This week’s find: The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament by Frank Viola About the book: This is truly an exceptional book about the New Testament church in its purest form! A scholar of the New Testament Church and a forerunner of modern Church renewal, Frank Viola … Read moreThe Untold Story of the New Testament Church
Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices by Frank Viola and George Barna. Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs?
The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce by Shaunti Feldhahn. “Shaunti takes aim at marriage myths that have spread like a cancer through our culture–myths that have become self-fulfilling prophecies. This book is packed with game-changing revelations. Like this one: Not only are most people staying married, they are happy in their marriages!” –Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling author of Love and Respect.
Full of larger-than-life characters, stunning acts of bravery, and heart-rending sacrifice, Tried by Fire narrates the rise and expansion of Christianity from an obscure regional sect to the established faith of the world’s greatest empire with influence extending from India to Ireland, Scandinavia to Ethiopia, and all points in between. William J. Bennett explores the riveting lives of saints and sinners, paupers and kings, merchants and monks who together—and against all odds—changed the world forever.
Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity by Frank Viola. Frank believes the church as we know it today is nothing like what God intended it to be. According to Viola, the first-century church, which should be our pattern, met in homes without any official pastor. All members of the church were involved in worship, spontaneously breaking out with teaching or song as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Decisions were not made until everyone reached consensus.
“From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God” by Frank Viola. This is one of the best books that I have ever read! No other book depicts the plans and purpose of God for mankind quite as this book does. I consider this book the first and most important book, other than the Bible, that every believer should read in order to understand his purpose and his mission in life.