Book Review: Essentials by Lee McMunn

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It’s great that McMunn starts his book with the Trinity unlike the usual gospel presentation. At first you might think it’s a short book about doctrine, but it’s not. Essentials is an evangelistic book . Essentials is giving a step by step explanation of the gospel. And as I have said McMunn started this book with the Trinity and ends with an invitation to have a relationship with God. Essentials is a presentable evangelistic tool because of appealing title, chapter title and cover image.

There are downsides in book. First, in chapter 3 which illustrates how Jesus rescues. Although the context is answering the question “So why didn’t he save himself? Why did Jesus stay on the cross?” an illustration of a kid drowning is not the biblical way to represent humanity submerged in sin. Total depravity points us that we are not drowning but dead at the bottom of the river.  Second the sinner’s prayer at the last part of the book, which is for me unbiblical. Decisionism is not part of the gospel message.

Essentials is a good book but has problematic issues. If for not those issues, I would have graded this book a bit higher.  Still you can benefit reading it for yourself and use some parts of it for your personal evangelism.

My verdict:

3.5 out of 5

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Essentials” by Lee McMunn

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Living with my in law who needs a dialysis twice a week, me and my wife need to adjust. I have a graveyard shift so my time in the morning is flexible. But I need to make much of those dialysis sessions. So I decided, since I’ll be taking my father in law two times a week (Tuesday and Friday) at the hospital for his 4 hour dialysis session, I might as well bring some digital “baon”. Aside from e-books, I’ll be listening to various podcast from Spotify. It’s a mix bag of Reformed theology, business, comics and kid lit. I want those 4 hours to count as I listen, enjoy and learn.

Anyways, here’s Lee McMunn’s book Essentialspublished by 10 of Those.  If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering at the 10 of Those website. Book review of this book is coming up.

“The Bible teaches that the God who is responsible for all the good and beautiful things, from the tiniest particle to the grandest planet, is a united family of three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

“The Bible says it’s because the God who made us is a relationship of three persons, and we have been created to live in a similar way. That’s why relationships are so important to us.”

“The reason God has the right to rule our lives is because he created us. We know from our everyday existence that those who make things, whether small or grand, have ownership rights over their creations. “

“Passionate commitment to God and his way is for our happiness. Living with God in charge is not drudgery, it is delightful.”

“Rejecting God spells disaster for our eternal future. Cosmic treason is expensive. “

“Forgiveness alone would have been amazing. But the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit offers us much more. As well as forgiveness, we are invited to enjoy a relationship with each member of the Trinity.”

“Obeying Jesus in a world where many people don’t inevitably brings Christians into conflict with competing ideas. Therefore, anyone who follows Jesus should expect turbulence.”

“Relationship with the Father is very personal, but it is never to be individualistic. Anyone who follows Jesus instantly has lots of siblings!”

7 Useful Tools to Power Up Your Laptop or PC

This list is a no brainer (I can almost hear you say”Duh?!”), but you need this for your laptop or PC. It’s very essential. Your digital life should have the following:

  1. The Holy Bible-God’s Word in digital format. For your Bible study or devotions. Free software like E-Sword or you can request a FREE copy from Blue Letter Bible. PDF format Bibles will do also. Some of it includes dictionaries, commentaries, devotionals etc so you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
  2. Anti-Virus- to clean all those dirty USB or protects your machine when going online. You can download Avira or Avast for FREE.
  3. Photo Editing Software– Make your photos or images stunning. Adobe Photoshop is the most popular but you can download (FREE) alternative like GIMP 2. Also if you’re online you can use Picnik.
  4. E-Book Reader-Some books or articles you can download from the internet is on PDF format. Download Adobe Reader or Foxit to be able to read it. Also you might try Adobe Digital Edition for e-books if you don’t have readers like Nook, Kindle or I-Pad, you can still view it on your PC.
  5. Video player– can’t watch MP4 formats? Then download video players to play videos you have or you have downloaded on the internet. It will be good if it can play virtually all video formats. I recommend VLC player.
  6. Internet Browser-No surprise it’s on our list. You wont be able to check your FaceBook (and read this article) if you don’t have this. Orca Browser or Mozilla Firefox will do just great.
  7. File Extractor/Compressor– for multiple files that are in Zip or RAR format. You can use Win Zip already installed in your PC. For RAR I use Extract Frog which is FREE.

So that’s my list of essential tools your laptop or PC should have. Do you have something to add on the list? Please post it on the comment. I love to hear your answer.

(originally from my Facebook Notes, 20 August 2011)