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Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism

Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism – Book Review
Edited by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich & Jason Maston

The book, ‘Reading Romans in Context’ is an academic work which can be used for an in depth study of the book of Romans in the bible.

‘Reading Romans in Context’ is a comprehensive work book of Romans which contains rich knowledge regarding Paul’s teaching and the roots of the Judaism. Through this book, the reader will learn about what Paul meant by using certain phrases and themes in the book of Romans such as “Son of God, God’s wrath, women & christian ministry and many more. In other words, readers will be able to understand the teachings of Paul by diving into the roots of Judaism and by exploring Judean culture.

Personally, I would read it again to study more about the book of Romans . However, some may find it difficult to understand the content during the first read. That is why I conclude that Romans in context is a in depth study guide for the book of Romans. Therefore, some of the readers may have to read the text a couple of times to grasp the essence of the book.

Note: I requested this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to read it and offer an honest review.

Now You’re Speaking My Language by Gary Chapman

Now You’re Speaking My Language: Honest Communication and Deeper Intimacy for a Stronger Marriage – Book Review

Now you’re speaking my language is written by Gary Chapman (New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Five Love Languages). In this book, the author has focused on communication and having a deeper intimacy between husband and wife. I find this book is informative although sometimes I felt that I already know. Language is simple and content can grasp easily. He covers some of the topics such as five levels of communication, covenant marriage vs contract marriage, intimacy, knowing about ourselves and being defensive. This book helped me to understand what level am I in the level of communication and what I should do about it. It can be used to counsel and teach regarding intimacy & communication.  After reading this, I realized that this book is not just for married couples but for those who are preparing to get married and also for those who are in a relationship.

Note: I requested this book from the publisher through NetGalley in order to read it and offer an honest review.

Author: Gary Chapman

Publisher: B&H Books; Revised edition (January 1, 2014)

ISBN-10: 1433683016

ISBN-13: 978-1433683015

 

Success Kills by Wayde Goodall

Success Kills: Sidestep the Snares That Will Steal Your
Dreams – Book Review

Leadership in Christian ministry is inevitable. It comes with great a responsibility and price. However, we hear about how Christian leaders have fallen into sin, have jeopardized their ministries and have broken the trust of the people. Wayde Goodall uses biblical examples as well as secular examples to amplify and prove his points. First the author defines, ”What is success?” Then he takes readers through recognizing traps in leadership and how to avoid them diligently. One of the things that I like about this book is that it gives practical scenarios on how leaders fail and the practical approaches they can take to avoid those pitfalls. Although the title is ”Success Kills”, the author encourages readers to pursue God’s plan by knowing what real success is and by guiding readers to the success that God intended for us to have.

I realized that this book is not only for Christian leaders. This book is for anyone who is a leader irregardless of his or her field!

Author: Wayde Goodall

Publisher:New Leaf Press (March 31, 2009)

ISBN-10: 0892216921

ISBN-13: 978-0892216925

The Skillful Teacher by Stephen D. Brookfield

The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom – Book Review

According to the author, The Skillful Teacher is a Survival Manual for teachers. Stephen has used his own experiences of forty five years of his teaching. He talks about dilemmas, problems and contradictions teachers face in their
work. This book will help the teachers who are struggling, confused do not know what to do next as a teacher. The author has analysed how it is like to be a teacher and how a teacher should deal with himself/herself, with students and with the work place.

The author points out that today’s classes are diverse and teaching has become a messy business for teachers in terms of moments of unexpected surprises, risks and shocks. He argues that being a skillful teacher means muddling through classroom moments and negotiating with above mentioned situations. Then he introduces four core assumptions by arguing that teaching is a process of informed muddling through complex and unexpected situations.

Skillful teaching is helping student to learn, critically reflective stance of their practice, knowing how students are experience their learning and how they understand the teacher and treating college students as adults.

Stephen has used examples to explain the readers to show how to put them into practice according to the appropriate classroom situations. Later on chapters he writes about teaching students to think critically, how to learn to think critically and introducing scenario analysis technique.

I find this book is useful for me to equip myself as a teacher. Personally, I learnt many practical approaches on how to survive, solve, stand and react in the class room as a teacher. Skillful Teacher book is simple to read and practical to understand. The author’s purpose of writing this book have been met by helping and guiding teachers to muddling through in the classroom. Therefore, I recommend this not just for teachers in the higher education level but also for the teachers who are teaching in classrooms.

 

Author: Stephen D. Brookfield
Publisher:  Jossey-Bass (March 9, 2015)
Edition: 3rd Edition
ISBN-10: 1118450299
ISBN-13: 978-1118450291

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