Brothers in Valor by Michael O. Tunnell
I almost put this book down because the writing needed work. At first I couldn’t get my brain to stop editing the sentence structures and word choice. Even though it was 1st person, I couldn’t get into the head of the main character. I couldn’t even picture him, and keeping track of him and his two friends wasn’t easy. About to give up, I looked it up on Goodreads to see if everyone else had this same problem. All the ratings were very high. Curious, I Wiki-ed the side character and totally spoiled the story for myself. But, that one spoiler drove me to finish the book.
This is the story of three boys in Germany who stand up to the Nazis and pay a stiff price for their bravery.
I still wouldn’t claim it to be the best written book I’ve read, but the story was gripping. It showed what life was like for Germans during the war, the pressure to toe the line, and the persecution of not only Jews but other religions. It’s not detailed but it is chilling. It is also a reminder that no matter how young a person is they can be brave and stand up for others. Children and teens aren’t incapable of understanding, nor are they incapable of fighting. If you want a MG-YA book where teens don’t mope around in their bedrooms, this is a good place to start.
Parental Warnings/Talking: The main characters are Mormon. The book never suggests this is anything but true Christianity. There is a fair amount of violence. Not graphic but still there.
The Prayer of a Broken Heart: Expository Discourses on Psalm 51 by Robert S. Candlish
I enjoyed this little book expositing Psalm 51. It was both convicting and encouraging as it delved into the different aspects of the Psalm. There was only one point I disagreed with doctrinally: at one point Candlish explained something as being entirely based on a deep emotion. He spent two pages talking about the deep emotional joy that was unexplainable. I can’t imagine that being very helpful for someone struggling with sin or in the process of repenting. I wish he had expounded more of that section with the truth and less with emotion. Other than that one part, the book was a delight to read.
The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology by Pascal Denault
Well, this may be the first book this in-depth and technical that I’ve managed to finish! Denault’s writing is easy to read and fairly easy to follow, though I think sitting through several of his lectures during our conference last year helped. I don’t think this book would necessarily convince a Pedobaptist to become a Baptist, but it is very encouraging to someone of like mind…like me. I’m thankful for the work Denault put into researching and tracking the Baptist distinctiveness. I don’t think I followed every argument, but I followed more than I expected. I would highly recommend this book to those looking for their Baptist roots, and for those seeking to understand the covenants.
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