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KCFY Book Reviews

Christian. Muslim. Friend
Twelve Paths to Real Relationship
Author: David W. Shenk
Binding Type:  Papervack

Publisher:    Herald Press
ISBN:  978083619905
Retail Price:  $14.99
From the Publisher:
Even in a post-September 11 era of alienation and religious violence, David Shenk says yes.
In Christian. Muslim. Friend., Shenk lays out twelve ways that Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims, characterized by respect, hospitality, and candid dialogue.

Rooted in his fifty years of friendship with Muslims in Somalia, Kenya, and the United States, Shenk invites Christian readers to be clear about their identity, develop trust, practice hospitality, confront distortions of both faiths, and seek out Muslims committed to peace.

He invites readers to both bear witness to the Christ-centered commitments of their faith while also reaching out in friendship with Muslims. Through astounding stories of his animated conversations with Muslim clerics, visits to countless mosques around globe, and pastors and imams who join hands to work for peace, Shenk offers tested and true paths to real relationships.

A compelling resource with practical application for mission personnel, Sunday school classes, and any Christian who rubs shoulders with people of Islamic faith in their neighborhood or workplace.

Mastering Life; Before it’s Too Late
10 Biblical Strategies For a Lifetime of PUrpose
Author:Robert J. Morgan

Binding Type:  Hardcover

Publisher:    Howard Books
ISBN:  9781451664744
Retail Price:  $19.99
From the Publisher:
Pastor Rob Morgan provides ten biblical patterns for pleasantly productive people, answering the question: How do I gain mastery of my life before it’s too late?

A lifelong student of the Bible, Rob Morgan has spent forty years learning about maximizing each day and becoming purposeful and productive. Now he has found a simple plan that works—featuring ten biblical principles that transcend human wisdom. These patterns can be implemented today whether you’re a student or an octagenarian, a novice or an executive, and help you develop a perpetually effective life. The ten patterns are:

1. Listen to a twelve-year-old: Be about your father’s business.
2. Redeem the time: Wasted hours can never be regained.

3. Clear the decks: God isn’t disorganized; why should we be?

4. Maximize the morning: Schedule a standing appointment with God.

5. Pull off at rest stops: Routinely replenish your inner resources.
6. Operate on yourself: Diagnose and treat yourself spiritually.

7. Live “As If”: Act by faith even when your emotions aren’t ready.

8. Bathe in the Dead Sea: Experience the buoyancy of biblical joy.

9. Practice the power of plodding: Persistently work in small increments.

10. Remember there are two of you: It's Christ in you that’s achieving significance.

Based on actual Scriptures, this simple, yet hope-filled plan for mastering life before it’s too late will put you on the path toward a lifetime of success.

The Brothers’ Keepers
Author: NLB Horton
Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    RidgeRoute Press
ISBN:  9780991401734
Retail Price:  $9.00
From the Publisher:
A friend's deliberate deception. A family's desperate dilemma. 

Archaeologist Grace Madison is in Brussels cataloguing looted antiquities when her son's bride is attacked in Switzerland. Her day careens from bad to catastrophic when daughter Maggie, a hydrologist, disappears in France.

Coincidence is a luxury that Grace cannot afford. Particularly when near-fatal history --- saturated in espionage --- is repeating itself.

The Madison family converges on Paris. Frenzied research unearths the evil threatening the unorthodox operatives: a legend intertwining Solomon, Martin Luther, and the Fourth Crusade. Embedded like a taproot in the Ancient Near East, a cuneiform clay tablet is their only lifeline. And insufficient when they collide with a familiar enemy, and unwittingly reveal too much.

Deceiving them at every turn, an old friend stands at the end of the three-continent, four-thousand-year-old race. As they jeopardize hearts and lives, they discover that to save themselves, they must first rescue him.

If he'll let them.

Living Well Spending Less
12 Secrets of the Good Life
Author:  Ruth Soukup

Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310337676
Retail Price:  $ 15.99
From the Publisher:
Ruth Soukup knows all too well how scary it can feel to have a life - and budget - that seems to be spiraling out of control. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she inspires and empowers women to make real and lasting changes to their personal goals, homes, and finances. Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life is real, honest, and speaks to the heart of the matter - how can you live the life you've always wanted.

Becoming A Spiritually Healthy Family
Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctional Parenting Styles
Author: Michelle Anthony

Binding Type:   Paperback

Publisher:    David Cook
ISBN:  9780781411394
Retail Price:  $15.99
From the Publisher:
We all want to guide our children into the abundant life that Jesus offers. But when we pursue the more and better that the world offers above our pursuit of Jesus, we fall into dangerous parenting habits. In "Becoming a Spiritually Formed Family," Michelle Anthony unpacks six common dysfunctional parenting styles that we fall into out of habit, lack of attention, or just oversight due to busyness. If you long to show your children Jesus but don't know how to do it, you'll find hope in this practical guide to creating a relentlessly grace-filled home that is focused on God as first in charge.
Includes Scripture guides, reflection questions, ideas for family rites of passage, and other real life family examples.

Shrink:  Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture
Author: Tim Suttle
Binding Type:  Paperback

Publisher:    Zondervan
ISBN:  9780310515128
Retail Price:  $16.99
From the Publisher:
Among followers of Jesus, great is often the enemy of good.

The drive to be great—to be a success by the standards of the world—often crowds out the qualities of goodness, virtue, and faithfulness that should define the central focus of Christian leadership. In the culture of today’s church, successful leadership is often judged by what works, while persistent faithfulness takes a back seat. If a ministry doesn’t produce results, it is dropped. If people don’t respond, we move on. This pursuit of “greatness” exerts a crushing pressure on the local church and creates a consuming anxiety in its leaders. In their pursuit of this warped vision of greatness, church leaders end up embracing a leadership narrative that runs counter to the sacrificial call of the gospel story.

When church leaders focus on faithfulness to God and the gospel, however, it’s always a kingdom-win—regardless of the visible results of their ministry. John the Baptist modeled this kind of leadership. As John’s disciples crossed the Jordan River to follow after Jesus, John freely released them to a greater calling than following him. Speaking of Jesus, John said: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Joyfully satisfied to have been faithful to his calling, John knew that the size and scope of his ministry would be determined by the will of the Father, not his own will. Following the example of John the Baptist and with a careful look at the teaching of Scripture, Tim Suttle dares church leaders to risk failure by chasing the vision God has given them—no matter how small it might seem—instead of pursuing the broad path of pragmatism that leads to fame and numerical success.