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Book Review – Life Without a Critical Spirit

Life Without a Critical SpiritLife Without a Critical Spirit by Jim Hammer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Life Without a Critical Spirit” is the follow-up book to Jim Hammer’s “Victory Over a Critical Spirit.” In hist first book, Hammer successfully discusses the negative consequences of a critical spirit and how it goes against who we are in Christ. In this book, however, the author doesn’t succeed in accomplishing what he sets out to do. In the beginning, he states how he was spurred on by his peers and students that he has ministered to over the years to continue the discussion on the topic of a critical spirit because he has much more to say. The problem is, what he has to say doesn’t really go anywhere, and worst of all does not engage with the topic at hand.

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Book Review – Victory Over a Critical Spirit

Victory Over a Critical SpiritVictory Over a Critical Spirit by Jim Hammer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a very short read (it can be read in one sitting) and is probably for the better. The author, Jim Hammer, doesn’t go very deep into the subject of a critical spirit, and probably shouldn’t. His advice comes from a place of “experience meets scripture,” and doesn’t try to take on more than he can handle. Personally, I could appreciate the simplicity of the book, since I believe the root issue to be simple, itself. As long as you’re not expecting a great exegetical breakdown on the subject matter, you won’t be disappointed. The hope is that the reader will connect to the missteps and thoughts of the author; I know I did.

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Reflections on Semester #3

As I slowly ease into my fourth semester, I want to look back and reflect on my third semester of seminary.  It was my first time taking courses over the summer (including undergrad), and also my first time taking online courses.

Overall, I was pleased with how the summer panned out.  As a family, we went on a mission trip to Japan and attended two weddings (one in California, and one in Alabama).  With all the busyness surrounding our summer, it proved beneficial having classes that didn’t require physical attendance.  Instead, the classes incorporated online lectures and interactive learning assignments.  The online lectures were convenient because I could watch them on my own time, and even speed up the lectures if need be!  Additionally, I really enjoyed the interactive learning assignments.  Ironically, I felt that I interacted more online than I have in any residential course I have taken!  What does that tell you about residential courses? Hmm…..

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