About Drewbie's Book Reviews

I read quite a few books and I want to recommend books to you. I hope you find something you like on here!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Jesus I Never Knew

by Philip Yancey

The Jesus we were told about as a kid in Sunday School is quite different than the one in the gospels.  That is how Philip Yancey begins this wonderful and though provoking book.  He goes through the whole life of Jesus and dissects it one piece at a time for a better understanding of who Jesus is and why Jesus's life played out the way it did.  From the time of his birth to his ascension Philip Yancey gives insights on all of it.
After reading this book you realize that Mr. Yancey has read a multitude of books in his lifetime.  In The Jesus I Never Knew he uses the gospels as his main resource while using his knowledge he gained from these other books to support and understand better the who, the what, and the why.

As Humans we have questions.  In know I had questions about the life of Jesus.  I have people ask me questions at work about God, Jesus, and the Bible.  A lot of them I honestly can't answer.  Philip Yancey questions a plethora of things too.  That is why, in my opinion, he is such a good writer.  After reading this book quite a few of my questions were answered or at least better understood.

Questions like:

  • Why was Jesus born at that time?
  • Why did Satan tempt Jesus the way he did?
  • Why doesn't God come down and show his power to make people believe in him?
  • Why did Jesus pick such sub par disciples?
  • Why did Jesus leave so soon after his resurrection?
  • What do the beatitudes and sermon on the mount mean?

All these questions and more may be answered or at least more understood after reading The Jesus I Never Knew.  So if you want to know more about Jesus and why he lived the life he did and have a better understanding of his teachings, read this book.  I loved it so much I'm putting it at my #2 spot on my favorite non-story books.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins

Most of you have heard of this book series since it started becoming a series of movies.  It has become so because these books are really really good.

At the heart of The Hunger Games is some wonderful characters.  Katniss is an introverted strong-willed young lady who is a marksman bow hunter.  Peeta is an extroverted son of a baker who always knows what to say to win a crowd.  Haymitch is a drunken carefree man  who has to coach these two to win the Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games is an annual event where two adolescents from each district in society are chosen in a drawing so they can be thrown into an arena to fight to the last person alive.  An exhibition the president holds to demoralize the population so they won't try to rebel against the government.  That is the beginning plot in a nutshell.  These books are rated teen, but a word of caution is in the third book it does get quite gory in a couple places.  I'm not sure what they will do in the movies to make these sections PG-13.  The rest of the books are no more gory than Lord of the Rings.

All in all The Hunger Games is a great series of books with a good message of don't let the government have too much power.  It is a great science fiction read.