How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible
AUTHOR: Keith Ferrin
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
FORMAT: Paper, e-book
In the similar and replicated
form of old self-help, how-to
books comes How to Enjoy
Reading Your Bible, written
by Keith Ferrin to encourage
people to once again pick up
their copy of God’s Word and
read it for the true enjoyment it
was originally written for. The book is an easy read, filled with
quips and suggestions toward inspiring readers to a greater
desire for knowledge of the Scriptures.
The author points out that people often pick up a Bible on
their own personal time out of obligation and guilt-driven
conviction rather than with anticipation as a time to learn
more about their God and Savior.
The book is full of tips, each with an idea for gaining a
true desire to read God’s Word with understanding. Each tip
comes with a selection of “Scripture to Soak In” and finishes
with a “Shall We Pray?” moment of meditation. The book also
comes equipped with a small-group study of Ephesians and a
chronological Bible reading plan as appendixes.
I recommend this book for those who have lost a desire
to read God’s Word or who find it a drudging task. It might
resuscitate your enthusiasm for Bible reading.
—Nathan Gast, pastor, Urbandale (Iowa) Baptist Church
Getting to No: How to Break a
AUTHOR: Erwin W. Lutzer
PUBLISHER: David C. Cook
FORMAT: Paper, e-book
“Sinful habits begin innocently
enough, but if we don’t master
them, they will surely master us.”
What Christian has not been on
the wrong side of that equation?
Paul says, in anguish, “Wretched
man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
While we will fight the fight against sin until we go Home or
Christ returns, Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church since
1980, provides a useful tool to assist in the struggle.
Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit has been
through several titles since its publication in 1979, but the
material remains exceptionally useful. Dr. Lutzer lays out
powerful principles in an extremely readable format directing
us to overcome sin. He starts with the principles that God is
good and we are responsible for our actions. Lutzer deals with
the subjects of temptation, renewing your mind, feelings, will,
and Satan’s attacks. The book does not focus on overcoming
particular sins, but is a flexible overview of the whole change
process useful in any Christian’s life.
This is a valuable asset to any counseling situation. I have
used it frequently in both a Sunday School setting and Bible
studies. The book has 13 chapters, making it easily adaptable
for these study times. Our college group frequently used this
book as the basis for developing and learning to lead accountability groups and relationships. Each chapter ends with excellent application questions that can be used for a discussion or
small-group time, making it easily usable for even the newest
—John T. Murray, pastor, First Baptist, Hawthorne, Nev.
Mapping Apologetics: Comparing
AUTHOR: Brian K. Morley
PUBLISHER: IVP Academic
FORMAT: Paper, e-book
Recent years have witnessed a
burgeoning interest in Christian
apologetics. This has, in turn, agitated
the ongoing debate over apologetic
methodology. How exactly should
Several books have been written to explain the various
apologetic methodologies and to make the debate understand-
able. The latest is Brian Morley’s Mapping Apologetics. It is
without a doubt the clearest, most comprehensive work on
this subject that I have ever read. Not only does Morley ably
expound all of the major methodologies on the market today
(presuppositionalism, reformed epistemology, combinational-
ism, classical apologetics, and evidentialism), he also clearly
explains the major differences that divide these camps and
analyzes the major representatives of each system. Morley’s
proposed taxonomy is especially helpful. It offers a way of
objectively relating the various methodologies to one another
on the basis of how much emphasis each one places on objec-
tive, independently existing evidence.
Throughout the book, Morley’s tone is fair, professional, and
objective. While he does not hesitate to point out the methods’
respective weaknesses, neither does he take sides in the debate.
This results in a very evenhanded treatment that apologists of
all stripes will find helpful.
I am delighted to recommend this book to all Christians
with a serious interest in and facility with apologetics and
—David Gunn, Baptist Bulletin managing editor