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(Because everybody else is reading them.)

These are short takes on titles that I’ve read.  Books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name. If I have written a longer and more detailed review already, a link is included.  Many such reviews are intended; if you would like to hear more soon about any particular book, let me know in the comments below.  First-time commenters will have to be screened, so don’t be surprised if your note doesn’t pop up immediately.

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Author: Alcorn, Randy
Title: Money Possessions and Eternity (Revised Edition)
Publication Info:  Tyndale House Publishers, 2003. (503 pp. with Appendices, Study Guide, notes, Scripture & general indices at the back.)
Subject Matter:  Theological and practical information and advice about the stewardship that Christians are called to exercise.
Intended Audience:  Christian believers.
Best Thing(s): Practical suggestions for living within your means, practicing generosity, and being thoughtful about standard-of-living decisions.
Worst Thing(s):  Motivational heterodoxy evident in the frequently expressed belief that each individual act of generosity provides actual building materials to Jesus who is assembling our personal heavenly dwelling; equivocal and unconvincing argument for the tithe being a law for Christians, coupled with the repeated assertion that neglecting the tithe is breaking such a law (“robbing God”); frequent out-of-context application of Scriptures referring to finances.
Recommendation:  Not the best guide for financial wisdom, though there is some in there.  Most of it is a waste of time.
Detailed Review: (Pending)

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Author:  Duguid, Barbara R.
Title:  Extravagant Grace
Publication Info:  Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2013. (237 pp. with study questions at the end of each chapter and notes in the back.)
Subject Matter:  “Why do Christians keep sinning?”  Contemplation of this question based on the writings of John Newton.
Intended Audience:  Evangelical Christians; Reformed believers.
Best Thing(s):
Worst Thing(s):  Hyper-determinism:  Christians fail and fall because God intends us to do so and arranges our failures so that we will learn to rely on him fully.  The Holy Spirit’s help is only given sometimes; God may withdraw it to let us fall and learn this lesson.  Does not view sanctification as Christians gradually (and with some effort) “getting better,” but as an opportunity to increasingly see ourselves as failures in need of a great Savior.
Recommendation:  Pace my friends who like this one for its uncompromisingly high view of the Savior, I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to any Christian believer.
Detailed Review:  (Pending)

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