Last week I received three new books from various publishers who are hoping I would mention them on this blog. I love free books and therefore love the companies that so freely bestow them! Anyway, here are some books I would like make you aware of:
Title: Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman
Author: Stephen Mansfield
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Year: 2012
Amazon Product Description: New York Times best-selling author, Stephen Mansfield, traces the fascinating and influential life of Oprah Winfrey, profiling her quest for spiritual enlightenment- a well-publicized journey featuring a caravan of experts, mystics, and gurus, all claiming to have a prescription for inner peace and personal well-being. Mansfield shows how Oprah’s story fits into our larger cultural experience and reveals why her spiritual discoveries have resonated so loudly in today’s popular culture. In so doing, he sheds needed light on the dangers of a spiritual journey fueled solely by a desire for self-actualization.
In the end, we find that the story of Oprah is, in fact, the story of us- of a generation searching desperately for something meaningful to believe in.
Special Note: I teach on cults and comparative religion every other year at Rock County Christian School. This book will be absolutely be quoted from often in our discussion of the New Age Movement.
Title: No Innocent Affair: Making Right the Wrong of Adultery
Author: Edward F. Mrkvicka Jr.
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publishing Year: 2011
Amazon Product Description: ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’ (Exodus 20:14). Have you found yourself contemplating committing adultery? Are you currently in an adulterous relationship? Have you been affected by an act of adultery? If you answered yes to any of these questions, No Innocent Affair: Making Right the Wrong of Adultery is the tool you need. An avid student of the Word, Ed Mrkvicka addresses the fact that adultery is one of the main contributors to the destruction of the American family and seeks to reverse this terrifying statistic. Mrkvicka posits that few who engage in adulterous relationships realize the enormity of the cost of infidelity, both to themselves and innocent people in their lives. Beginning by comparing God’s view of adultery to society’s view, No Innocent Affair explains in frank yet loving terms that unrepentant adultery is more than just an innocent affair. It is choosing Satan over Jesus and death over life. Mrkvicka desires to lead adulterers to repentance and eternal life with Jesus Christ. Most importantly, No Innocent Affair takes you on a step-by-step biblical progression that leads to the sin of adultery being forgiven and salvation reclaimed. Infidelity is no easy subject to discuss, but it is one that must be addressed. Follow along on this exploration of the consequences and ways out of adultery.
Special Note: This book will be featured in a future KevCast as I interview the author, Edward Mrkvicka on May 5. Click here for more info.
Title: Ecclesiastes: The Philippians of the Old Testament
Author: William D. Barrick
Publisher: Christian Focus
Publishing Year: 2011
Amazon Product Description: What is the purpose of life? The preacher in Ecclesiastes, just like many today, is in search of life’s meaning. But as they look through their limited worldview all they find is “vanity, vanity”. Pure emptiness! They are in search for something which will have eternal value. To find it, we need to look beyond ourselves. This is what the preacher discovers; that man is powerless, yet God has a design and purpose for all things. He is the giver of all life. Ecclesiastes gives teaching on doctrines such as man, salvation and future judgment.
Special Note: I actually won this book by entering a contest on the Christian Focus website. Log on to Christian Focus and look for future contests!