- May 9, 2012
- By Staff, Baptist Standard
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)
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
The Harry Potter Bible Study by Jared Moore (CreatSpace)
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