Book Reviews: Transcending the Natural

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Transcending the Natural by Bill Lawson (Xulon Press)

Whether you seek a nonfiction narrative or a Bible study, Transcending the Natural meets your needs. The opening story captures the reader's attention. Bill Lawson describes how traveling to play golf altered his life. Transcending the Natural provides insight and anecdotes of Lawson's life. Colorful illustrations of U.S. history also are included. The book explains many miracles in the Bible performed by Jesus. God's guidance, blessings and love resonate throughout the book.

Grab Transcending the Natural and settle into your favorite chair. Enjoy the journey with Lawson, as he shares his lifetime of wisdom. The diverse stories and examples surely will enhance your mind, regardless of your previous experience. These begin during Lawson's boyhood, son of a Baptist pastor. The journey continues as he attends Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His professional life varies from working in the corporate world to serving in the U.S. military. Occasionally the grammar lags; however, the gained wisdom far exceeds any inconvenience.

Rick E. Meyer


Jacob: Journaling the Journey by Michelle Lesley (Journey Press)

Author Michelle Lesley offers a unique book/journal based on the life of Jacob. Using Genesis chapters 25-50, Lesley allows the story of Jacob to guide her own journal thoughts.

At the back of each chapter, Lesley raises a thought-provoking question to answer. Each chapter conclusion is titled "Tabula Rasa," Latin for "blank slate." There is one question to answer followed by a half-page titled "Journal Time," left blank so the reader can record how God is speaking. Full blank pages at the end of the book provide additional space for journaling.

This book differs from a basic blank journal used for taking sermon notes or journaling during a prayer time. This is guided journaling in which the reader responds to what's just been read—in this case, stories from the life of Jacob and his family. Because of that, the book asks readers much about their family experiences and how they respond to them. Enjoy this book as a fresh way to look at journaling.

Skip Holman, minister of discipleship

Northeast Baptist Church

San Antonio

The Harry Potter Bible Study by Jared Moore (CreatSpace)

Jared Moore's stated purpose in writing this book is to teach Christians how to interact with pop culture. Since all truth is God's truth, he asserts Christians must participate in media in order to recognize where the world intersects with the truth of God's world.

Moore briefly discusses the evil elements in these final four films, but he extracts many truth principles and builds on them with supporting Scriptures. They include laying down our life for our friends and standing up for truth. Additionally, he encourages readers to dig deeper by examining trickier questions such as the Christian response to racism and whether sinners deserve to be saved from their sins.

The introduction provides an excellent foundation for this Bible study, and the book's appendix presents the author's argument in favor of watching scary movies. He suggests a lack of faith in God's control and/or the sinful choice of depression could be the source of anxiety over watching these films. Whether you agree with those conclusions, this book is a recommended resource for family worship, neighborhood outreach, youth/college groups or sermon illustrations.

Sarah Crouch, adjunct professor

Dallas Baptist University

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