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Best of Reviews – July 12

We love the role we get to play in encouraging and equipping Christian leaders of leaders. We select books that we believe will exhort, inspire, and challenge them…and enrich their faith and trust in God along the way. In the midst of the joys and challenges of leadership, we see the value of reading, learning, and reflecting, so one never stops moving forward…and we love hearing what these great thinkers have to say about the books we send them! This week, we’re featuring reviews of titles from Baker Publishing Group. We are so grateful for their continued partnership!

July 12 - Play the Man

Play The Man (Mark Batterson)

Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships, and the reason God made them men. It’s in this “no-man’s-land” that New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson declares his mantra for manhood: play the man.

In this inspiring call to something greater, he helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. Mark shares inspiring stories of manhood, including the true story of the hero and martyr Polycarp, who first heard the voice from heaven say, “Play the man.” Mark couples those stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men who will put God first, family second, and career third.

This is more than a book; it’s a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be.

Visit playtheman.com for more info and a free downloadable father-son covenant, and Play The Man art. 


“Man, Play The Man was a winner! In our postmodern world, where many males are around but few men can be found, Mark Batterson presents seven timely and much-needed virtues of Godly manhood in his book, Play The Man. To all wanna-be Godly men out there – men who are man enough to sacrificially love and serve their God, wives and children, this book will inspire you. If however you don’t want to man up, then you just may want to stay clear of this book. It’s not for the weak, but courageous. Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.” ~ Rubberdart

“This is a fun book to read that also makes a great point on what it means to be a man, and how to lead your boys (as a father) to become men. His illustrations are excellent, and the marks of manhood put on display in a way that not only makes you want to pursue them, but also take others with you. This is a well written book, that was easy to read, and as a pastor gave me many preaching teaching ideas as well as fantastic sermon illustrations. Worth your time at the beach this summer! Rating: 5 stars out of 5.” – RG

July 12 - Women Who Move MountainsWomen Who Move Mountains (Sue Detweiler)

Amid our packed schedules and life’s curve balls, our hearts long for more. We want to live and love well; we want to be a source of joy and life for others. The good news is that we can–and the secret is found in the simple act of prayer. Prayer was never meant to be a recitation of requests, but rather a drawing closer to the heart of God.

In this book, Sue Detweiler reveals how to:

  • Exchange the obstacles of life for the promises of God
  • Pray with passion and confidence rather than fear and insecurity
  • Transform brokenness into wholeness, anxiety into peace, and disappointment into hope
  • Become a woman whose powerful prayers transform not only her own life, but the world around her

With a study guide and journaling prompts included, this is the perfect book to take you deeper in your prayer life, either on your own or with a group.


“This book is filled with encouragement to live through prayerful moments and prayerful daily living.  Sue’s practical advice and personal experiences have given her insight into prayer that encourages the soul.  God is in the business of listening and communicating with us as Christ-followers.  I have enjoyed her in-depth studies in some of the chapters. At the back of this book is a 21-day devotional guide.  An important resource for those looking to increase their prayer life and trust in a God who loves to hear us. Check out her website for other helps.” ~ Single Mom Survival SUCCESS

“…I am certainly glad to have read “Women Who Move Mountains” because it gave me plenty of food for thought about the life-changing power of praying with a heart that desires closer relationship with God. While not every chapter gave the same level of inspiration for me, each reader will undoubtedly have different gems that stand out to them and reveal God’s heart in a way that speaks specifically to their heart.” ~ Prairie Sky Book Reviews

July 12 - God Among SagesGod Among Sages (Kenneth Richard Samples)

Was Jesus just a spiritual leader, like Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, and Muhammad?
Or is he something else entirely?

In God among Sages, Ken Samples presents a biblical and historical portrait of Jesus, grounded in the claims Jesus makes about himself. Then he compares and contrasts Jesus with Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, and Muhammad and explores the competing philosophies of religious pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism. The result is a clear understanding of what sets Jesus apart as not simply a teacher to follow but God himself, worthy of our full allegiance and worship.


“Simply put, this book is about understanding who the Person of Jesus is both to Christians, other religions, and the world at large. Though not all perspectives are covered, the selected ones represent a large proportion of the world…This is a useful book for comparative religion and for training in how to speak and share the gospel with the different religions. Do not expect this book to turn you into some expert in the four major religions. The best thing is to be humble about our approaches and to be ready to defend our faith. Knowing the differences will help believers not to be so easily swayed by deceptive philosophies or erroneous religious thoughts. This is where this book could help. With the easy to understand tables and explanations, readers will be empowered to understand and to share…Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.” ~ Panorama of a Book Saint

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