Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life.

Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life by Brent Crowe is an amazingly thought-provoking book.  To be honest, when I first picked up the book I had a slight bias against the author because of my previous encounters hearing him in a youth pastor context in which I mistakenly understood him to be shallow and less than sincere… I was wrong (and never should have judged my brother so quickly).  Thankfully, I was able to move well past my personal biases and gain better perspective through reading this book.

Readers who pick up Chasing Elephants will find a well thought out, decently articulated, and challenging discussion on the nature of freedom in Christ.  The book is divided into two major portions: First, Brent  fleshes out what it means to have freedom and a frame-work from which to make decisions in the gray area’s of life.  Second, he applies the frame-work to challenging topics such as:  homosexuality, the internet, social drinking, entertainment and humanitarian efforts.

The only real draw back to the book was that throughout the book the author would make several sarcastic or side statements intended for humor.  While theses statements would add value in a public speaking venue, they did not come across the same in print and I found them to be detracting rather than enhancing the argument the author was trying to make.  Over all I really appreciated the book and highly recommend it.  The retail price is $14.99 (Paperback), and is available at a discount at  Amazon.com for $10.61. I gave it FOUR stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Check out “Real-life Discipleship” by Jim Putman (this guy gets it)

Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples by Jim Putman is a must read for anyone serious about discipleship!  It is packed with Biblical, simple, and time-tested  strategy on how to help people grow in Christ. I really appreciated Jim’s pastoral style of writing that bleeds through on every page.  While handling the truth of God’s word, Jim is sure to pull readers into the story of redemption and call them to take up the mantle of discipleship. After reading hundreds of books I have come to learn that not all books are equal.  If you had to read only one book on discipleship (besides the Bible), this is the book. I was blessed, encouraged and even rebuked in areas of my own life while reading this book.

I was first turned on to this resource after reading Avery Willis and Mark Snowden’s book Truth that Sticks (another book well worth a read).  After reading that book I commented that more books would be needed, this is one of those books!  I am excited an encouraged all at once about the series of books that are coming out of NavPress on the topics of discipleship.

Real-life Discipleship is a clarion call back to a biblical model of discipleship.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in developing a biblical model of discipleship in their church.  The retail price is $17.99 (Hardcover), and is available at a discount at  Amazon.com for $12.23. I gave it FIVE stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”