7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read

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(This article was previously posted at Top Christian Books (TCB Media). This is the short version of it.) 

Forget those thick and bulky books that you consider an essential read for Christians. Here are short, 100 pages less but excellent books that you should read. Also I included links to “The Quota ble Round-Up” that features awesome quotes from these books.

1.) “Apologetics Made Simple” by Jason L. Petersen – Petersen presents 5 keys on which apologetics in this straight forward book. If the word “apologetics scares you, let this brief book bare the essentials that is easy to remember and easy to apply.   (Here are  some selected quotes from this book)

2.) “A Primer on Free Will” by John Gerstner – A short book but an excellent treatment of free will. John Gerstner doesn’t just bombard us with biblical jargons and verses but started this book by giving a great illustration that will really stoke you out. If you want to grasp free will this book is an excellent one. (Here are  some selected quotes from this book)

3.) “A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Good Works and Rewards” by Mark Jones – Mark Jones sets out the biblical view on good works and rewards which is sometimes sets confusion among Christians who don’t want to fall into legalism and antinomianism. (Here are  some selected quotes from this book)

4.)  “Church History for Modern Ministry” by Dayton Hartman – Is church history relevant to our modern day ministry? How will it help our Christian living or apologetics from people, places and events that are so detached to our times? This book will help you understand the importance of knowing our history.

5.) “Transgender” by Vaughn Roberts – A brief introduction on a very controversial subject. Vaughn Roberts delivers  important points enough for a Christian to consider this issue.

6.) “Discerning Truth” by Jason Lisle – This maybe a companion book to “Ultimate Proof of Creation” but it’s a great read and a standalone too. Much of the debate between atheist and Christians specifically on the origins, are sometimes based on faulty logical statements. Dr. Lisle list out logical fallacies and how can a Christian these statements in this short but powerful book. (Here are  some selected quotes from this book)

7.)  “Why Bother with Church?” by Sam Allberry – Church life is essential to the believer as part of his spiritual growth. Sam Allberry gives a believer reasons why church is important in this short but great book by answering common questions Christians always ask. (Here are  some selected quotes from this book)

Do you have your own list of favorite short books? Please share it on the comment section.

 

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Translating John MacArthur: Delighting Grace Interviews Marlene Legaspi-Munar

 

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photo courtesy of Monergism.com

One of the most anticipated events in MIBF (or Manila International Book Fair) are book launches by some of the best publishing company in the country. It features newly released books the book lovers are anticipating. For OMF Literature this is an opportunity to showcase fresh Christian books for the Filipino readers. One of I think the best release they have is the conversational Tagalog version of two of the most sought after books of John MacArthur.

Recently I have book reviewed Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace which are a must read. The translation is done by author Marlene Legaspi -Munar. So Delighting Grace talked to Ms. Marlene about her latest translation project and more about the two books by John MacArthur.
Delighting Grace: How did you end up with an awesome translation gig?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I started translating years ago when a missionary friend, Mike Gingerich from Action International Ministries, asked me if I would be interested in translating the book The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. I did and I enjoyed the experience. Since then, I’ve translated modules, Bible study materials, and other books. Some of the books I’ve translated were published by CSM Publishing and OMF Literature. The latter published the Taglish (conversational Tagalog) translation of John MacArthur’s Found: God’s Will and Found:God’s Peace. The translated titles are Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace respectively.
Delighting Grace: Prior to the two books you have translated, do you enjoy reading books from John MacArthur?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I’ve read books by John MacArthur before, and have listened to his radio program over at 702 DZAS (a Christian AM station in the Philippines).
Delighting Grace: Which of the two books you have translated is more attached to you personally?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: Usapang God’s Peace is easily a favorite. It covers a topic most of us are interested in: how to overcome uncertainty, worry, and anxiety. The book reminds us to pray with thanksgiving and focus our thoughts on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8). It talks about peace and God’s grace as well. By God’s grace we have been saved, and it is also His grace that enables us to know God and serve Him. And as John MacArthur said, “God’s peace and grace are always available to us”. What a great comfort to know that.
Delighting Grace: Aside from translating the book to make it understandable, what other factors do you consider when translating a book?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: Of course, I have to adhere to the publisher’s style guide when translating. The goal of translating a book from English to Tagalog, or Taglish (combination of Tagalog and English, or also called conversational Tagalog) is to reach a wider audience who appreciate a book written in this language. So I always keep in mind that the goal is to make the book reader-friendly and easily understood while remaining faithful to the message of the source text.

Delighting Grace: Can you tell us the process of translating Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace.
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I was offered by Ian Magallona, senior editor of OMF Literature to translate both books, one after the other. I think it took me more than a month to finish translating each book.
Delighting Grace: If you have to choose one between the two, which do you think is the most needed book that our fellow Pinoys needs to read and why?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I believe both books, Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace will speak to many Pinoy because they address different needs. We need to know God’s will for our lives, and we certainly need God’s grace and peace to keep us going each day and to live meaningfully and abundantly.
Delighting Grace: Please invite us to get the copy of the books and also books you have written.
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: I hope you get a copy of Usapang God’s Will and Usapang God’s Peace, the Taglish translations of John MacArthur’s original titles Found: God’s Will and Found: God’s Peace. They’re available at OMF Literature Bookshops and other Christian bookstores.
Aside from these translated titles, you might also want to get a copy of the other books which I’ve written. My latest book is a travel-themed devotional called Traveler’s Notebook: Insights from Life’s Journey published by CSM Publishing. And if you’re a mother seeking how to balance family and work responsibilities, my other book How to be a Happy Working Mom published by OMF Literature could be the book you’re looking for. You can order online How to be a Happy Working Mom from Passages Books through this link.
You can also visit and like my author page on Facebook.

Delighting Grace: One last question, what if one day John MacArthur visited you and thank you for translating his books, how would you react?
Marlene Legaspi-Munar: First of all, it’s always an honor to serve God by translating books that communicate God’s will. I’m already blessed translating books by other authors, but a “thank you” from these authors would certainly be an encouragement!

 

The Quotable Round-Up #82

tpn6bjcHello guys! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring fresh quotes from Theron St. John’s book titled “Something More” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at Lulu.com.

“Inquiring about identity is an essential element in finding one’s purpose.” — Theron St. John, “Something More” #theronstjohn #somethingmore #purpose #satisfaction #meaning #joy

“Understanding the purpose, or aim of life, will enable one to endure the ups and downs of life.” — Theron St. John, “Something More” #theronstjohn #somethingmore #purpose #satisfaction #meaning #joy

“When someone can identify who they are at the core of their being, when they realize their purpose for life, and when this search for purpose couples with the pursuit of joy, the hoped-for result is to find satisfaction.”– Theron St. John, “Something More” #theronstjohn #somethingmore #purpose #satisfaction #meaning #joy

“Maybe the reason our relationships, possessions, and achievements fail to provide us with purpose and fulfill us with satisfaction is not because we are searching for what cannot be found. Maybe the issue is not in the objects in and of themselves. Maybe the vanity of our search stems from our ruling desires and expectations. In other words, the problem is not that we are looking for happiness. The problem is that we are looking for happiness in all the wrong places. We settle for lesser things.” — Theron St. John, “Something More” #theronstjohn #somethingmore #purpose #satisfaction #meaning #joy

“We can only unearth the root problem in our pursuit when we discover how far we’ve drifted from the grand and glorious purpose for our lives.” — Theron St. John, “Something More” #theronstjohn #somethingmore #purpose #satisfaction #meaning #joy

The Digital Round-Up # 18

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Book Review: Usapang God’s Peace by John MacArthur Jr.

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Last time I reviewed “Usapang God’s Will”, one of the books of John MacArthur that has been translated into Taglish. Now we move to the second book (and I’m praying this won’t be the last of it) which tackles anxiety. The book is titled “Usapang God’s Peace.”

Chapter 1 tackles the ground work of getting peace through prayer. Finishing this chapter you can say that this part is already a full course meal. I think we can already put it down and absorb the messageSo if this chapter already gets the cake, how much more are the succeeding chapters? MacArthur did an amazing job in this brief book.  Rich, deep and practical answers for an anxiety free situation.

The second chapter is a solid as the first but it comes with an intriguing inquiry. How does being humble bring about cure for anxiousness? It feels that it doesn’t connect.  Well that’s for you to read by getting this book. The book ends with key Scripture passages about anxiety.

“Usapang God’s Peace” is a must read book for who doesn’t settle for less. Well it’s a John MacArthur book so you’ll know it’s a winner.  Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

The Quotable Round-Up (Filipino Edition #2)

tpn6bjcAt muli pong nagbabalik ang  Filipino edisyon ng “The Quotable Round-Up” at akoy natutuwa dahil sa aking ibabahaging quotes. Mula ito sa kilalang pastor at teacher na si John MacArthur hango sa kanyang aklat na “Usapang God’s Peace”. Isinalin at nilimbag ito ng OMFLit at mabibili ito sa PCBS, NBS, Pandayan Bookshop at online. Nawa pagpalain kayo ng mga quotes na ito at bumili ng kopya ng aklat na ito.
“Ang real challenge ng Christian living ay hindi ang alisin ang bawat uncomfortable circumstances mula sa ating buhay kundi ang pagkatiwalaan ang sovereign, wise, mabuti, at makapangyarihang Diyos sa gitna ng bawat sitwasyon.” — John MacArthur Jr., “Usapang God’s Peace”  #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit
“Ang pangunahing paraan para maiwasan ang pagkabalisa ay ang panalangin. Ang tamang pag-iisip at kilos ang susunod na logical steps, pero lahat ito ay nagsisimula sa panalangin.” — John MacArthur Jr., “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

Bilang disciples ni Christ, kailangan nating tanggapin ang katotohanan na nadito tayo sa isang imperfect world at hayaan nating gawin ng Diyos ang Kanyang perfect work sa atin. Bibigyan tayo n gating Panginoon ng Kanyang peace habang ipinagkakatiwala natin ang sarili natin sa Kanyang pangangalaga.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang maling paraan ng paghandle ng mga stress sa buhay ay ang mag-worry tungkol sa mga ito. Tatlong beses sinabi ni Jesus, “Do not be anxious” (see Matthew 6: 25, 31, 34). Later inulit ni Paul, “Be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6, NASB). Kahit kalian ang pagwoworry ay isang kasalanan dahil nilalabag nito ang malinaw na utos ng Bible.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang akala ng ibang tao ang worry ay result ng labis na pag-iisip. Actually, result ito ng hindi sapat na pag-iisip sa tamang direksyon. Kung kilala mo kung sino ang Diyos at naiintindihan mo ang Kanyang purposes, promises and plans, makakatulong ito sa iyo para hindi ka mag-worry.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Being thankful will release you from fear and worry. Ito ay isang tunay na pagpapakita na ipinagkakatiwala mo ang iyong sitwasyon sa sovereign control ng Diyos.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

“Ang mananampalataya na hindi nagtitiwala sa sovereignty ng Diyos ay mawawlan ng kapayapaan ng Diyos at mapupuno ng kaguluhan ang puso.” – John MacArthur Jr. “Usapang God’s Peace” #anxiety #worry #Godspeace #johnmacarthur #omflit

The Quotable Round-Up #75

tpn6bjcHowdy to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring quotes from the book “Reviving New England” by Nate Pickowicz. And as always if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Churches have adopted business model and practices, pastors have watered down their sermons, praise bands have taken to performing rock concerts during the worship services, the Bible and theology have been minimized, pragmatism has taken a front seat, even the gospel itself has been minimized to all dangerous level-all to attract churchgoers, thus producing numerical growth. This often gets labeled “revival”. However, in many cases, these efforts consist of nothing more than man-made gimmicks that produce no lasting effects and create false converts.” – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

“The term “revival” did not come into common English usage until the time of Cotton Mather (1663-1728). It must be noted that revival is different than revivalism- the former being historically understood as “a surprising work of God” versus the latter, a man-made movement propagated to guarantee conversion results.” – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

“The church must be willing to herald God’s word unashamed, and in order to do this, we must be willing to give God His pulpits back.” – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

“It is from the pulpit that God speaks to His people through His word, so when His voice is removed and replaced with another, the church is quickly led astray. History bears witness to the fact than when the church loses her influence; the culture suffers, degrades and eventually falls. But worse than the damage to culture is the absolute tragic end of souls who meet their demise without ever being reconciled to God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.” – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

“Passages of text must be interpreted in their right context and applied correctly to the modern-day believer. Many Bible texts have been wrenched out of their context and butchered through spiritualizing their meaning. Making the text means something it was never intended to mean is called eisegesis, which betrays the text, rendering a sermon “unbiblical.”   – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

“So, what does biblical preaching mean? It means the Bible is your primary, secondary, and tertiary source. It means that the main idea of your sermon is not based on a TV show you recently watched, or a chapter of a book you just read. It means that you are endeavoring to deliver ro God’s people something from His word.” – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

“Passion is borne out of the soul, not out of the lungs. Louder preaching doesn’t equal better preaching. At best, a loud yet dispassionate preacher comes across as insincere, if not angry. The listeners of this kind of preaching will only feel yelled-at, and likely shut down. From where, then, does the passion to preach originate? It radiates from the burning heart of God’s servant.”  – Nate Pickowicz, “Reviving New England” #natepickowicz #revivingnewengland #revival #biblicalpreaching

Book Review: Ba’t Di Ako Rich? by William B. Girao

io5yxynMy wife bought this book yesterday and I feel hesitant to check it out. With the title “Ba’t Di Ako Rich?” (Why Am I Not Rich?) I thought Pastor Girao succumbed to the prosperity gospel. That’s why I ignore it in National Bookstore and PCBS. However reading the sub title “and other questions about everyday faith” it dawned to me that this is a Q and A sort of a book.

It was previously published with a different title (the former title wasn’t that catchy) and instead of 37 questions they narrowed it to 20 (which I think represents Pinoy Christian most asked questions). The book aims to answer questions that are very important to the Christian walk. These questions will assist Christians to live out their faith without hindrance. Written in Taglish, this book is surely easily understood by ordinary Pinoys.

Checking out the list of questions we find the usual (but nevertheless important like homosexuality, lust, horoscopes etc.,) topic discussed. Stand out topics for me are Filipino time and God’s will.  These 20 questions represent as 20 chapters and in every chapters/questions there are sub questions to further analyze the topic.

What I like with this book is the topic of giving time for God in the form of quite time, prayer and attending church extended to 5 chapters (16-20). For me this is crucial for the Christian walk and will further help the inquiring Christian.

If you want a book that will answer those questions leaves you wondering how to please God, get this book. “Ba’t Di Ako Rich?” is a helpful book and will encourage you walk by faith everyday.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

The Digital Round-Up # 10

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