Monday, September 24, 2007

Books To Read

I have not done an official book recommendation yet on this blog. I have two today.

The first is the book to your left. It is available on, here. If you are in or have come out of a church that is using terminology such as, Apostolic authority, covering, submission to authority, headship, set man or apostolic sons, please read this book.

One of the main strengths of this book is that it is a reaction to the abuse that exists in the camp and not the camp itself. Dr. Crosby is not "throwing out the baby with the bathwater" but is definitely cleaning the baby up.

He gives a thorough explanation of all the words used in the Greek that people in the Apostolic movement are using. He gives each a fair piece of study and explains what they are really saying. His chapter on Spiritual Covering is brilliant. I also enjoyed his grasp of the Old Covenant theology and New Covenant theology and how that shapes the landscape of what we now call church. I have read books especially from Bevere and others on authority and submission and I see now that much of what they base their premises from are strictly an Old Covenant mindset.

This book needs to be read by all those who call themselves an apostle or are in relationship with one. If you are at all questioning the teachings of these new apostles, please read this.

The Shack

I took many theology courses in my Fundamental Bible College when I was in my 20's. I realized early on that what I really believe about God does shape my life. Unfortunately I came out of that encounter with theology believing that God was very mean, had stopped all the fun stuff of miracles and such, and theology became dry and dead. Since then I have adjusted my theology bit by bit. Nothing though has changed me as much as this book has.

This is the deepest book of theology that many of you will ever read - but don't let that scare you off. I read it to my 12 year old son and he loved it. It is a meeting of a man (Mack) who has experienced a horrendous tragedy and has suffered through a "Great Sadness" for three years following. He is angry at God for letting this terrible thing happen. God invites him to revisit the scene of the tragedy to meet with Him there. Mack takes God up on his offer and spends a weekend with Him. He gets to ask God all the questions that you and I would love to ask. God reveals himself to Mack and we get a glimpse of a God that seems to be too good to be true.

The favorite thing that I took away from this book is the relationship that God has with himself and the relationship that he asks us to be a part of. There are wonderful nuggets of life with God that you will chew on for years and years after reading this.

I cannot tell you how much you need to read The Shack. We cried with joy at such an unveiling of a Father who is truly good and truly loves us. Husband, Son, and myself have read it at least twice so far. I even gave it to one of my daughters who is running so hard away from God right now. With tears in her eyes she shared with me her favorite parts.

Please order it now. And just a note. You might has well order one to give away, because, trust will wish you had.

Note: Amazon is now offering this book and you can see it here and read some of the reviews


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your book reviews.
I will get my hands on the first one soon.
The book, the Shack, I just got into my hands yesterday, via my mom.
So, as I own a christian bookstore, I ordered a shipment of copies, as I plan to get them into many hands.
My mom works at a christian bookstore out in the city, and she profoundly recommends it.
So, as I read it, I plan to make sure many others do as well.
I'm glad to see another recommendation.
Just a side note...would you mind if I used your article (book review) as a reader promotion?

Barb said...

Wow, what a forum for the book. You are welcome to use the review although I don't think is is "professional" enough. But if you want a "real person" review, please use it.

Please let me know what you think of it and then as you meet and sell it to people I would love their feedback also.

Anonymous said...

I will let you know how it goes, Barb.
Thanks for letting me use your review.:)

Linda said...

I haven't read it yet, but I just ordered a case of them (optimistic, huh?).

I'm toying with the possibility of doing an older teen/young adult discussion book.

Based on what you said, it seems to have an impact with younger readers also.

I'll keep you posted.

Barb said...

If you don't like it i will buy it off you!! ;)I just ordered 10 more.
My kids of 12, 18, and 22 have all liked it. I think it would be a wonderul discussion book.