The Master’s Mind The Art of Reshaping Your Thoughts by Lance Hahn

October 18, 2017

This timely book dissects the fiercely personal arena of thought life. The way each one of us retreats into the personal world of our thoughts testifies to the type of person we truly are. It consists of habits formed through the life cycle but if a believer expects victory which is the expected birthright of faith in Jesus than idle thoughts need focus.

A thought life left undirected drifts along, as a boat left unanchored on the shoreline migrates to deep water and finds rest in troublesome abodes. The seat of being rests in thought life so untrained thoughtful people become settled in mediocrity. Hahn dissects the problem of untrained thoughts and offers the solution of taking captive every thought unto the obedience of Christ. Give your mind something to do by considering various memorized Scripture and as a disciple of the Lord master your thoughts to the wholesome place of God.

This teaching by Hahn offers training that most Christians need but they escape the implementation due to various reasons. This book offers a jewel everyone needs in a little more than 200 pages. Sunday School classes, discipleship training, book clubs, and basic voracious readers could use Hahn’s book as a study. Everyone plagued by unfocused thoughts would benefit from reading this book which also lends itself to any study group looking for a subject.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Master’s Mind from W Publishing Group for reviewing purposes. These opinions are my own.

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Musings upon the Passion

April 12, 2017

Jesus came to earth primarity to be sinner’s substitute. Each believer had been given to Christ in eternity past, that in coming to earth He understood and knew intimately each one who would come to believe in Him. Jesus died for the sin of the entire world, meaning that each sinner could come but He died for a particular people. Jesus died for His sheep. He knew each one, all of the details of their lives, and He chose to willingly submit to the torture of the cross for them. He had in His mind each one of His beloved ones. Remember this day, soon working to Good Friday, how Passion Week wound itself up that from a triumphal entry into Jerusalem He ended the week dead in a borrowed tomb. Death never could hold God but its grip was there. Think upon the sacrifice Jesus made and in fact became to secure salvation.

Review for The Resurrection Fact

April 3, 2017

Review on The Resurrection Fact

Bombaro, John J. & Francisco, Adam S. The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics. New Reformation Publications: Irvine, CA. 2016.

This book, authored by 9 separate writers and the two above also are the editors, attempts to augment a resurgence for the Luther led Reformation of five centuries prior. The main Christian doctrine being the resurrection with its tag a long’s being the death of Jesus upon a Roman cross, the burial of the corpse by Joseph of Arimathea that same evening, and then the resurrection back to life of the physical body of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. The articles pick apart the main arguments against these tenets, brought together in written form in the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-19, that Jesus is risen, indeed. The authors discuss that the actual historical Jesus being alive in Palestine some 2,000 years ago who went on to die is of little contestation but some will still stick with an idea that the Gospel accounts are myths. These people, at least among serious scholars, are rare. The idea that this same Jesus dying upon a Roman cross is disputed by some. The Muslim Quran teaches that Jesus did not die rather Allah took him to heaven without seeing death. This account was authored some six centuries after the fact while we have eyewitness accounts of his death including the Roman ruler of that area, Pontus Pilate. The Quran’s case than is discounted by serious scholars due to its conflict with the eyewitnesses to Jesus’ death. The burial of Jesus gets more disputations, including the scholar John Crossan with his progressive Christianity, and these would claim that the apostles merely thought that they saw a risen Lord before them. Some of the disciples witnessed an apparition, others a strong light as did Paul, and the others were just mistaken about seeing Jesus. These progressives believe Jesus’ body was left to rot with the main carcass consumed by scavengers. The Resurrection is accepted throughout the book as the logical conclusion for we have eye witness accounts written within 30 years of the events plus two Gospel accounts written through compilations of witness accounts. This readable account serves well as a basic introduction to apologetics for any Christian regardless of the level of prior knowledge. It serves pastors as a guide to encourage and equip his flock to bear witness to the Resurrection. This book serves any reader who wishes to read an account concerning the reasons Christians believe. I received an advanced copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews for an honest review of this book.   

“Tangled Ashes” by Michele Phoenix

November 2, 2012

Author Michele Phoenix has weaved a tale set in 21st century France in a chateau or manor with a haunting past from the time of German occupation during World War II. She weaves a tapestry of wounded actors who must deal with demons of today and yesterday. The novel grips the reader and its length of 371 pages affords an easy digest. Tangled Ashes offers the best of historical fiction with a touch of mystery and foreboding of secrets that were considered buried.

Marshall Becker, an architect with issues in need of closure along with a drinking problem, agrees to renovate a broken castle in Lamorlaye, France. The keeper of the home, Jade, who is a nanny with her own issues, confronts Becker and manages the present day owner’s children. The rush to finish an extensive refurbishment causes great angst in Becker who becomes perhaps the most sympathetic character. Becker must deal with the hidden tragedies of the French maids who became entangled in a project of the devious Himmler of Germany’s wartime government.

I enjoy history and I love the way the history of the chateau was brought out and tied into the present. The author, Michele Phoenix, provides a suspense thriller through leaving the reader guessing through the entire story.

I was provided a free copy of the book for review by Handlebar and was asked for my honest review. These are all my honest reflections upon this novel.

Review of the NKJV The Open Bible

September 21, 2012

The Open Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishers confers great study aids alongside a crisp, literal translation of the Holy Scriptures, the New King James Version. The Biblical Cyclopedic Index alone causes this to be a premiere study Bible for it combines features of a concordance and a topical index into a handy reference source. The index lists names, places, and events for easy reference. The next feature of great value is the introductory notes for each one of the 66 books in the Bible and contains information of authorship and content. The outlines of each book aid in understanding. Another feature of the book introductions is a column on how Christ Jesus is either foretold or explained within the particular book. Other features of The Open Bible include notes on particular Biblical passages which combine into an advanced study course on the Christian life, articles on how to study the Bible, archaeology in Bible lands, a reading plan, the parables of the Lord, the laws of the Old Testament, and a guide for Christian workers. These features combine into a study Bible that aids the understanding of the reader.

The Open Bible lives up to its name through the use of the cyclopedic index and reading the notes scattered throughout the main text. I found myself studying longer and more deeply through following topics in the cyclopedic index along with the chain references in the main text. The New King James Version is a literal translation with a reputation for clarity and readability. I recommend The Open Bible for all people who wish to study the Bible.

BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.

Review of “The Coming Revolution”

August 7, 2012

The Coming Revolution: Signs From America’s Past That Signal Our Nation’s Future by Dr. Richard G. Lee Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2012. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.

Dr. Lee begins the book at America’s founding and offers insight into factors that made America great. He provides parallels from the Puritans’ day into contemporary American society. One main theme of Dr. Lee is that America’s greatness comes from its goodness so it is self- generating. He provides insight that current trends demand a revolutionary response from Christian people. The Great Awakening in the 1730 & 40’s provided the fire to the American Revolution so a new awakening will bring America back to the source of greatness which is in righteousness.

This book aught to be read and studied by all patriots of America plus it offers a source book for historical study by grade school students. This book ties events from the American nation’s founding to our day and presents hope that a resurgence of righteousness will polish our American national character.

Review of “Nearing Home”

January 5, 2012

The life and times of Billy Graham mark a revolutionary ministry of preaching that affected the totality of evangelism world-wide in the post-World War II era. The Rev. Graham now writes in a clear fashion what some issues are that we must all plan for with retirement and setting up an estate. Most of all, Dr. Graham shares what we must do to meet God. His introductory statement “I never thought I would live to be this old” nevertheless mixes with sage advice on taking care of family and one’s own self.

Graham’s book covers his material in a four pillared system: building enduring foundations, embracing change while pursuing challenges, decision making, and the impact of hope. He mixes anecdotal tidbits, especially sharing concerning the loss of his dear wife, and weaving a tapestry that while it can be good to ‘retire’ it is better to reengage life with revised activities. God always has tasks for us to do that we can embrace through life. God called many leaders and workers late in life and provided them all the strength they needed.

I believe this book’s legacy is hope and to keep working for God’s kingdom. All believers need this book and all others would benefit by reading it.

Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well  by Billy Graham,  Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2011. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.

Review on “December 1941” by Craig Shirley

December 15, 2011

December 1941: 31 Days That Saved America and Changed the World by Craig Shirley, Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2011. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.

The events that brought America into the Second World War unfolded quickly in December 1941 with obviously far reaching consequences. Shirley writes of the major events that occurred each day of that pivotal month but blends the war news with cultural and popular tidbits. The rage in the newspapers are given a fresh viewing of a time distant yet so near that living eye witnesses still abound.

Shirley’s book places a fresh view of those years which seem so long ago yet have great meaning to our time. The popular culture of baseball, rationing, blackouts, and the coming of the “arsenal of Democracy” comes into view with the use of newspaper ads and stories. Conversely, the time saw a great expansion of newspapers as people hungry for war news snapped up copies of the newspaper. The economy actually changed with certain occupations such as automakers and confectioners changed into munitions workers and bakers. Unemployment virtually became erased overnight yet people had to change, if only because most women had to work to fill the spaces left by all the war bound men. The shadow of isolationists’ and “the America First” crowd became much reduced but not completely eliminated. Shirley has written a real page turner for readers who enjoy a good story, and it is essential reading for lovers of history who will enjoy the references to common culture throughout the book.

Review of Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Vickery & Mansfield

November 29, 2011

Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Paul Vickery & Stephen Mansfield,  Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2011. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.

President George Washington, arguably more than any other person, personified exactly what an American was by establishing the model of government, helping to ensure ratification of the constitution by the states, and defending her with life, limb, and treasure. This book represents an encompassing examination of a life lived in a rough country, led by Providence, and governed under moral purity.

Vickery & Mansfield’s book covers the former president well, detailing major events in his life especially in the military area. Presented as a novice soldier under General Braddock, the young Colonel quickly distinguished himself as a born leader who saved many soldiers’ lives with quick thinking. Later during the Revolutionary War, the commanding General fashioned a new army literally under the sights of a great continental one. Lessons were learned sometimes not as quickly as one would hope, but the impressive firmness of his personal resolve staid his course. Washington comported himself always according to his moral compass and trusted always in the Providence that ruled human affairs. This book serves as a valuable refresher on the time period and serves all readers as an introduction to the father of this country.

Review “MacArthur Defiant Soldier” by Mitchell Yockelson

August 15, 2011

MacArthur: Defiant Soldier by Mitchell Yockelson Thomas Nelson, Inc.: Nashville, 2011. Reviewer: Robert Marx. BookSneeze® provided me with an advance free copy of the book for review purposes.

A hard buckling, dangerous, and patriotic life of one who did all things with élan that the American nation required of him describes General of the Army Douglas MacArthur. He led from the front, taking on danger from determined enemies, in a classic life that all service members should become familiar. Yockelson completes a masterful compilation on this gifted soldier, focusing on the relationships that formed him, and covered all major events of a life but without focusing narrowly. A private devotion to the God of the Bible describes the General’s creed but the author showed that faith walk in the context of a life lived in the crosshairs of many enemies.

This book thunders for a wide dissemination. A life as long as MacArthur’s with all the players and people of distinction could be a biographer’s nightmare yet the writer focused on the entirety of the life with the theme of bringing an exemplary life into the purview of new generations of Americans. The book flows as a real page turner, covers epochal events and people , and demonstrates the unimpeachable courage of a Medal of Honor designate who emerged from the Great War as America’s most decorated soldier yet went on to the Second World War to be awarded the Medal. The events of MacArthur’s fall from the public eye are related without besmirching the honor the old soldier always retained. All book readers who enjoy an exciting story, patriotic Americans who want to learn of their historic heroes, and educators who keep an eye for great biographies should both read and understand this book.