Archive for April, 2012

New in the Library: To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Calloway

Humorist Phil Calloway accepted a challenge from his editor:  be perfectly honest for an entire year and write about the experience.  The resulting book is profound, hysterical, convicting and just plain fun.

Follow Phil to his class reunion, where everyone confesses to high school pranks now that the statute of limitations is past.  Read his online correspondence with an atheist at Post-Rapture Pet Care.  Listen in as he deals with Mormon missionaries, self-righteous ushers and non-Christian golf buddies.  Phil doesn’t manage to be perfectly honest—he’s human, after all—but everyone can identify with his struggles.

In the course of the year, Phil encounters some very non-humorous situations and asks God some honest questions.  Friends with cancer, his mother’s dementia and a bad investment are just a few of the trials Phil faces during his year of complete honesty.

Along with the humor, the reader is invite to consider just how honest we are with God.  For example, as the congregation sings that they feel like dancing, nobody actually dances.  Read this book and see if you are willing to try the challenge as well.

Review by Kimberly Schimmel, who received this book for free from Multnomah Publishers for this review.


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Book Review: The Jesus Mission by Stephen K. Scott

Book available at Life Community Church, Wendover Campus

This book provides an outline of Jesus’ incredible mission to Earth.  His mission was planned before the foundations of the Earth and implemented to perfection.  Learn about the 27 missions Jesus completed and the 4 missions Jesus gave to His followers.

Scott searched Scripture and found 11 primary missions:  missions that tell us why Jesus came.  They include: to testify about the truth and to do His Father’s will.  The 16 tactical or supporting missions include: to perfectly fulfill the law, to heal the blind and to raise Himself from the dead.  Jesus’ mission could only be performed by Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  If he failed, we all would die in our sins.  Reading about these missions will overwhelm you with gratitude toward the God who initiated these missions on your behalf.

I especially liked Part 3, which Scott begins by stating, “You can’t follow Jesus if you are not sure about who He is.” Scott then has a word for our world today: Jesus was not a socialist (or Santa Claus or anything else we decide we’d like him to be.)  He cites the parable of the vineyard owner (Matt. 20:1-15,) the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) and the story of the servant in Luke 17:7-10.  Jesus will not accept the labels we place on Him to fit our own agendas.  He knows His mission and He knows our mission.  We need to be doing our part of the Jesus mission instead of twisting Jesus into an image we find more to our liking.  In light of all He accomplished for us, how can we refuse the mission He has given us?

Review by Kimberly Schimmel

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book free from the publisher for review.

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