Posts Tagged ‘books


Books on joy in the midst of suffering

Last week, Pastor Mark spent alot of time talking about the deep joy that can be experienced by Christians, even in the midst of great trial and pain. One man that communicated those truths very well was Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), a Welsh pastor and author.  Below are two of his books on the subject of the unspeakable joy spoken of in 1 Peter 1:8.

Spiritual Depressions: It’s Causes & Cure– This book is deeply significant in my life and I am sure that I will return to it many times.

This enduring collection of twenty-one sermons by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, each originally delivered at Westminster Chapel in London, carefully and compassionately analyzes an undeniable feature of modern society from which Christians have not escaped—spiritual depression.

“Christian people,” writes Lloyd-Jones, “too often seem to be perpetually in the doldrums and too often give this appearance of unhappiness and of lack of freedom and absence of joy. There is no question at all but that this is the main reason why large numbers of people have ceased to be interested in Christianity.”


Joy Unspeakable– Martyn Lloyd-Jones explores the assertion of John the Baptist that Jeus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. The result is a classic call to submit afresh to the Spirit for power, purity and assurance, while keeping our heads in the face of pitfalls that might distract or ensnare us.


Death By Love


As I’ve mentioned the last couple of weeks, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle was about to release a new book called Death By Love. I just got an email telling me that it’s in stock at stores now and ready to enjoyed.

Here’s a quick rundown on what the book is about:

Real people. Real sin. Transformed lives. A compilation of heartfelt letters written from a pastor to his people that explains Jesus’ work on the cross. 

Death by Love is a unique book on the cross of Jesus Christ. While many books debate the finer points of the doctrine of the atonement, what is often lost are the real-life implications of Jesus’ death on the cross for those who have sinned and have been sinned against. Written in the form of pastoral letters, Death by Love outlines the twelve primary effects of Jesus’ death on the cross and connects each to the life of a different individual. 

Driscoll, one of America’s most influential pastors, and Breshears, a respected theologian, help readers understand, appreciate, and trust in Jesus’ work on the cross in a way that will transform their lives. Both deeply theological and intensely practical, this book shows how everyone can find hope through the death of Jesus Christ.

You can also read a chapter, watch an intro video and learn more at the Death By Love website or on their Facebook page .

I’m really looking forward to reading this book and I imagine we’ll have a copy on the book table at Friday Nights pretty soon.

The Shack- A few critiques

During the first sermon (Trinity: God Is) in the Mars Hill Church series Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, Pastor Mark Driscoll took some time to address a book called The Shack. Here is a clip of what Mark said:

Tim Challies, a popular Christian blogger has also posted a couple helpful reviews of the book. You can find his shorter initial review here or download a more in-depth review here.

While this may seem to be a lot of excitement over a work of fiction, it’s important for Christians to pursue truth about God because what we believe about God drives how we live our lives. The glowing reviews of The Shack online and from people that I have talked to underscore this fact.


books we recommend

I’ve started a new page on the blog called “Books We Recommend.” I will be adding books to this page frequently, so keep your eye on it!

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