The Most Misued Verses in the Bible - A Book Review

I first became aware of Eric Bargerhuff's book, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, via an excerpt in Christianity Today. I told my wife this was a book I needed to check out. When it came available for review I jumped on it.

This is a book that every believer needs to read and every pastor needs to take to heart. Bargerhuff takes the reader through seventeen of the most widely quoted verses that he feels are misused and misunderstood.

These verses range from "Do not judge..." (Matthew 7:1) to "Train up a child..." (Proverbs 22:6) and covers baptism, prayer and all points in between. I won't spoil the book but I will say each chapter challenged me to re-consider how I have used these verses in the past.

The basic premise of this book is this: Read the Scripture in context instead of cherry-picking the verses to fit our own preconceived agenda.

Reading this book was eye-opening for me. Though I did not agree with every conclusion, I found the journey spurring me on to look at Scripture in context before sharing the Word with others or applying it to my own life.

I can't ask for much more than that.

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Miraculous Movements: A Book Review

Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale is really two books in one. What drew me to this book was the tag line. I couldn't resist a book that says on the cover, "How hundred of thousands of Muslims are falling in love with Jesus."

Jerry Trousdale does share numerous stories of how Muslims are finding Christ all over Africa. Sometimes the change happens when a Muslim hears the story of Jesus face to face, sometimes the journey to Christ begins with a dream. The end result is the same, an encounter with the Living God. I would have been tickled if the book had ended there. However, the key to this book is the "How."

Jerry Trousdale works for CityTeam International. Throughout the book, Jerry shares the work of CityTeam International, including the use of a Discovery Bible Study and Disciple Making Movements. It seemed that the book dragged a little in these parts. Limited to the work of CityTeam in Africa, each story of transformation came back to these Disciple Making Movements. While obviously effective, it also felt like one long advertisement for this particular organization.

That being said, this is a book I would recommend to anyone interested in what God is doing in the lives of Muslims. Transformation is happening and we should all rejoice at that.

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