- January 14, 2010
Saddle Up With Jesus by Wanda Lynch (Xlibris)
Wanda Lynch opens with a poem tribute to her “Old Cowboy” husband. The author is enmeshed in the western culture and a part of the Cowboy Church movement. Thus, her poems tell the stories of this movement. A cowboy praising, trusting, spending time with, telling others about and growing with Jesus form the outline of her book of poetry.
Lynch’s poetry mostly centers around the Old West cattle drives when the cowboy had much time in the saddle to think, sing and dream. She exposes the spitting, cursing, drinking kind of cowboy who underneath had a heart for God and carried God’s book in his saddle bag.
This book is a fun read for those who understand the culture of the cowboy. Readers will find the poetry enjoyable. You will laugh and cry but also see the story and pilgrimage of so many who had the hard life of a cowboy and saddled up with Jesus. You also will enjoy the history and appreciate the culture as you read.
Texas Baptist Men
Life at 80 as I Have Lived It by Joe T. Poe (Editorial Mundo Hispano—Casa Bautista de Publicaciones)
Joe Poe calls his book a personal memoir. But his story extends to a group of people who made an impact on the whole world. Bruce McIver and Ralph Langley led a youth revival where Poe decided that if God called him, he was willing. An Eagle Scout, the 1946 Cisco High valedictorian graduated with plans to attend the Uni-versity of Texas. But his Sunday school teacher took him to the Texas Baptist Stu-dent Union Conven-tion where he shifted his allegiance to Baylor. At Baylor’s Freshman BSU Re-treat, God called him to foreign missions.
Poe shares his Foreign Mission Board autobiography to detail his salvation experience and life before the mission field. The narrative from long ago includes stories of his first sermon and how God led him to his wife, Eleanor. The list of people God put in Poe’s path reads like a Baptist Who’s Who.
Throughout the book, Poe intersperses sermons and notes with refreshingly honest assessments of his life’s work at the Spanish Baptist Publishing House. He carefully documents events and includes numerous photographs. But mostly, Joe Poe just tells the story of how God molds and uses his choice servants.
Kathy Robinson Hillman, former president
Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas
One Minute Praises and Promises from the Bible by Steve Miller (Harvest House Publishers)
Steve Miller has provided a good deskmate for those times when God provides a spare moment to focus on him. It is short, to the point and scripturally based.
The author introduces readers to the benefits of praising God as he reveals himself through Scripture. Miller then leads them to practice praise by praying Scripture back to God. The author further introduces the reader to the power of God’s promises and their fulfillment and how they are applied.
Miller has prefaced each section with quotes from noted authors like A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink and John MacArthur.
Anyone will profit from this small volume. You will find that it will be a useful tool and not just a one-time read.
Texas Baptist Men