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Toughest People to LoveAll pastors know what it means to struggle with difficult people in their churches, and almost all would welcome guidance regarding how to deal with and counsel those types of persons. In “Toughest People to Love: how to Understand, Lead, and Love the Difficult People in your Life,” Chuck DeGroat, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, attempts to provide such help.

The book is divided neatly into three parts. In Part 1 (Understanding People), DeGroat urges his readers to seek to understand and love members of their communities who engage in maddening and sometimes self-destructive behaviors. In emphases that he maintains throughout the book, he argues that this requires both 1) an understanding of the basis of these behaviors and attitudes in others and 2) a better apprehension of one’s own brokenness as a leader. In arguing for a vision of brokenness as leaders, he makes frequent reference to current books on leadership written primarily for business leaders, arguing that they have captured an emphasis on transparent leadership that church leaders need.

Part 2 (Leading and Loving Difficult People) focuses on specified psychological…

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How to Read the Bible for All Its WorthEvangelical Christians understand the Bible to be the Word of God, and the majority of them believe that they ought to be reading it. Those that do so all too frequently find themselves frustrated. They encounter a very old book with varied types of literature written over a period of almost 1,500 years and dealing with matters that seem very different from the world in which we live.

Given these difficulties, it is no wonder that some people over time have come up with bizarre interpretations of the Bible that badly misunderstand the meaning of the text. Others just give up home Bible reading and rely on the expertise of the pastor.

Newly updated in its fourth edition, and with nearly a million copies previously sold, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth provides a helpful guide for Bible study. The new edition updates material related to Bible translations, makes recommendations based on recently published commentaries, as well as making other appropriate revisions.

Opening chapters of the book provide a brief but helpful overview regarding textual criticism, which deals with the…

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