Book Reviews

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The Cross and the Crescent

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Millions of Christians around the globe are preparing for their Easter celebrations. Yet there are 1.2 billion Muslims (around 7 million in North America) who won’t think twice about Easter. In fact, most of them would tell you that it wasn’t really Jesus on that cross.

Therefore, Crescent Project is offering the excellent book, The Cross and the Crescent, to you at a special Book of the Month discount.

Click here to order this book for only $10 (a 25% savings).

Endorsements
“This book is a strong challenge to all Christians.” — Luis Palau, President of Luis Palau Association.

“Rarely have I been able to recommend a book — I guess I cannot recall doing so — with as great a contribution to the personal faith of the sensitive reader. A landmark book.” — Dr. Ralph Winter, Founder of the US Center for World Mission

Book Description
Many people associate Muslims with terrorism and cruelty. Some admire their willingness to die for their faith. Others wonder if there is more to Islam than fanaticism and martyrdom. Phil Parshall addresses the question, “How do we as Christians respond in faith and love to the Muslim people?”

In this warm and personal book, Parshall looks at what Muslims believe and how this affects — and often doesn’t affect — their behavior. Parshall compares and contrasts Muslim and Christian views on the nature of God, sacred scriptures, worship, sin and holiness, mysticism, Jesus and Muhammad, human suffering and the afterlife.

About the Author
Phil Parshall is one of the leading authorities on ministry to Muslims. He and his wife have lived among Muslims since 1962, first with International Christian Fellowship (now SIM) in Bangladesh and presently in the Philippines. He holds a doctorate from Fuller Seminary and has had fellowships with Harvard and Yale Universities. He is published in a number of Christian magazines and has authored nine books.

 

Mad Church Disease Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic

Popular author and blogger, Anne Jackson, digs into the causes, symptoms and solutions of a wide variety of challenges stemming from church work. David Kinnaman offers his review of this book here.

 

Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

According to Publishers Weekly this was, “The best selling book in the world for both 2003 and 2004, and the best selling non-fiction hardback in history”.

The following is taken from/based on this Best Seller, published by Zondervan in 2002. It is one book thatevery maturing human being who is seeking to better understand and improve his/her life needs to have for ready reference, possibly a daily refresher.

The main question that the book addresses is taken from the cover: What on earth am I here for? A forty (40) days journey through reasonably short chapters with a lot of insight into life’s meaning and the issues faced in every day life and relationships.

The five main sections of the book address the following major components

>> Purpose #1 – You were planned for God’s pleasure
>> Purpose #2 – You were formed for God’s family
>> Purpose #3 – You were created to become like Christ
>> Purpose #4 – You were shaped for serving God
>> Purpose #5 – You were made for a mission

Every chapter has a:

  • Point to ponder
  • A verse (from The Bible) to remember
  • Question to consider

Early in the book, the author quotes atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell: “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless”.

After covering all of the above in great depth, as Rick reaches the last section of the book he makes this really meaningful statement: “Your life is a pentathlon of five purposes, which you must keep in balance”. He states that “the pentathlete’s goal is to succeed in all five races, not just one or two”. Then he adds another very practical statement, “The best way to balance the five purposes in your life is to evaluate yourself periodically”.

Having studied the book, I have to agree with the author’s statement right at the start of the book, “Having this perspective will reduce your stress, simplify your decisions, increase your satisfaction, and, most important,prepare you for eternity“.