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Jamin D. Bradley

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  • Playing with Holy Fire

  • A Wake-Up Call to the Pentecostal-Charismatic Church
  • By: Michael L. Brown Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

From the Azusa Street Revival, which began in 1906, a movement has grown to bring more people to Jesus than any other movement in history. While secularism continues to be on the rise in today's society, many areas of the world still experience church growth, thanks to Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians. But the Pentecostal-Charismatic church is also plagued with sexual immorality, financial corruption, doctrinal error, personal flakiness, spiritual gullibility, prophetic abuse, and more. In many ways the state of the church today is not too different from how it was long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book We Charismatics Desperately Need

  • By Jamin D. Bradley on 04-09-18

A Book We Charismatics Desperately Need

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I began learning about and experiencing the ways of the Holy Spirit in college and it completely changed my life. But after spending some time in the movement, I found myself confused about many different things. I heard many strange and unbiblical theological statements and found that people far too often let experience write their understanding of God. Over the years I’ve actually felt some of this get even worse.

I never stopped believing in the Holy Spirit’s power and I’ve continued to try to practice and teach it as a pastor, but I decided to do so by immersing myself in the Scriptures and testing the people I was learning from. After years of learning, I even started writing a book on the subject.

All of that being said, this is hands down a book I give a 5 star review to. While loving the charismatic side of the church just as much as I do, Brown calls us all to account with a deep study of the Scriptures. I have felt nervous as of late with many of the charismatic books I’ve seen, but this one has encouraged me like few on the topic have over the years.

I’d consider it a must read for any charismatic, as well as for anyone who has been turned off by charismatics. Brown’s words will help God convict and clean us up if we’re willing to listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paul

  • A Biography
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and best-selling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology - transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church's most widely cited saints.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different type of writing for Wright is helpful

  • By Adam Shields on 04-25-18

An important read for church leaders

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

I love N.T. Wright, but I was confused when I first saw the title of this book. Was Wright trying his hand at fiction and trying to tell back the story of Paul from a first person view? If not, how much could he really say in a biography of Paul based off of the information we have today?

It ends up that there is a lot you can say about a person’s life by reading their mail and by working with all the other sources and studies out there. Wright takes us deep into Paul’s life, noting what we can firmly understand and what we can at times only speculate upon. It makes for a great read—in fact, an essential read for church leaders to truly understand the author that wrote so much of the New Testament.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Executing Grace

  • How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It's Killing Us
  • By: Shane Claiborne
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

In this reasoned exploration of justice, retribution, and redemption, the champion of the new monastic movement, popular speaker, and author of the best-selling The Irresistible Revolution offers a powerful and persuasive appeal for the abolition of the death penalty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Pathos Appeal

  • By Adam on 02-18-19

Wonderful and Complete

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Shane writes what may be one of the best books I've read since his own "Jesus for President." He continues in his prophetic role and boldly goes into hot topic territory, bringing both Biblical and historical research as well as story after story to illustrate the importance of life, justice, grace and forgiveness. I rarely feel changed or empowered after reading a book, but Shane somehow pulls it off every time, leaving me with beautiful, holy conviction.

  • This Is Awkward

  • How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection
  • By: Sammy Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Webb Wilder
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In This Is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes talks directly, honestly, and hilariously (because sometimes we need to laugh) about the most painfully uncomfortable subjects in our lives. In chapters like "Parents Are a Gift (You Can't Return Them)" and "D is for Depression", he boldly goes where most of us fear to tread, revealing that we can be liberated by the embrace of a god who knows the most shameful things about us and loves us all the same. Because nothing is too awkward for God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was awkward lived up to its name

  • By Jason E. Pittman on 07-10-16

An Amazingly Brutally Honest Book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-16

What did you like best about this story?

This book is well worth the read. Sammy reveals more about his struggles in this book than probably any other Christian book I've ever read, and that's what makes this book shine. He puts it all out there and I think it can only lead others struggling with the same issues towards healing. This is a book we should all read. The church is in need of this kind of refreshing honesty.

Any additional comments?

I will mention, however, that this book is a bit all over the place. I don't necessarily catch the theme, even in ties to the title. Each chapter kind of stands on its own. This doesn't make it a bad book by any means though. And while I like the pop culture references, they happen so often that some of them feel made for the sake of being made.