Book Review | “The Bishop of Rwanda”

DISCLAIMER: While I understand that this is one man’s retelling of the events, I will engage and comment based on the good faith effort of the author to represent the events he related. There are few times that I can remember when I have read a book and been moved by its content. The Bishop of Rwanda by Bishop John Rucyahana is one of those … Continue reading Book Review | “The Bishop of Rwanda”

Book Review | “Love is an Orientation” by Andrew Marin

This is my video book review of Andrew Marin’s book Love is an Orientation. I know that there are many on both sides of this issue. My review will focus on what I have learned and what I am learning. Feel free to comment and interact with what I say. Please keep it cordial and respectful. Thanks. Here is another video conversation with a friend … Continue reading Book Review | “Love is an Orientation” by Andrew Marin

Book Review | Hooked: New Science On How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children

Summary

Hooked: New Science On How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children by Drs. Joe S. McIlhaney and Freda McKissic Bush explores the data that has emerged in the area of neuroscience and the effect of sex on young people. While the book is based on some very “heady” scientific information, the book is written in a clear and accessible manner.

The book covers the effects of two chemicals that are released in the brain when sexual contact has occurred. Oxytocin is released in the female brain. It’s primary function is to bond a mother to her child. But, the studies conducted and consulted by the authors reveal that this is also the same chemical that is released when a woman interacts with a potential mate. Vasopressin is the chemical released in the male brain that has a similar effect in men. The primary function of the chemical is to bond the male parent with their offspring. However, vasopressin also has the added function of bonding the man with potential mates.

The authors do a good job of describing the processes involved in the release of the chemical and in their effects. And, while the majority of the book covers the scientific realities of these chemical releases, they do draw some conclusions from sociological-psychological sources that point to the connected effects of engaging in physical contact with persons of the opposite sex.

Probably the most interesting conclusion that the authors draw is that the science appears to validate many of the religious convictions regarding relationships, particularly that of abstinence and monogamy. What makes this so interesting is that they are making these claims strictly drawing from scientific studies and statistics. Other areas that are addressed are the increased risk to emotional health, psychological stability, financial gain, social engagement, professional advancement and overall happiness when young people engage in the practices of casual sex, serial-partnerships and co-habitation.

One of the more stunning statistics cited related to the total number of sexual partners. Continue reading “Book Review | Hooked: New Science On How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children”

Book Review | 131 Christians Everybody Should Know

Summary Editors Mark Galli and Ted Olsen have put together 131 biographical sketches from the first centuries after the New Testament period until the twentieth century. The book is subdivided into categories that help the reader understand how each person understood themselves or how they become known since their times in history. Below are the categories. Theologians Evangelists and Apologists Pastors and Preachers Musicians, Artists, … Continue reading Book Review | 131 Christians Everybody Should Know

Book Review | Jesus Loves You This I Know

┬áSummary Sometimes you just need a reminder. Gross and Harper provide an insightful, touching and sometimes raw reality for the reader to consider. There are some people, maybe even a lot of people, who do not know this simple truth. Craig Gross is the pastor of Strip Church and leader of XXXchurch.com, a ministry that reaches out to those engaged in the pornography industry. Jason … Continue reading Book Review | Jesus Loves You This I Know

Book Review | “Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account”

For reasons that I can not explain, I have, for as long as I can remember, had an interest in the events that led up to and made up World War II. I do not know what it is about that time in human history that captures my thoughts when it comes up in conversation or in my reading. I may be that the horrors … Continue reading Book Review | “Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account”