On My Bookshelf: April 2018

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Last month I began a new series of introducing books that I recommend straight from my bookshelf. It's always fun to learn about new books, and I'm excited to introduce you to these three! What books do I recommend this month? 

Divine Allurement by Ashley Null

Divine Allurement: Cranmer's Comfortable Words can be more accurately described as a booklet as it is only 14 pages long. Originally given as a lecture, Null is addressing the meaning and theology behind Thomas Cranmer's Comfortable Words. Cranmer's Comfortable Words are made up of verses of Scripture: Matthew 11:28, John 3:16, 1 Timothy 1:15, and 1 John 2:1-2. This book, then, is truly an exposition of Scripture. I highly recommend this book to you! It's theologicaly and gospel-rich! Here's what Null says at the end of his book, "Now the Comfortable Words became God's divine instrument to allure believers to seek union with Christ and each other in heavenly places."

Wurmbrand: Tortured for Christ - The Complete Story

This biography is a new release from Voice of the Martyrs about its founders, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand. Written by one of my closest friends, the Wurmbrand story is captivating in both its content and narration. It's been difficult for me to put the book down this weekend. Buy one for yourself and give one to a family member or friend! Here's a short description of the book: 

On February 29, 1948, Richard Wurmbrand was arrested by the secret polic. His crimes? Leading Christian worship and witnessing--both of which were illegal under the atheistic Communist regime in Romania. Richard spent fourteen years in prison. He was tortured, beaten, and locked into a solitary confirment cell. Sabina Wurmbrand spent three years in a labor camp, nearly freezing to death. ... But Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand had an unshakeable faith in Christ. Neither of them gave up hope, and neither of them would stop talking about Jesus.

A Meditative Journey Through the Psalms by Timothy and Julie Tennent

This book, along with its companion, A Metrical Psalter: The Book of Psalms Set to Meter for Singing, are rich devotional resources to help you pray and reflect on the Psalms in a meaningful way. Also, the way these books are presented make them feel like a collector's edition and would make for a beautiful gift to give someone. I have personally found this book to be a meaningful aid in my morning devotions. Here's the description on the Meditative Journey book: 

While no single meditation could even begin to exhaust the meaning and insight of any given psalm, these particular meditations are the result of many prayerful conversations about each of these psalms that have arisen from a daily practice of psalm singing over the years. These meditations are not intended to be a formal commentary on the Psalms, however it may surely serve as a guide for anyone who wants to engage the Psalms in a deeper way.

I'll be back next month with more book recommendations. Comment or email me with some of your book recs!