Killing Jesus by Stephen Mansfield (Worthy Publishing)
Stephen Mansfield, author of The Faith of George W. Bush and The Faith of Barack Obama, offers more than just a book on the crucifixion of Jesus. It primarily deals with what Mansfield notes as the behind-the-scenes conspiracy that led to the death of Jesus. He includes a chronology of the conspiracy that runs from 6 B.C. to 30 A.D. Mansfield uses Scripture and historians of the period such as Josephus, Pliny and Tacitus, as well as and current scholarship, to create his narrative. Mansfield allows the reader to see how the events of Jesus’ death may have happened. The book has exhaustive endnotes and an extensive bibliography. You may want to call this book non-fiction with a bit of conjecture thrown in. Regardless, this is interesting and unique.
Skip Holman, minister of discipleship
Northeast Baptist Church
Indivisible by James Robison & Jay W. Richards (Faith Words)
Indivisible is a great book and a must-read for every person of faith in America. Authors James Robison and Jay Richards have done a masterful work reminding us our beloved nation is not in danger of destruction from outward enemies but is in grave danger from within. The probing question closing out their introduction sets the tone for the book: “Will our grandchildren enjoy the freedom and prosperity we enjoy, or will they ask us, ‘Where were you when freedom died?’”
The authors divide the book into two sections—“First Things” and “The Issues.” In the first section, basic fundamentals upon which our nation was founded are outlined. Principles, policies and prayers were woven into the very fabric of who we are today. The genius of the nation was not in the fabric, however, but the strands woven into it. Those strands need to be maintained to keep us indivisible.
The second part of the book deals with issues we must hold to if we are to maintain our freedoms. The authors point out the average age of the world’s greatest civilizations is only 200 years. Issues include right to life, stem-cell research, marriage and families and others.
Ten conclusions wrap up the book, ranging from equal rights to marriage as the fundamental social institution, to Judeo-Christian faith guarding our freedom, to our personal responsibility in guarding our freedom.
Indivisible is a book all God-fearing and freedom-loving Americans need to read. You will be challenged, reaffirmed and blessed as you allow the authors to share these wonderful truths with you.
Leo Smith (recently deceased), former executive director
Texas Baptist Men