MY BOOKS

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Transparency: A Cure for Hypocrisy in the Modern Church

NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON and through this site!​

Have you ever arrived at church feeling so stressed out, so off the rails, such an absolute train wreck, that you thought to yourself, “I can’t face these people” -- and your strongest wish was to rush back home and dive into bed?

What on earth is happening here? How has church become a place where we must leave our “real selves” at the door -- and pick them up later when we leave, more burdened than ever with loneliness, exhaustion, and hypocrisy?

Transparency offers one remedy to this lamentable situation.

Subtitled A Cure for Hypocrisy in the Modern  Church, the book challenges readers to consider why we aren’t transparent -- including such issues as perfectionism, blame-shifting, fear of man, and of course, pride and self-preservation. Likewise, the text shows how transparency works to unify the body and crucify sin, while also relieving the stress of pretending to be someone you’re not. 

 

More important, Open Hearts points to transparency in Scripture -- in the lives of Job, Moses, David, Paul, and Jesus, among others; and it offers a practical framework for making openness work in the local church.

 

Imagine a life without the pretense and artificiality that cripples our fellowship -- a life where church members are free to admit their sins and struggles, sharing their deepest needs, worries, and joys in an atmosphere of openness and authenticity. That’s the kind of life you will find in this book.

 

"Handles the topic with remarkable thoroughness, piercing insight, sage counsel, and, especially, appropriate transparency. If your heart aches for a renewed Christian community of one heart and soul, holding all things in common, this book will equip you, from the Scripture, to make your dream a reality." -- Peter Krol, President of DiscipleMakers campus ministry

 

"Explains the powerful reasons why we should not be afraid to be open about our flaws, and sins with one another.  And most importantly, provides practical help on how to foster a spirit of loving acceptance within the Christian community. This is how to apply Gospel grace through humility.  --  Brian Godawa, author and screenwriter

Sex & Violence in the Bible: A Survey of Explicit Content in the Holy Book

ISBN 978-1-59638-835-2

If the Bible were rated like modern-day movies, what would it receive?  PG?  PG-13, maybe even R?  Based on some of the stuff in Genesis, Ezekiel and Song of Solomon, it sure wouldn’t get a G like so many of today’s sermons!

Sex & Violence in the Bible demonstrates that Christians needn’t be terribly squeamish about unsavory material; rather, we must take a truly biblical approach: frank and forthright, yet tasteful and discreet -- rarely detailed or excessive. 

 

The text is a carefully organized, elegantly written catalog of pertinent passages, bringing out the original meaning, which has often been obscured by time or translation; it includes detailed study of language and literary devices, together with explanations of ancient customs such as stoning, crucifixion and “hanging” (actually impalement).  Its principal aim is to clarify what is actually happening in each passage, and exactly how the writers chose to depict it.  Using this material, readers can begin to develop a “Christian aesthetic” of sex and violence, helping them to process our culture’s daily onslaught of explicit material.

 

"A work of painstaking research and scholarship." -- Leland Ryken, Wheaton College

 

"Brutally blunt, delicately discreet, strongly scriptural.  An excellent resource for the Christian who wants to understand the Bible's revelation of the baser aspects of human nature and sinful reality." -- Brian Godawa, author and screenwriter

"Honors not just the Bible's content but also the Bible's intentional modes of expresssion." -- Carl Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary

The Psycho File: A Comprehensive Guide to Hitchcock's Classic Shocker

ISBN 978-0-7864-4487-8

Alfred Hitchcock's seminal 1960 thriller continues to exert its cinematic spell nearly 60 years after it burst onto American movie screens.

 

The Psycho File has a little of everything: background on how Hitchcock chose the property -- along with 1950s serial killer Ed Gein, basis for Robert Bloch's original novel, and for characters in Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well as Silence of the Lambs; details on how the film was made, including the tremendously complicated shower scene, whose mere 60 seconds of screen time required almost a week of actual filming; audience reaction to the film, along with its legacy of sequels and reboots; and extensive literary analysis discussing Hitch's use of symbolism, irony and motif, among many other intriguing issues and details.

 

"This is the book to have if you want to understand Psycho's standing in popular culture and film history." -- Philip J. Skerry, author of Psycho in the Shower

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