by grace and eternal truth.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

“In just the same way that every research method is determined by its subject, we must also take seriously the fact that the ‘subject’ of theology, Jesus Christ, can only be regarded rightly if we are ready to meet Him on the plane where He is active, that is, within the Christian church. Only the Son knows who the Father is; only the servant knows who the Lord is.”

Regarding the knowledge that God bestows to me by grace, the fruit of that gift will be evident in the edification of the local church, or wherever God calls me to serve.

“…every theological effort is bound up with the act of faith itself.”

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

So we proceed blindly? I don’t think so.

In my opinion, theological work is not for purposes of proof. For how can the finite created grasp the infinite nature of Creator God? Yet God promises that we will find Him when we seek Him with all our hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13) The use of scientific methods in theology does not eradicate the faith we should have in God and His promise of revelation, as He wills. Thus, every theological effort is bound up with the act of faith itself.

“My plea is simply this: every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith. Do not assume as a matter of course that you believe whatever impresses you theologically and enlightens you intellectually.”

Wow. How many times do I just accept theological ideas on the weak basis of my own intellectual fascination? Have I regarded them in equal light as the spoken word of God? My inability to sense pain and pressure from the impression of these ideas is a tragedy.

“How all-important it is that a vigorous spiritual life, in close association with the Holy Scriptures and in the midst of the Christian community, be maintained as a background to theological work.”

Indeed.

“But it is all the more important to insist constantly and almost monotonously that a person who pursues theological courses is spiritually sick unless he reads the Bible uncommonly often and makes the most of opportunities by which, in preaching and Bible classes, that cornerstone is made visible.”

Haha, hardcore much? No such thing in God’s eyes. You are either hot or cold and I pray that I stay out of the lukewarm danger zone, lest Jesus spit me out of his mouth. This is God’s first and greatest commandment: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)

How did I miss that? The motivation of my theological studies and intellectual endeavours should be my love for God, because He first loved me. This little exercise is only the beginning, a small step in a life devoted to bring glory to Jesus Christ.

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The Higher Christian Life

The Higher Christian Life

Author: William Edwin Boardman
Book Reviewer: Seneca Law

It is not difficult to discover the main premise of The Higher Christian Life because throughout the book, the author William Boardman is persistent inconveying the message of full trust and full salvation in Jesus Christ. He expressses the much needed message, or perhaps reminderfor many, that “as faith is the all-inclusive condition of salvation, fulltrust expresses the sole condition of full salvation.” Simply put, Jesus only is the Way and faith alone is the means. But the author presses a furtehrpoint, and that is the necessity for believers to experience a “secondconversion”, not implying the need for a second regeneration per se, butthe need to embark on the journey of sanctification. This is what the titlerefers to, a higher life attained after conversion.

The volume is separated into three parts: What is Is, How Attained, andProgress and Power. The author’s choice of expamples outside of the Bible is agood way of introducing freshness to the reader and could perhaps shed newlight on something that they may be familiar with. In the life of MartinLuther, we see that he had the full assurance of justification by faith, thatJesus died on the cross for his sins and he was declared righteous, with hissins freely forgiven. The converted know that they cannot attain salvation byworks, and as Paul wrote to the Romans, “the just shall live byfaith” in Jesus. Yet Lutehr did not have the joy of full salvation becausehe “had not yet learned to take Jesus for his sanctification.”Eventually, Luther understood the meaning of Romans 1:17, that “the justshall live by faith”, be kept alive by faith, sanctified, made holy onlyby faith in Jesus. Sanctification is not by works, just as justification is notby works. This realization is what the author refers to as “secondconversion”, not that the person did not receive sanctification already,but evidently, there is a deeper understanding, a more complete picture, andthat is salvation attained to the fullest. Boardman explains that “a senseof abosolute dependence upon Christ for holiness of heart and life, just as forforgiveness of sin is the sum and substance of the soul’s attainment.

For the rest of the book, Boardman explains in detail the answer to thequestion of how this higher Christian life is attained: Faith. This should notbe a surprise to us. Since faith is the condition for justification, it followsthat faith is also the condition for sanctification, the higher life afterconversion. Boardman continues to emphasize that for salvation at any stage ordegree, Jesus alone is the Way and faith alone is the means. The author thenenters into a part about the progress of the higher Christian life, so that thereader is not misled into thinking that a perfect Christian life can beattained on earth. The basic belief is that sanctification is a continualprocess, not of our own works, but through faith in Jesus.

A few shortcomings were found. First, the book was written in 1858 andalthough its message of full trust in Jesus is applicable and relevant in anyage, the style of language that the book is written in maybe not be appealingto our modern generation. Further, the book is rather lengthy and containsexamples that may not be completely relevant today. It is still interesting toread about heroes of the faith from the past, but their effectiveness isquestioned, especially when the lives of those mentioned contain similarexperiences used to bring out a common point, which is seemingly a bitredundant. Although difficult terms are explained, this book maybe not besuitable for new believers. It is more useful for believers who are looking togrow deeper in Christ, with the intent of pursuing the higher Christian life.

Nonetheless,the author’s dedication to his thesis is admired. He stresses that our work isto witness for Jesus to the ends of the earth. We are not alone in this for weare not preaching a dead or absent Saviour, but we are telling the story of theOne who is risen, who in all power and glory, is ever-present with us until the end of the age. The message is clear; abide in Jesus, who is the door to salvation and the Way ofsalvation. Without him, we have nothing. Apart from him, there is no other.

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Life Application Bible Study Series: Hebrews

Life Application Bible Study Series: Hebrews

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Reviewer: Philip Lau

This is the current Bible Study material used by our University College small group and Timothy fellowship. The book is simply broken down into two different parts: 1) New Living Translation Bible along with commentary; 2) Study questions for personal or group study.

This series has been around for many years and went through several editions so it proves to be a valuable resource for Christians everywhere. The commentary is straight-forward and goes through the passage thoroughly. There are also many helpful graphs and illustrations to complement the material presented. In regards to the Study Questions, most of them are flexible to allow the group leader to expand discussion topics. There are also additional questions that delves deeper into the passage.

On the other hand, this Series does give the reader/participant a rushed feeling as it tries to cover Hebrews in 13 chapters. Those of us who have read the book of Hebrews know that this task is quite daunting as Hebrews is saturated with systematic theology and historical roots. The discussion questions also tend to be quite repetitive and may require the reader/leader to dig deeper to find the spiritual truths in Hebrews.

All in all, the Life Application Bible Study Series – Hebrews is a great book for starters in personal Bible study and is ideal for pre-teens/young adults who want to get a broad overview of the book of Hebrews.

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Welcome all Book Reviews!

As summer is approaching, many of us will no doubt be reading some new books or material in our spare time! The Library Ministry always welcomes reviews from our congregation and will post these reviews on this blog for others to read and enjoy! If you have read a good book, listened to an amazing praise CD, or visited a reflective website or blog, feel free to write a short review for us so that others can share the joys of digging into God’s Word and Truth in a myriad of ways! Please send all reviews to granvillelibraryministry@gmail.com! Once approved, the review will appear on our blog!

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