The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

When I started this audiobook, I thought it was going to be a biography of Lloyd-Jones’ life so I was surprised when his whole life story was completed by chapter one! But the story goes on in detail about Jones’ passion for expository preaching and the influence of that passion even to today. It was fascinating!  You would think most preachers (and their hearers) would want expository preaching in their churches but that wasn’t the case.  I admired his focus on wanting to preach exactly what the text is saying and not adding his own “spin” on it.  He encouraged others to do this as well and I was saddened to learn that he was met with some resistance to this.  But he did not waiver in his passion!  I’m thankful for men like Martyn Lloyd-Jones and that there are others today who are following in his footsteps to rightly handle the Word of God.

At times the narrator, Simon Vance, seemed a little monotone but for the most part he did well.  He kept me engaged throughout the entire reading and has a pleasant voice.

I would definitely recommend this!

I received this audiobook as part of the christianaudio Reviewer Program at christianaudio.com in exchange for a review.

To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain

Lately I have been listening to more and more audio books.  It is so convenient to listen in the car, in the kitchen, or during the afternoon when I rest a bit.  Recently, I finished To Live Is Christ/To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler.  One of my favorite books in the Bible is Philippians and I was excited to listen to this new book.  The narrator, David Cochran Heath, does an excellent job and I enjoyed listening to him.  

There is nothing new or profound in this book and that’s ok.  Sometimes we just need a reminder of what the Christian life is all about.  Matt reminded me over and over that my sanctification is not a one-time deal…that I will continue to grow and mature in Christ every day.  And this takes work; not work to be saved but to grow.  He reminds the reader that “while we are not saved by our striving and in fact saved from our striving, we are also saved to our striving–a striving after Christ.”  It was a good reminder that I need to also be striving to live out my salvation.

The book as a whole was a great encouragement to me to focus on Christ, to put Him first, to rejoice in Him, and to live for Him.  I appreciate that message!

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audiobooks at christianaudio.com.

The Radical Question

I recently listed to The Radical Question by David Platt.  This book starts out with a story of what believers in East Asia go through just to meet and read the Word of God (read by narrator Lloyd James, who I enjoyed very much).  They meet in secret; if they are found out their tongues could be cut out or they may lose their lives.  David Platt says they have shown by their sacrifices how much Jesus means to them.

He then asks the question:  What is Jesus worth to us?  By us, he means Americans.   He then goes on tell us what it means to sacrifice for Jesus.  He tells us to sacrifice it all.  All=the American dream, our stuff, our priorities.  We have a choice and should choose to die to ourselves and sacrifice our lives, gifts, skills, family and resources to make Christ known.

While I was convicted of having too much stuff and not living enough for the Lord, the author didn’t really explain how I go about sacrificing all.  Do I just sell everything to go into missions?  I wish he would have given some practical ideas on what it means to sacrifice all.

He ends the book with the same radical question:  What is Jesus worth to me?  He then exhorts the reader to “…stop living as if this world is our home.”  All well and good but how is that done?  What does it look like?  I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it didn’t leave me hanging on a question that wasn’t answered.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audiobooks at christianaudio.com.