Reviews: Holiday Gift Guide
Nina Roesner. The Respect Dare: 40 days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 2012. 240 pages, $15.99.
Modeled after the wildly successful “Love Dare” aimed at married couples, this guide is written for women and is inspired by research on husbands’ often-unfulfilled desire for respect from their wives and by the author’s personal journey to obedience of God’s commands of submission and respect.
Sarah Young. Jesus Calling Bible Storybook. Thomas Nelson, 2012. Age level: 4 and up, $16.99.
The 60 Bible stories in this book, written in simple-yet-poetic language, are paired with illustrations, memory verses that relate each story to Jesus and a word of encouragement or lesson written as though Jesus is speaking directly to the reader.
A new line of Bible story picture books, written in rhyme, offers another way to integrate Bible stories into reading time. The first two are “Food for a Fish” and “Good News of Great Joy,” both part of the Magnificent Tales Series, 2012.
Andrew Gutwein. Live to Give: Let God Turn Your Talents Into Miracles. Thomas Nelson, 2012. Ages 12 and up, $14.99.
This teenage author founded a nonprofit that has raised more than $2.5 million for African orphans through a hoop-shooting competition. He urges young people to give their all, like the boy who handed over his loaves and fishes to Jesus.
Young ladies also may enjoy “Graceful (for Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life.” (Revell, 2012).
FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Lance Ford. UnLeader: Reimagining Leadership … and Why We Must. Kansas City, Mo.: Beacon Hill Press, 2012. 192 pages, $14.99.
Successful leadership paradigms from business and politics simply do not apply to churches, says this minister. Instead, church leaders must practice servant leadership, like Jesus.
Bible class teachers or ministers would benefit from Randy Harris’ “Living Jesus: Doing What Jesus Says in the Sermon on the Mount.” (Leafwood, 2012). Church leaders interested in integrating health initiatives into their community and congregational service would benefit from “Dust and Breath: Faith, Health — and why the Church Should Care About Both” (Eerdman’s, 2012).
Chronological Life Application Study Bible NLT. Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2012. 2,220 pages, $49.99.
Bible students will gain edification from reading this fluent, “thought-for-thought” translation of the Bible, which includes plenty of “so what?” notes, all in the order that biblical events happened.