Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My challenge...and yours, Day 7

Have you finished reading The Hole in Our Gospel? Here are a couple more titles to keep you thinking...

The sermon series called Radical, by David Platt, started conversations that changed our lives. You can listen to the series for free here or read the book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. From the website... '"In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple." With these words, Jesus turned away large crowds who were following Him. With grace and authority, He beckoned potential followers to consider the demands of discipleship. For most, the price was too high and the cost was too great. In the 2000 years since Jesus spoke these words, it begs the question: Do we in contemporary Christianity realize the high price of following Jesus? Do we understand the great cost for all who call themselves followers of Christ? Take a closer look at the words of Jesus that require us to consider the implications of the Gospel for every facet of our lives."

The Strength of Mercy: Making a Difference in the World One Child at a Time
This book is the beautiful story of one family's adoption that then led them to found an adoption and relief agency that is changing the world today. From the book... "In a world where suffering and injustice abound, we yearn for evidence that God has not forgotten His children, that He knows each one by name. We long, too, to know that God guides and directs our lives, that He desires to use each of us in His plan to bring light to the nations. This is the message of The Strength of Mercy."

There is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children
If you are looking for a picture of AIDS and the corresponding orphan crisis in Ethiopia, this biography will paint scenes you will never forget. From a Booklist review... "The horrific numbers behind the AIDS pandemic in Africa, have little resonance for most people in the West: 'the ridiculous numbers wash over most of us.' But this searing account humanizes the statistics through heartbreaking, intimate stories of what it is like for young orphans left alone in Ethiopia." Our bookclub tackled all 480 pages...maybe yours will too?

Living in the Light of Eternity
This is one of two books by K.P. Yohannen on our nightstand right now. A pastor from India with a heart for his country, he writes boldly to Western believers: "Drawing from engaging true stories and eye-opening statistics, he makes a strong case for every Christian to look beyond temporary concerns to what will last forever. With a gentle yet urgent call to action, he challenges you to bring your heart back into focus. Living in the Light of Eternity takes a fresh look at biblical discipleship. Unafraid to ask some tough questions, K.P. helps you take an honest yet hope-filled look at your life. You'll have a solid basis for genuine spiritual growth as you learn to organize your priorities in the light of eternity." You can download a free audio version of the book here.

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