Monday, December 15, 2008

Kingdom People Christmas Giveaway

Trevin Wax has just taken his "My Ten Favorite Reads of 2008" (see my last post) to the next level.
In his latest post over at Kingdom People he is offering to give away his 10 favorite books plus an ESV study bible to a lucky reader. Go check it out. If you're a blogger he tells you how to get your name in the hat two extra times. Good luck to you, and wish me luck. ;)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Recommended Reading in no particular order.

Recommended Reading in no particular order.

I follow a lot of blogs with Google Reader. I get ideas about what I would like to read by reading what others have recommended. Here are the authors of some of the blogs I follow and the lists of reading they have recommended. You should notice that there are titles and authors that all recommended. Whenever that happens I tend to add those titles to" my wishlist at Then I can go to my wishlist when I need to get something to read or study.

Some of my favorites that are on these lists are John Piper, CS Lewis, Malcom Gladwell, Wayne Grudem, & Gordon Fee. New names I will be adding to my wishlist are Tim Keller, Sam Storms, DA Carson, & Bob Kauflin.

Tony Reinke author of Miscellanies offers this list:
2008 Books of the Year
1.ESV Study Bible by various authors and edited by Wayne Grudem and J.I. Packer (Crossway).
2.Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck (Baker Academic).
3.Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (Moody).
4.Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley (Moody).
5.The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller (Dutton).
6.The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World by David Wells (Eerdmans).
7.Complete Works of Thomas Manton in 22 volumes (Solid Ground).
8.Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp (Shepherd Press).
9.Pocket Puritans by various authors (Banner of Truth). Titles include Impure Lust by Flavel, Living Faith by Ward (personal favorite), Heaven, A World of Love by Edwards, Anger Management by Baxter, Repent and Believe by Brooks, and Binge Drinking by Flavel.
10.A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden (Eerdmans).
11.Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin (Crossway).
12.Concise Reformed Dogmatics by J. van Genderen and W. H. Velema (P&R).
13.Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists by Colin Hansen (Crossway).
14.The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam (Portfolio).
15.Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company).

Andreas Köstenberger author of Biblical Foundations blogs
the best books in biblical and theological studies that appeared in 2008
1.The ESV Study Bible (Crossway)
2.Eckhard Schnabel, Paul the Missionary (InterVarsity Press)
3.D. A. Carson, Christ & Culture Revisited (Eerdmans)
4.Robert Stein, Mark (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament; Baker)
5.David Chapman, Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion (Mohr-Siebeck)
6.Margaret Elizabeth Köstenberger, Jesus and the Feminists (Crossway)
7.Cosmology of New Testament Theology (ed. Jonathan Pennington and Sean McDonough; T & T Clark)
8.Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: James (Zondervan)
9.Suffering and the Goodness of God (ed. Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson; Theology in Community series; Crossway)
10.Clyde Fant and Mitchell Reddish, Lost Treasures of the Bible: Understanding the Bible through Archaeological Artifacts in World Museums (Eerdmans)

Justin Buzzard is author of Buzzard Blog maintains a list of 20 books to read in your 20's

1. Living the Cross-Centered Life, C.J. Mahaney
2. Discipline of Grace, Jerry Bridges
3. Step By Step: Divine Guidance for Ordinary Christians, James Petty
4. The Fight, John White
5. Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Tim S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp
6. Finding A Job You Can Love, Ralph T. Mattson and Arthur F. Miller
7. God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible, Vaughan Roberts
8. Disciplines of a Godly Man/Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Kent and Barbara Hughes
9. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith, Tim Keller
10. Desiring God, John Piper
11. Stop Dating the Church, Josh Harris
12. Feel, Matthew Elliott
13. The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
14. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living, Cornelius Plantinga
15. Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper
16. Bible Doctrine, Wayne Grudem
17. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
18. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
19. The Reason for God, Tim Keller
20.Biography (various authors). Nothing can replace reading biographies of great men and women of the faith. Find a godly personality from church history who intrigues you and begin reading about him or her. Consider starting with Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper, or Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Howard and Geraldine Taylor. .

Tim Challies of Challies Dot Com writes My Top 8 Books of 2008.
1.Don’t Stop Believing by Michael Wittmer
2.Crazy Love by Francis Chan
3.The Reason for God by Tim Keller
4.Christless Christianity by Michael Horton
5.Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns
6.Love or Die by Alexander Strauch
7.Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D.A. Carson
8.Honorable mentions: The Courage To Be Protestant, Do Hard Things, A Tale of Two Sons, Why We’re Not Emergent, He Is Not Silent, and Touching History. I want to make special mention of the ESV Study Bible. The more I use it, the more I come to love it.

Trevin Wax author of Kingdom People posts My Ten Favorite Reads of 2008.
2.CULTURE MAKING - Andy Crouch
4.WHY WE’RE NOT EMERGENT - Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck
5.HOW PEOPLE CHANGE - Timothy Lane & Paul David Tripp
6.THE BIG PICTURE STORY BIBLE -David Helm & Gail Schoonmaker
7.JESUS MADE IN AMERICA - Stephen Nichols
8.RESIDENT ALIENS - Stanley Hauerwas & Will Willimon
10.The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries - Jeffrey Greenman, Timothy Larsen, and Stephen Spencer

Tim Challies and Trevin Wax also blog at Discerning Reader and Tim offers some reviews on these titles:
The Story of Success
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (2008)
Category: New York Times Bestsellers

Signs of the Spirit
An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards's "Religious Affections"
Author: Sam Storms
Publisher: Crossway (2008)
Category: Theology

Saturday, November 22, 2008

HIPPA Dilemma

1) As a nursing student I signed an agreement with Griffin Memorial Hospital that once my time there as a student was over, I would not contact any patient there that I had contact with.

2) While there I learned of several patients who have never had any visitation from friends or family during their stay there which has been longer than a year.

3) It would be a violation of federal law (HIPPA) for me to give their names to a compassionate third party willing to visit. Even though I know they are desirous of visitation.

4) My attempts to meet and discuss this with the Executive Director of Griffin have been met with lip service but my phone calls are not being returned.

5) How can it be therapeutic for someone to pass a significant anniversary such as birthdays and holidays without contact from someone significant? Especially when you watch others have visitation.

My suggestion is simple.

Match volunteers from the community who are willing to visit with the mentally ill at Griffin Memorial Hospital.

All that is needed is a couple of forms, a little training, and a heart of compassion.

Form number 1, for the patient.

I would like to be placed on the list for visitation from Oklahoman's With Heart