Book Review: Three Deceivers

Aaron Erhardt has a new book out called Three Deceivers. I had the privilege of writing the foreword for the book. The following is what I wrote.
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Book Review: Characteristics of a Christian

Characteristics of a Christian (cover)Aaron Erhardt just released a new book: Characteristics of a Christian. The description from the Erhardt Publications website is below:

Characteristics of a Christian sets forth 10 qualities that Christians are to possess, including love, humility, hospitality, patience, boldness, etc. This book can be used effectively in adult and teenage classes. It is an “easy read” with questions at the end of each lesson.

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Book Review: 10 Facts About…

10 Facts About... (cover)I recently received a copy of Aaron Erhardt’s new book, 10 Facts About…. Below is a description of the book from the Erhardt Publications website:

10 Facts About… is an easy-to-read, quick resource for those who want facts on a particular topic without a lot of “digging.” 48 topics are covered in 10 bullet points each, with helpful footnotes at the bottom. Several topics have an accompanying article for further study. Topics include Christmas, Dinosaurs, Fasting, Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Mormonism, One Cup Controversy, Peter and the Papacy, Work Ethic, etc.

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Book Review: Torn Asunder

Torn Asunder (cover)I recently finished reading Torn Asunder: The Civil War and the 1906 Division of the Disciples by Ben Brewster. The book is about the history of the Restoration Movement leading up to the officially recognized division between the Disciples of Christ and the churches of Christ in 1906. But the author took an interesting approach by looking at how the Civil War impacted this division. An excerpt from the book is below:
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Book Review: Eli’s Quest for Truth

Eli's Quest for Truth (cover)I recently read Eli’s Quest for Truth by Casey Head. It’s a little different than the type of books I typically review here, but I thought it was good and worth mentioning.

This is a fictional story of a Galilean shepherd, Eli, living just before the time of Jesus’ public ministry. Eli sees the different factions that exist among the Jewish people and sets out on a quest for truth, seeking to determine which sect was right so he can become part of it.

As the story progresses, we see Eli’s conversations and experiences as he learns about the Pharisees, Sadducess, Essenes, Herodians, Zealots, and Samaritans. Reading about them in a story like this helps to explain the differences between these groups that are mentioned in the Bible. Eli’s Quest for Truth really helps to shed some light on who these groups were and how they fit into the history recorded in the New Testament.
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Book Review: Digression

DigressionDigression is the latest book by Aaron Erhardt in which he tackles the threat of apostasy within the Lord’s church that comes as a result of Christians failing to see the church as being distinct from the churches of man. Once the Lord’s church is seen as being no different than a human denomination, then these denominations become something to be emulated rather than opposed.

What Aaron deals with in his book is nothing new. Every generation must be taught about the one true church and the need for Bible authority in all that we do. Our generation is no different. If these lessons are not taught and learned, then we should not be surprised when the Lord’s church cannot be distinguished from the denominations. We sometimes hear, “the church is only one generation away from apostasy.” This is true. And that is why Aaron’s book is so important.
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Book Review: Lifelong Zeal

Lifelong Zeal by Phillip ShumakeLifelong Zeal: How to Build Lasting Passion for God is a new workbook by Phillip Shumake. In it, he shows how we can develop the type of zeal that God wants us to have by taking us through the seven step process that Christ used to develop this sort of zeal in the life of Peter.

The book contains 22 chapters. Each chapter has a few pages of reading, some thought questions, and more, making it helpful for both individual and group Bible studies.

What I liked most about this book is that it explained how to be zealous in a very practical way. We have all heard that we are to be “zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:14). But how can we keep our service to God from becoming a grudging obligation? How do we develop and maintain the desire to serve God and do what is right? Phillip does a good job explaining in practical terms how we can move past merely doing good deeds – often grudgingly, apathetically, or incompletely – to being “zealous for good deeds.”

Read more about Lifelong Zeal at the book’s website: LifelongZeal.com. If you are interested, you can purchase the book through that site or through Amazon.com.