Books Read in January

Second in this series of crime novel based in the Tudor period. Again, lawyer Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate a mystery by the powerful Thomas Cromwell. However this time the results of his mission may determine whether Cromwell remains Chancellor or is toppled from power. A really entertaining read and highly recommended.

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A new series from Philippa Gregory. This time, the novel is set pre-Tudor – in the times of the war between York and Lancaster Houses as they fight for the throne of England. Gregory bases the novel in much fact although her reading of what actually happened, especially to the princes in the tower, is conjecture.  This is the first of a series of novels which will follow. This was really hugely enjoyable to read.

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The Hole In Our Gospel. What Does God Expect of Us? Written by the CEO of World Vision. Here he challenges us to be both believers and doers of the word – to be active in the world showing the gospel through our money, and involvement with those in need. Much of the book revolves around his personal testimony in how God called him to World Vision.

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Gospel Powered Parenting by William Farley. Godly parenting is about modeling the gospel in the home with the goal of leading your child to Christ. See my review HERE.

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A published poet has been commissioned to create an Anthology of Poetry. He must write the introduction to the anthology. This book revolves around his inability to finish the introduction. He is procrastinating. And the author illustrates his procrastination and his wondering attention so well. There will be a section of wonderful dialogue as he explains the benefits or progress of some aspect of poetry when all of a sudden he writes “I think the dog needs a wash.”

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Second book by young and Kluck. Why We Love The Church is a useful defense of the traditional model of Church (and by traditional I mean – regular services, in a building, with programs etc.) (see larger review HERE)

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In this study of the atonement, Cole examines why there was the need for the atonement, the effects of Christ’s death and the aftermath of living post-atonement. In all of this, Cole’s underlying point is that atonement (should) bring us shalom – peace. There is no shalom with God without sacrifice. Peace is made through the blood of the cross. And ultimately the goal is God’s glory. Why did God create? Why salvation history? Why the Cross? Why a new heaven and a new earth? So that we might glorify God.

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