A Personal Application Guide to Instinct
The Power to Unleash your Inborn Drive
By T.D. Jakes
Easy to read – Instructional
T.D Jakes has a way of taking a complex message and simplifying it. In “Your Instinct in Action”, he has written a practical and personal application to refocus people on the God-given instincts that we all have, but tend to ignore for more worldly techniques. Knowledge over experience.
The chapters are short and easy to read. Each chapter focuses on one area to apply your instinct. There is some easy to follow teaching, evaluation exercises, reflective practices, a practical application, and self-assessment to help you apply the new knowledge into practical experience.
I found the early part of the book in renewing my thinking about my God-given instinct, then picked individual chapters to read and ponder on, particularly around my purpose and dreams.
I recommend this book for those who want to grow, and are sick of being stuck in the same patterns of life.
By Paul Moes and Donald Tellinghuisen
The Christian faith and Psychology do not usually sit together. Moes and Tellinghuisen have written a textbook at undergraduate level for studying the topic.
They address five Biblical themes about man and explain how that fits around modern psychology. The work is comprehensive, presents arguments supporting different viewpoints.
An ideal textbook for Christians studying psychology.
Reviewed by Heath Henwood.
Discerning your call to Ministry
By Jason K. Allen
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
Subtitled: How to know for sure and what to do about it.
Broken into ten chapters, with bits hanging on either end, this book describes what motivation and characteristics required to be in ministry, about how to called, and engaging in ministry.
With many anecdotal comments and reflections from Allen’s life, the book takes into consideration some Scriptures and quotes from Spiritual giants. It does answer any questions, but does take a reader on a winding journey prompting them to make a decision if ministry is for them.
I found that the book was a mix of Christian Leadership and Church Ministry. Many of the qualities that Allen talks about as required for Ministry, are required for any leadership role in the church. Although this may be a difference in interpretation in Scriptures that we may have.
In his pastoral epistles, the apostle Paul lists some high standards for church leaders: character above reproach, teaching ability, management skills, self-control—the list goes on, and the grading curve is steep. It makes us ask, “Do I really want to be a church leader?”
While a tool to help people make the decisions, it will help people consider some aspects. It is not however a tool that a prospective minister should rely on, and not the best book on this subject available.
I was given a free copy of this book from Netgalley and Moody Publishers in return for an honest review.
Paul and Gender
Reclaiming the Apostle's Vision for Men and Women in Christ
by Cynthia Long Westfall
This is a well written and argued text with substantial documented references.
The book aims to explore Pauline passages that concern gender. While I agree with some of Westfalls’s arguments, and disagree with other conclusions, this body of work summaries and adds to the body of work on the theology of Pauline concepts and Biblical gender roles, which has polarised scholars in recent decades.
Cynthia Westfall is generally regarded as a respected scholar of the New Testament.