Sex, God, and the Conservative Church by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD

Sex, God, and the Conservative Church by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD In Chapter One, Sellers critiques the Evangelical church and its conservative approach to sexuality. She describes how purity rings, and abstinence campaigns help to develop a culture of sexual shame. She uses a simple illustration to describe this approach (73): “‘Imagine for a [Read More…]

Contemporary Churches by Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D.

Contemporary Churches by Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D. Contemporary Churches by Louis F. Kavar, is another book that addresses the problem of the church’s inability to engage the culture. The answer, Kavar claims is a “Spiritual Transformation of the Congregation.” Kavar states that “As culture changes, so should the church. However, the church has been [Read More…]

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series by Jessica Miller Kelly is a compilation of thematic plans for Years A, B, and C of the lectionary. The premise of the book is simple. Take the Scriptures that are used for sermons for each Sunday and group them into [Read More…]

Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley is a book that describes how big organizing can be used to change everything. Here is a list of the “the rules” which also happen to be the title of each chapter in the book. 1. You [Read More…]

Raindrops of Love For a Thirsty World by Eileen Workman

Raindrops of Love For a Thirsty World by Eileen Workman In four parts, Raindrops of Love For a Thirsty World encourages readers to undertake self-examination in a way that encourages them to fall back in love with themselves and learn to practice healthy self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-love. Part I – Soft Love: The Wonder of [Read More…]

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby In 2012, Jacob Nordby spun out a poem that began: Blessed are the Weird People– poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters & troubadours– for they teach us to see through different eyes… This book expands on the famous poem. He helps the reader to [Read More…]

From Genocide to Generosity by John Steward

From Genocide to Generosity by John Steward Introduction From Genocide to Generosity by John Steward states its purpose through the subtitle: Hatred’s Heal on Rwanda’s Hills. The path to healing from hatred is from genocide to generosity. This was the lesson that John Steward learned through personal experience. Review In Part 1: Coping with Chaos [Read More…]

Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the fifth volume in the English edition of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works. The volume contains two works. Life Together The first book, Life Together, grew out of his two years’ experience as director of [Read More…]

22 Books I Read in 2016

22 Books I Read in 2016 Below is a list of links to book reviews for the 21 books I read in 2016. My goal was to read a book every two weeks. I didn’t reach my goal, but I came close. I enjoyed reading each and every book and I hope to continue the [Read More…]

Reclaiming Your Story by Merle R. Jordan

Reclaiming Your Story by Merle R. Jordan Reclaiming Your Story by Merle R. Jordan is about as the subtitle states: family history and spiritual growth. The central premise of the book is that (1): “deep spiritual transformation may occur when you have differentiated from your family of origin so that you harbor no ultimate loyalties [Read More…]