ReadersMagnet Review recommends these five Christian books to read this April 2021.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Bestselling author and Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus is a powerful personal book about finding faith. In this inspiring work, a former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune shares his own spiritual journey from being an atheist to a man of faith. Strobel retraces his personal journey and old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies by various experts. Strobel confronts them essential questions like ‘How reliable is the New Testament?’, ‘Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible?’, and ‘Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?’ These questions contribute to a relevant pursuit for the truth about Jesus Christ, both as a historical figure and God’s only son.
Stations of the Risen Christ by Frank Heelan
Stations of the Risen Christ: Easter Reflections is an interesting devotional book by Frank Heelan. It was published in 2020. Heelan’s 52-page book takes us to one of the most important events in Christianity- the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus’s death on the cross is a timeless symbol for all Christians. A discussion on the importance of the Cross of Christ on Heelan’s book also features His Resurrection and subsequent appearances to over 500 disciples. Heelan shares the fourteen scripture readings followed by brief meditations in the hopes that we can better understand the significance of Jesus’s suffering and death. And most importantly, Stations of the Risen Christ invites us to share in Christ’s suffering through our daily living and interactions with one another. Frank Heelan’s remarkable work is rich with wisdom and new insights that we should all take a moment to absorb.
God’s Wisdom for a Fair and Just World by Dr. Jim Richards
God’s Wisdom For a Fair And Just World: The Simple Truth That Can Bring Peace, Safety, And Justice To Our World is the complete title of the 2020 book by Jim Richards. The book is both a socio-political critique and a review of our current moral and spiritual values. In this compelling book, Dr. Jim Richards warns us of a lie that’s destroying humanity and bring chaos everywhere. He reminds us that only truth can save us and bring forth a more just and human world and that truth lies in Christ and our faith in God. Filled with passion, Dr. Jim Richard’s fiercely discussed the values and wisdom that we need to adopt if we are to survive the changing times.
Maximize Your Influence by Phil Cooke
Maximize Your Influence: How to Make Digital Media Work for Your Church, Your Ministry, and You is a unique and exciting read by seasoned television and film program producer and professor Phil Cooke. Maximize Your Influence serves like a manual for pastors and church leaders to speak the language of this generation. Cooke recognizes that although the Church’s message does not change, the ways to reach and influence followers have certainly evolved, especially with the advent of the digital age. In this book, the veteran media consultant talks about Branding and Positioning, Marketing, Communication, and Websites, Social Media, Video, Digital, and Streaming Media, Publishing, Television, and Fundraising, and many more. Maximize Your Influence is a must-read for modern-day shepherds of the Lord.
When Prayer is a Struggle by Kevin Halloran
Published early this year, When Prayer is a Struggle is Kevin Halloran’s debut book. As the title hints, Halloran’s book discusses the struggle in praying and hopes to impart some wisdom on how to improve our praying habits. In today’s busy and hectic society, it’s easy for most of us to engage in perfunctory praying or simply memorizing prayers. Often, we even struggle to pray properly and communicate with God in a meaningful and sincere manner. Halloran’s When Prayer is a Struggle guide and encourages us to appreciate prayer and rediscover the joy and inspiration in praying. As a practical guide, the book helps you to identify areas of weakness in your prayer life and offer immediate solutions to arrest these problems. When Prayer is a Struggle is an enlightening read, to say the least.