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New Testament Exegesis by Gordon Fee

I think that the best way to describe the purpose of New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors is to steal the first paragraph from the author's preface to the first edition: "A former New Testament colleague was once asked by a student how he could learn to do exegesis, intending that his teacher should suggest a book. My colleague answered, 'You will just have to take a course.' That answer is the tacit admission of what all of us who teach NT know to be true: There simply is no book that serves either as a textbook or a guide for students to learn the exegetical process, from the opening of their Bibles to the writing of the paper. This book hopes to fill that lacuna." (read more...)

Medical-Surgical Nursing by Lewis, Heitkemper, & Dirksen

I have now in my 3rd semester of using Medical-Surgical Nursing by Lewis, Heitkemper, & Dirksen. I understand the hatred for textbooks in general, but hatred for this textbook specifically is beyond me. In contrast to the many other reviews on Amazon, I have found the book extremely well written. I have likely read every word of over half of this textbook and have found it to be the most helpful of all of those textbooks we have used in the nursing program with the exception of Lehne's Pharmacology text, which is exceptional.

I would go so far as to recommend this textbook as a useful tool for a practicing nurse (not a student) to purchase as an at-home reference to read prior to entering a new field of critical care or med-surg nursing or to touch up on areas which have been missed.

The general format of the book is within each body system or area of nursing, first a chapter or two of background information the physiology and pathophysiology of the systems are included. Then nursing functions within that area are presented. First health history and noninvasive physical assessments are discussed, followed by common diagnostic coverage. There are tons of tables and charts which make learning easy.

In summary, I found this book to be one of the most readable and useful of my double-major college experience. Highly recommmended.

Don't Waste Your Cancer by John Piper

As a perfect followup to what God is teaching me about suffering and the supremacy of God and seeing and trusting in God's goodness in all things (see "Don't Waste Your Singleness") through the writings of CJ Mahaney and the books of Habakkuk and Job, I found in my inbox John Piper's newest Fresh Words entitled "Don't Waste Your Cancer." The article was written on the night before he went for prostate surgery. Based on the thesis that cancer exists for the glory of God, Piper lists ten ways in which one will waste his/her cancer. Praise God that He has given John Piper eyes of faith to see God and His glory in his cancer and take joy in it.:

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Barna's Revolution; Mohler's Take

The marketer says of George Barna's book, Revolution, "Whether you want to or not, you will have to take a stand in regard to the Revolution." Mohler does. If you are reading this book, want to read the book, or know anybody reading the book, you need to read Al Mohler's review:

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Don't Waste Your Singleness

 Who are you? When that question enters your mind, what do you answer? By what do you define yourself? Your job? Your gender? Your accomplishments? Your marital status? When I ask myself that question, I quickly cite those things which I want people to know about me: My job, that Iím in school, that I get the privilege of teaching every once in a while at church, and that Iím married to the most wonderful wife I could imagine. But I remember back to when Iím single. Rarely did I define myself by my singleness I wonder why that is? (read more...)

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