Thursday, June 18, 2009

Book Spotlights: The Disappearance of God by Dr. Albert Mohler and Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite

The Disappearance of God book coverAbout the Book: More faulty information about God swirls around us today than ever before. No wonder so many followers of Christ are unsure of what they really believe in the face of the new spiritual openness attempting to alter unchanging truth.

For centuries the church has taught and guarded the core Christian beliefs that make up the essential foundations of the faith. But in our postmodern age, sloppy teaching and outright lies create rampant confusion, and many Christians are free-falling for “feel-good” theology.

We need to know the truth to save ourselves from errors that will derail our faith.

As biblical scholar, author, and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler, writes, “The entire structure of Christian truth is now under attack.” With wit and wisdom he tackles the most important aspects of these modern issues:
Is God changing His mind about sin?
Why is hell off limits for many pastors?
What’s good or bad about the “dangerous” emergent movement?
Have Christians stopped seeing God as God?
Is the social justice movement misguided?
Could the role of beauty be critical to our theology?
Is liberal faith any less destructive than atheism?
Are churches pandering to their members to survive?

In the age-old battle to preserve the foundations of faith, it's up to a new generation to confront and disarm the contemporary shams and fight for the truth. Dr. Mohler provides the scriptural answers to show you how.

Note from Amy: Personally, I can't wait to read this. I think it will alternately annoy me and challenge me to think. Learn more.

Eyes Wide Open Book CoverAbout the Book: I had it all backwards. The main thing was not my love for God, but his love for me. And from that love I respond to God as one deeply flawed, yet loved. I’m not looking to prove my worth. I’m not searching for acceptance. I’m living out of the worth God already declares I have. I’m embracing his view of me and in the process discovering the person he created me to be.

In Eyes Wide Open, Jud Wilhite invites you to discover the real you. Not the you who pretends to be perfect to satisfy everyone’s expectations. Not the you who always feels guilty before God. Not the you who secretly feels God forgives everyone else but only tolerates you. Not the you who looks in the mirror and sees a failure. The real you, loved and forgiven by God, living out of your identity in Christ.

A travel guide through real spirituality from one incomplete person to another, Eyes Wide Open is a book of stories about following God in the messes of life, about broken pasts and our lifelong need for grace. It is a book about seeing ourselves and God with new eyes–eyes wide open to a God of love.

Note from Amy: I'm reading this one now and enjoying it. I need these kinds of books to remind me what it means to be loved by God. Learn more.



Anonymous said...

I just went through membership classes at the church we've been going to since Easter. I think it's a good thing to revisit the "What we believes and why" on a regular basis.

great post, I'll have to remember to look for these books.

Fiona said...

Hmmm...I'm a Christian who's in a "questioning" stage of my faith right now. I been reading fairly widely to get some different perspectives. I think sometimes "the church" is frightened to let people explore their questions fully, and often talks about the dangers of error. I'm not sure that error is as dangerous as blind acceptance...

Thomas said...

Last night I journaled about Acts 17:11 after I finished my nightly reading times. If more of us were willing to follow what was being taught here, a lot of this false teaching would fall to the wayside.

Acts 17:11 (New International Version)
11Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.


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