Sunday, February 20, 2011

"Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes" by Brennan Manning and Jim Hancock

Posers, Fakers, and Wannabes: Unmasking the Real You (TH1NK)Snack of Choice:

A Free Pastry from Panera because of our frequent visits and a free medium coffee from Dunkin Donuts because it was my birthday in February!

Story behind the story:
NavPress provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am under no compulsion to provide a favorable review. But I wonder, is it bad that I brought my free book and free coffee into Panera to claim my free pastry and free internet? Panera gets a positive review!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book and Music Giveaway!!

Since it is my joy to help you find free books (and a little music) that you will actually enjoy, I'd like to pass along a giveaway taking place this month. Unfortunately for you, I'm hoping to win!

Here's what's up for grabs:
1. Your choice of any bonded leather, Truetone, or personal size edition of the ESV Study Bible.
2. Mark Discoll's Doctrine.
3. Bob Kauflin's Worship Matters.
4. Rolland McCune's Systematic Theology three volume set.
5. Page CXVI's three Hymns CD's
6. Together for the Gospel Live CD

Check out "the Neglected Understood" blog for all the details:

Friday, February 11, 2011

"The Prince's Poison Cup" by R. C. Sproul

The Prince's Poison CupSnack of Choice:

Brooklyn Pizza... ordered the Godfather without the anchovies. A crime? Maybe.

Story behind the story:
I enjoy the written word as much as anyone. The question at hand is, “Do I enjoy the electronic word?” This is the first PDF version of a book that I have read, and it’s a good thing I started with one that had pictures. I should let you know I received this book from Reformation Trust. I’m not required to give a positive review, but they do ask that I do not malign the Word of God. I think I can agree to that!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Defiant Joy" by Kevin Belmonte

Snack of Choice:
Wave Potato Chips with French onion dip from that company my mom doesn't let me say. I personally pronounce it He-LU-va Good. This along with sweet tea and Old School Christian Music (PFR and Geoff Moore) brought me through victoriously!
Story behind the story:
Although in Glens Falls we just had our semi-annual book sale (favorite time of the year), this is NOT where I got this book.  The fact is that my friends at Thomas Nelson provided this book for me at no cost and does not and cannot require a favorable review in exchange. Does calling them "my friends" sound bias? Sorry... Can we strike that from the record? I still like ya though...

Story Line:
G. K. Chesterton's influence spans generations. C. S. Lewis was greatly affected by his work and attributes his breakthrough in faith to Chesterton's The Everlasting Man. Philip Yancey acknowledges the power of Chesterton's testimony concerning his "dark days" and how he came to the light. He is not, however, just a "Christian" writer. Many of his works are considered valuable literature as well as respected literary reviews of Chaucer, Dickens, and others.

This book is less of a biography as a life story and more a chronological survey of Chesterton's literary career. From his young days to his final breath, Chesterton was always busy writing something. Novels, detective stories, apologetics, poetry, and more.

The Real Story:
First, this is the coolest cover I have ever seen for a biography. I HATE biographies, but this made me pick it up with great anticipation. It sets a tone for the feel for the entire book.

Second, the author's written hope is that "this book might encourage young scholars to enter the rich,largely untilled field of Chesterton" (xiii). With this work he has done just that. I found myself thinking, I'd like to read that work or this work. 

I also appreciate Belmonte's tone. Chesterton and others use some very high language and Belmonte seems to leave the writing to an accessible level. I just finished my graduate degree and I'm incredibly thankful for this!

One last thing that I found helpful was the Timeline in the back of the book. It helps me keep track of all those insane dates that biographies are famous for. 

Check out:
"The Man Who Was Thursday" G.K. Chesterton (see the bottom of this page); Biographies of David Livingstone or George Mueller; The Gospel's (the greatest biography ever written) 

Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, G. K. Chesterton and one more crazy haired dude. (4 out of 5 crazy haired dudes)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Join Gabe Lyons and Tim Keller for a Live Webcast Event - Feb 17th, 2 PM

quoted from

The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian AmericaFew people have spent more time considering the new generation's interplay between the church and culture than Pastor Tim Keller and Gabe Lyons. Together, for an exclusive LIVE webcast conversation with Q&A, these two leaders will discuss the timely opportunity for church leaders who care about connecting with and mobilizing the younger generation for the sake of the Gospel. Hearing insights from Gabe Lyons new book, The Next Christians, church leaders will better understand the competing dynamics underway and gain vision for how to disciple and meaningfully send out "on mission" the most volatile segment of Christianity's future population. With clarity and conviction, Lyons will describe in candid terms the six hopeful characteristics emerging among this group of Christians and what it will take for churches to capture their heart and imagination in service to Christ."

You can be a part of this discussion. Come back to the Living Room Couch  Feb 17th @ 2 PM EST. I've read this book (see review), come and hear from the author about how the Next Christians interact with their community.

Friday, February 4, 2011

"The Man Who Was Thursday" G. K. Chesterton

The Man Who Was ThursdayAs I finish up the biography on Chesterton, I wanted to give you an opportunity to read one of his well known works. It is placed on the very bottom of the page. Feel free to come back anytime.