Saturday, May 24, 2014

Persecuted by Robin Parrish

Based on the film by Daniel Lusko, Robin Parrish has crafted a novel that is best read cover-to-cover in one sitting, if possible.

John Luther, like many preachers before him, lives in a time and place in which he must choose to obey God or government.  When John chooses God, his enemies (and former friends) go to great lengths to frame him, ruin his reputation, and hijack his television ministry.  When John refuses to give up and sets out to uncover their conspiracy, those enemies show just how far they will go to silence John and the gospel.  How many must die?

The question asked of John Luther can be asked of every Christian.  What would it take to stop you from spreading the gospel message? I hope there will be a sequel, as I think John Luther has a lot more to say!

I received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House publishers.  

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Great Book for Learning Colored Pencil Techniques

Colored pencils are so much more than the simple boxes of cheap pencils in the back-to-school department.  The New Colored Pencil by Kristy Ann Kutch is a guide to the vast variety of pencils, from wax-based to watercolor.  Kristy offers all sorts of blending techniques, taking colored pencil art to places it’s never been before.

I found the examples amazing.  If I had not known this was a book about colored pencils, I might have thought some of the drawings were oil paintings.  Any artist who enjoys working in colored pencil should have this book as a reference.  The rest of us should have it just to enjoy the pictures.

This book will be published on May 20.  I received a free electonic review copy through NetGalley.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: Courageous Gentleness

In Courageous Gentleness: Following Christ’s Example of Restrained Strength, Mary Ann Froehlich really challenges me.  While I am happy to be gentle and patient with babies, I must confess that I often want to just smack some adults upside the head when I witness the decadence and ignorance that permeates American society.  I have a long road ahead if I’m to develop the gentle manner Jesus used.  It helps to be reminded by Mary Ann that, “We have an all-powerful yet gentle God who could have destroyed us but instead chose to love us.”

But isn’t some anger justified?  Mary Ann point to only two situations in which Jesus was angry: with Satan and his demons or with hypocrites. Her emphasis in this book is that “Jesus was never angry or harsh with lost, broken people.” The key for me to conquer my own harshness will be to constantly remind myself that most of the people I encounter each day fall into the “lost, broken people” category.

This book includes plenty of Scripture to back up Mary Ann’s insights as well as quotes from well-known Christians past and present.  There are also discussion questions, making this book suitable for a group Bible study.

I received a free review copy of Courageous Gentleness through NetGalley.