ISIS, Russia, Iran issues seen through prophecy

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I'm blessed to have several fascinating books to review by Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. The titles are, by category:

Prophecy/modern events

"Clash of Kingdoms: What the Bible Says About Russia, ISIS, Iran, and the End Times." The authors are Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey, who previously wrote "The ISIS Crisis," which I have previously reviewed and thoroughly enjoyed.

This book is now available in stores and online outlets.

Dyer served as provost and dean of education at Moody Bible Institute and hosts the radio program "The Land and the Book." Tobey is a pastor, freelance writer and editor.

"Clash of Kingdoms" examines modern world issues through the lens of the Old Testament, particularly the prophets Ezekiel and Daniel. The authors explain the connection between the Bible's prophecies and events like the alliance between Russia and Iran; the effect of ISIS on national boundaries; and the involvement of Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the current Middle East crisis and America's inability to lead a coalition.

Dyer and Tobey also give practical encouragement and share spiritual principles for responding to this crisis with faith rather than fear.

Christian life

"The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus' Parth of Power in a Church That Has Abandoned It." The authors are Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel. This book is now available in stores and online outlets.

Goggin is a pastor at Mission Hills Church and lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristin, and their three children. Strobel is a professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.

This book explores the authors' thoughts on why pastors fail and modern churches lose sight of their true purpose: They have given in to the temptation of power and forgotten what Jesus said about giving up power to gain it. Goggin and Strobel show a biblical way to gain power through weakness.

Women/Christian life

"And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering." The author is Kate Merrick. The book will be released March 7.

Merrick is a writer, speaker, pastor's wife, homeschooling parent of a teen and toddler, surfer and self-described "chicken whisperer."

In her book, Merrick looks at the Bible's gritty stories of resilient women and her own experience of losing a child to cancer. Her loss was followed by more than 1 million people on and revealed how joy and hope could be experienced even in the middle of heartache.

Merrick found healing through Bible stories of real women who dealt with pain and survived, such as Sarah and Bathsheba. She shares this experience in the hopes that other women can rise above their pain.

-- Jason Reynolds is a staff writer for the Times-Gazette. His email address is