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Book Review: Am I Called?

Book Review: Am I Called? by Dave Harveyamicalled_header

The Good:

You Talking to Me. What an easy read. Seriously, it is like having a conversation with the author. I’m a big fan of books that are written in a laid-back conversational style. If I read a book about pastoral calling, I would hope it would speak to me. Well, the author’s style does just that – it is like you are being counseled in the chair across from him, and he speaks right to you and your heart.

Dry as a bone. For those that know me, I enjoy dry humor. And this book caused me to laugh out loud at times with the witty jabs that you almost miss, but add life to the book. These little comments and stories provide great flavor to a very meaty subject.

Paging all church search committees. This isn’t just a book for those seeking confirmation of the call, but can be highly useful for pastoral search committees and church boards establishing their philosophy of ministry. What a lesson on the requirements of a pastor, in behavior, practice, and lifestyle. Before writing a job description, you might want to read this book.

The Bad:

Better Sooner than Later. Seriously, this may sound sappy, but the only bad thing about this book is that I did not read it sooner. It satisfied the reader’s longing to understand and confirm the calling. It answers the question “Am I Called” to completion, with great detail, confidence, and sound doctrine.

The Grade: A. Got someone interested in ministry? Put this book in their hands. Think about it. We are talking about the calling to lead the body of Christ…the bride of the Savior of the world. Before any seminary applications, job interviews, internships…read this book. Start here. Seriously, it puts the pastoral call to the test.   Better to test your calling with a hot chocolate, bedroom slippers, and this book…than when you are knee-deep in ministry! Buy the book, and make your calling sure.

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Book Review: Biblical Stewardship

Book Review:  Biblical Stewardship by Alfred Martin

The Good:

418mr7kDT+L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_If you have your Bible…This is about as Biblical as a book can be. Scripture is interwoven throughout the pages of this book, and nary was a point made without a Bible verse in support (Did I hear a “nary” in there?).

Wide Focus Lens. Sometimes the concept of stewardship uses too narrow of a lens. What I mean is, when stewardship is mentioned, money is the only thing that is discussed. Well, Martin takes a different approach and discussed how stewardship is a whole-life behavior.

Class Dismissed. This was like taking a seminary level class on the subject of stewardship. The concept of stewardship is so important, and this in-depth look on this lifestyle was enlightening.

The Bad:

Absolutely absolute. On rare occasion, I did catch some absolutes or some verbiage that was a little too strong or dogmatic. It was rare, but still need to be cautious in your read. For example, there was the thought of never saying anything to another Christian about how they spend their time, lest you judge. My response would be, “What if their time is spent in sin?”

Good Morning Class. The flip side of this book being more academic is it sometimes felt that way. With a quiz booklet attached, I felt like I was focused more on studying for a pop quiz than remembering and meditating on key concepts.

The Grade: B. You may not label this book as earth-shattering, but it does still have value. Many pastors do series on stewardship yearly or often, and this would be a good buy for that purpose. It also is a smart read for those early in their marriage or early in the faith as they can properly learn to use what God has given them properly, even their lives.

 

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