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Discovering the City of Sodom

When I first read the subtitle for Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City, I seriously doubted that any book about Biblical archeology could possibly deliver such a promise. I am not disappointed to report that my doubt was unfounded. Authors Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Latayne C. Scott deliver a stirring tale of the discovery of this infamous city that is easily understandable by a noob like me, but that I believe is also detailed enough to keep a more knowledgable reader interested.

The book includes enthralling narratives of the expedition to find Sodom, extensive Biblical context, and fascinating explanations about topics such as Biblical dating, including competing theories, to give context for understanding the issues involved in finding and verifying the true location of Sodom. I listened to the audiobook and many times discovered that my trip was over but I didn’t want to stop listening.

Speaking of the audiobook, narrator Sean Runnette provided an exceptional narration that made the already fascinating book truly engaging.

I recommend this audiobook for any Christian who is interested in learning more about Biblical archeology and how a team of archeologists is challenging the firmly held beliefs of academics around the world.

In Enemies of the Heart: Breaking Free from the Four Emotions That Control You, pastor Andy Stanley calls readers to break free from the destructive power of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy. These four forces, says Stanley, have the power to destroy your home, career, and friendships if left unchallenged. They take over your life, destroy your relationships, and leave you and those around you hurting. In this book, Stanley provides practical advice, straight from the Bible, to help you take back control and restore your relationships.

Enemies of the Heart is exactly what I needed. It is both convicting and refreshing. The author uses a thoroughly enjoyable writing style with fun anecdotes to unwrap, dissect, and bring light to the sources of our problems. The book is nothing if not direct – no skirting around the issues here – and yet unlike with many similar books I never felt as if the author were being self-righteous or accusatory. After describing the problems and helping us to see the problems in our own lives, Stanley provides powerful insight into how to free ourselves from the bondage found in these four emotions.

Please do yourself and those around you a favor and buy this book, but don’t stop there. Devour it. Live it. Use it to change your life.

“Should I trust the advice of my non-Christian parents?”

“If I’m not called to be a minister, can my life count for Christ?”

“How do I teach my children humility without harming their self-esteem?”

“How do I know if I’m in love?”

These, in a nutshell, are just a few of the 171 questions that pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado answers in his most recent book, Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions. Unwaveringly using the Bible as foundation, Max provides answers to questions that have been asked of him via letters, emails, and even on Dunkin Donuts napkins over his 25 years of writing and ministry, adding illustrations from his life when applicable. Scripture and topical indexes are provided, allowing one to use the book as a reference.

I found this book encouraging and enlightening. I love reading Max Lucado’s writing and listening to and watching his messages and this book didn’t disappoint. With his signature conversational style he delivers at times profound insights and at other times gentle reminders. He doesn’t shy away from taking a harsh tone when it is needed, but delivers most of his answers in the encouraging tone for which he is known and loved. I urge you to read this book from cover to cover because it is too good to just leave on your bookshelf to be used as reference, but I also encourage you to keep it on your shelf after its first reading to be used in times of need.

I find it interesting to see which of my blog posts are the most popular during any given period of time and decided to share the information for July with you, my readers. A few of my more recent posts have been quite popular, but there’s one older post that has remained on the list month after month. Here it is, in declining order of popularity:

  1. Psalm 16:7-11
  2. Texas Bar Sues Church
  3. Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola
  4. Sabbatical
  5. MuseScore and ScoreRender
  6. Stop Dating the Church! by Joshua Harris

Please read and comment!

Boasting About Tomorrow

By Nate LaClaire —  December 1, 2008 — Leave a comment

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes…Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.
Excerpted from James 4:13-17 (NIV)

Talk about convicting…

Proverbs 3:1-6

By Nate LaClaire —  July 27, 2008 — 1 Comment

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)

Faith

By Nate LaClaire —  May 7, 2008 — Leave a comment

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Prosperity

By Nate LaClaire —  January 30, 2008 — Leave a comment

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4

links for 2006-05-28

By Nate LaClaire —  May 28, 2006 — Leave a comment