The Chris Creech

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Category: Book Reviews

Review: Holy Sexuality

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #PRHPartner

Christopher Yuan, in his upcoming book “Holy Sexuality,” uses every page to go where no one has gone in this subject. This is not, as one reviewer has said, a book about LGBT rights or a conversation about whether or not homosexuality is a sin. Instead, this is a book that uses that idea to springboard into a discussion about a Biblical framework for sexuality. He addresses a broad variety of topics in that discussion: heterosexuality, homosexuality, marriage, pornography, divorce, singleness, and friendship. What is good? What is right? What is holy? And, just as importantly, what can we do with that information? Continue reading

Review: The Life-Giving Leader

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #PRHPartner

If I had to describe “The Life-Giving Leader” with one word, it would be “refreshing.” I have read a lot of leadership books, but Reagin is able to give leadership an entirely new perspective by talking about some well-known facts of leadership, but also bring in some new ideas. We have, far too often, replaced leadership skills, training, and self-improvement with titles, and Reagin takes us away from that. He teaches leadership from life-giving traits, not from titles. He is willing to take a difficult stance on hard work, and that stance is not common. In our culture, we have relied heavily on the phrase “it’s just my personality,” and he does not allow leaders to use that as a crutch. Instead, he touts the value of hard work to improve your leadership skills.

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Review: The Daily Question for You and Your Child

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. #PRHPartner

“3 years, 365 Questions, 1095 conversations.” That’s the tagline for “The Daily Question For You and Your Child.” And this book delivers. If you’ve been a part of a church where I’ve worked with kids, you know that I talk a lot about using your time with your kids wisely. I am a huge advocate of using little times throughout the day to talk with your kids. We often waste moments in the car, mealtimes, and bedtimes by not having spiritual conversations with your kids. I am a big proponent of reclaiming those times to have good discussions. But that’s not exactly what this book does. It doesn’t reclaim a time. It helps you create a time, and make a habit of creating those times. Continue reading

Review: “How to be a Perfect Christian”

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This. Is. Satire. That being said, I guarantee that people will take this book seriously. They just won’t get the joke. Satire is funny, but it serves a greater purpose. It uses humor to pull back the veil on our social constructs that make no sense. The Babylon Bee’s “How to be a Perfect Christian” does not disappoint in this regard. It draws us in with humor, but then gives us a funhouse mirror look at “cultural Christianity.” Just some of the topics at which it takes aim: Continue reading

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