Ask For the Ancient PathsThe sub title of this book is “Discovering What Church is Meant to Be.”  I was given this book for free because this is something that I’ve been wondering ever since I decided that I didn’t necessarily agree with the practices of what I had learned growing up in the faith and began to find myself wondering whether the truth was closer to what the New Testament church practiced than where we find ourselves today.

Most Christians tend to try to place their tradition with the founders, and with good reason.  Even at the time of the Apostles there were many different types of apostate beliefs circulating around—the Judiazers and the Gnostics being two of the more well known ones.  So it doesn’t surprise me when I read anyone making the claim that they are the true church.  What fascinates me is that this book showed me that I really didn’t know my history as well as I should.

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Living as a ChristianOne of the things that I like most about A.W. Tozer is that while reading his writings he makes me want to get closer to God.  You can tell this man had a relationship with God, and even though, after reading as many of his works as I have and seeing the themes, there are still depths to be discovered anew with him.

This book is billed as “Never Before Published” and it reads like a sermon series on the book of First Peter.  One of the chapter headings heads up the feel of the whole book when it talks about how the Christian is a stranger in a strange land.  Many of the passages focus on trying to get the reader to come to grips with and internalize the idea that he is not of this world, that this world does not determine his worth, and that this world has no power over us and cannot harm us because we are not of it.

The Christian, Tozer says, believes what he cannot see, and has hope for the future.  If we could get ahold of this truth, if we could internalize it such that it made a difference in our lives, the power that could be had by us would be amazing.

I-Am-A-Follower_thumbI have to admit, I had high expectations for this book.  The beginning starts out strangely—it asks you to watch a YouTube video and then introduces you to the concept of being a follower, specifically, the first follower.

The author then states that Jesus is like the first dancer shown in the video, and that we are all to be followers, and the first person that stands up is a follower.

With that in mind, I was pretty excited about the book, believing that it would be a lot about how the leadership style of worship is backwards and we really should be followers.  Unfortunately, what I kept expecting and looking for never really materialized.

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Ascent-From-Darkness_thumbAscent from Darkness follows the life story of the author, Michael Leehan, through his own eyes.  This first person narrative sounds authentic in its style, and makes you marvel at the depths a man can sink to.  It also challenges you to take a look at those around you and to examine just what is behind them, animating and motivating them.

This book will challenge what you think about the satanic world around you and motivate you to consider what Leehan found—the power of the Gospel.

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