Monday, August 8, 2016

Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life by John Piper



John Piper has been a household name for quite some time. A number of his books have resided on our bookshelves for several years but I had yet to actually read an entire one.  What I have read, I have greatly enjoyed and respected but I haven't always had enough time to fully digest the weight of his writings.

Taste and See is the perfect literary appetizer for anyone who has wanted to read Piper's works but has not had the time or interest for tackling one of his longer works. The book comprises 125 meditations that all point to God's supremacy. Topics cover a wide range of human experience: aging, adoption, influences on youth, relativism, finding God's will, and suffering to name a few.

While one could read the meditations cover to cover in order, I think the rich worth of this book is to find an essay that meets a felt need. The Table of Contents includes the title as well as a descriptive subtitle to help you quickly locate a topic of interest. There is also a very detailed Subject Index in the back that will help readers pinpoint very precise topics.

Readers can also explore the Person Index to find references within the book to notable figures such as Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis, David Brainerd, Jonathan Edwards, J.I. Packer, George Mueller, and many others. Additionally, there is a Scripture Index to allow readers to find an essay on a particular passage of Scripture.

Taste and See is an excellent way to not only taste and see God's supremacy, but also to sample some of Piper's writing. This would make an excellent book to use in family worship. Each chapter is filled with Bible references that can be explored. It would make a wonderful gift for someone in the hospital or bedridden and needing encouragement. It would also make an excellent graduation gift--providing a ready source of Biblical truth for those venturing out on their own.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Taste and See from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Cantaloupe Thief by Deb Richardson-Moore



The Cantaloupe Thief alternates between the present day and a crime that occurred a decade earlier. As the tenth anniversary of the crime approaches, the local newspaper wants to do a feature on the unsolved case. Branigan Powers gets assigned a story with a possible connection between the crime and the local homeless population.

Branigan has a pastor friend, Liam, whose church has made it their mission to reach out to people that society often considers "invisible."  Branigan believes that one of the homeless in the area may know something about the crime and so she starts nosing around at the local missions interviewing people who have lived in the area since the crime 10 years before.

Her questions stir up a hornet's nest as one after another person mysteriously dies. Soon Branigan's own life is in danger and she's not sure who she can trust.  Can Branigan find the killer before becoming the next victim?  Meanwhile, her personal life is unraveling as her long lost twin suddenly shows up in town with problems of his own. Trying to help him and solve a crime get very complicated--and dangerous.

The Cantaloupe Thief offers an exciting mystery while also highlighting the factors that contribute to homelessness and the struggles that keep people on the streets.  Readers may also enjoy a visit to the author's website.  To read an interview with Deb Richardson-Moore, check out this article from Greenville Online.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Cantaloupe Thief from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.