Expositional commentary on Scripture using an inductive exegetical methodology intent upon confronting the lives of Christians with the dogmatic Truths of God's inspired Words opposing Calvinism and Arminianism, Biblical commentary, doctrine of grace enablement, understanding holiness and wisdom and selfishness, in-depth Bible studies, adult Bible Study books and Sunday School materials Dr. Lance T. Ketchum Line Upon Line: May 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Parenting A Soul Review by Rev. Bart W. Goetz

Parenting a Soul Review

Ten areas are targeted on a scale of 1-5

(1-Poor, 2-better than poor, 3-Fair, 4-Good, 5-Excellent).

1. The Content of the Book: (5-Excellent)

The book covers parenting from the true Christian perspective not the worldly Christian perspective, and not the average Christian perspective. This book is founded on the true, rock solid Scripture.

2. The Filler of the Book: (5-Excellent)

This book is loaded down with absolutely no filler. For most books one only needs to read the first chapter and possibly skim through the rest of the book to know what the author is trying to say. Not true with this book. Slow, careful, methodic reading is demanded.

3. The Flow of the Book: (3-Fair)

My thoughts did not always flow in the same direction as the author. Sometimes I would have questions and the author moved in a different direction, rather than answering the questions I had. Therefore I was left to contemplate them before God and search them out. That is not a bad thing though, in fact, it is very healthy.

4. The Creativity of the Book: (4-5 Good to Excellent)

Two thoughts here: First, large portions of Scripture are quoted, thereby one can get the context of the Scripture. It makes it nice not to have look up the Scripture references. Second, passages of scripture are put in the light of the parenting aspect, which brings thought provoking truths for parenting as well living ministry rather than simply doing ministry.

5. Style of Reading (3-4- Fair to Good)

This depends upon your reading preference and ability. Long sentences are used which must be read carefully. This slows down the reading, which then enhances the thought process.

6. Thought Provoking: (5-Excellent)

Regardless of whether you accept the philosophy underlining the book, it will trigger your thinking.

7. Applications (3-Fair)

I had no problems making application, but you have supplied much of it. Once again a little work on your own part is food for us. The illustrations came mostly from the large portions of Scriptures quoted.

8. Salvation Message (5-Excellent)

Even though the book is written to the born-again believer (real Christians), there is no doubt about how one is to obtain eternal life and enjoy eternal living with the Lord God Almighty.

Over all recommendation:

After 23 years of ministry and reading many books on parenting, I place this book in my top three books on parenting. It will make an excellent resource material. It is in depth with no fluff for the serious, studious Christian. If you don’t like a challenge, or meditating in depth for proper understanding and correct application, don’t bother with the book. Few books challenge me as this has. God bless you all and may God bless you as you search out the treasures from the Scriptures.

Rev. Bart W. Goetz

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Another Parenting A Soul Review

Dr. Lance Ketchum's book Parenting a Soul is a terrific resource for pastors, parents, and parishioners. A journey through this book will lead the reader to the basic principles of the family in nation of Israel and lead the reader to the important role of the family in our world today.

Parenting a Soul goes deep in explaining the heart and mental makeup of children, and how parents can train up these children. There are great illustrations and practical principles throughout the book to help a person apply the truths found therein. I would truly recommend this book to those with families and anyone who is seeking to influence children for Christ.

Pastor Jerry W. Beaver

Parenting A Soul available at link below:

Discounts available to local churches for quantity orders.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Two New Book Reviews on Parenting A Soul

I must say that the the amount of material per page reminds me of William R. Newell's commentary on Romans. How Dr. Ketchum puts an obvious expansive knowledge of the subject matter into such clear and concise modules is awesome. I feel safe in saying that there are many colleges where the student would not get this much meat on any given subject in two semesters or more.

Indeed, it is a text book but it is nearly a library in one volume. If a person could only afford his Bible and one other book this one would certainly be on the list of those I would suggest.

While we often have many different Adult Sunday School classes, I would strongly suggest that they be combined and go through this course together. There is no age group that cannot benefit from this material. Interaction among the groups during this course of instruction would not only strengthen the family units but could also spark an understanding and bonding between generations that we have long lacked in the Body of Christ.

I can see Youth Pastors using it to raise up a youth group that would actually know doctrine and not just enjoy pizza and pithy sayings in mini-devotionals. The solid foundation given them here would prepare them for life’s challenges to their faith, relationships and careers.

Teachers of young children could also use this course. There are principles that need to be sown in the heart as soon as possible. A wise teacher could easily adapt this course to their ministry by discerning what their age group could comprehend. Sadly, many kids in the Pre-Primary age group know about topics we never even considered until high school. How great it would be to use the scriptural principles in this book to relate to the reality of their lives.

Thank you Dr. Ketchum for writing this book and allowing me the privilege of both reading it and giving this review.

Dr Ronald Shultz

Maverick Ministries

Associate Pastor

Macedonia Baptist Church

Mesquite, TX

Parenting a Soul, by Dr. Lance Ketchum, is a great tool that should be in the tool box of every family. This book would be especially helpful for a young adult parenting class. The lessons taught in this work are not only Biblical, but practical in nature. The questions at the end of each section are very helpful and would foster discussion between the parents as they read it together. I would recommend this book to any pastor to be used in his church, and to any family looking for Biblical help.

Pastor Brad Gilbert

First Baptist Church of Westland

Westland, MI

Churches may order quantities of Parenting A Soul at reduced prices. Contact Dr. Ketchum by e-mail: LanceKetchum@msn.com

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