Book Review: CANCER IS FUNNY

That we have all been touched by cancer, if not personally, then relationally, is why Jason Micheli’s new book, Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo, is such an important book. It’s also my first must-read recommendation of 2017. … [Read more...]

#KillerSerials: An Interview with Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary, joins Tony Jones and Ryan Parker for a discussion about his new book, WATCHING TV RELIGIOUSLY: TELEVISION AND THEOLOGY IN DIALOGUE. The new book is a perfect resource for educators, influencers, and fans looking to engage the medium on a deeper level. Take a listen after the jump. … [Read more...]

Book Review: MUSLIMS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA

It's hard to pin down Trump's most offensive and un-American statements during his campaign, but the idea of deporting or preventing immigration by Muslims...by performing some sort of vague religious test...might well qualify. In his latest book, Muslims and the Making of America, professor and scholar Amir Hussain sets out to show just how tightly Islam and Muslims are woven into the fabric of America. … [Read more...]

Book Review: THE NEW MUTANTS

I've been reading loads of comics lately. Recently, I came across Ramzi Fawaz’ new book, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, which sounded like a good academic companion. I was right. The New Mutants is not only one of the smartest critiques of comics I’ve ever read, it’s one of the most brilliant academic engagements with pop culture, period. … [Read more...]

Book Review: LEAVING A-HOLINESS BEHIND

Christian Piatt's new book, Leaving A-Holiness Behind: From Pious Jerk to Not-So-Pious Jerk, works well, in part, because he admits what so few people faith are eager to admit. Namely, that he--and the rest of us--are a bunch of assholes. If that statement offends you, well, you definitely need to read the book. … [Read more...]

Book Review: IMAGINE ME GONE

Of all the films, video games, TV series, comics, and books that I'll consume this year, few will move me as deeply as Adam Haslett's latest novel, Imagine Me Gone. … [Read more...]

Book Review: CHARLES WILLIAMS, THE THIRD INKLING

When compared to friends and fellow writers C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams seems like an unknown. It’s a shame because I’ve always found his novels—also full of supernatural elements—to be more thoughtful and thought-provoking (theologically and spiritually) than Lewis' or Tolkien’s. Thankfully, Williams has finally received the attention he and his work deserves in the form of a fantastic new biography, Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by Grevel Lindop. … [Read more...]

Book Review: APOSTLE

Tom Bissell's book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, is not only one of the best books written about video games, it's one of my favorite works of nonfiction. So when I saw that Bissell had turned his attention and wit to the apostles, I couldn't wait to read the results. It's as insightful, biting, and funny as I had hoped it would be. … [Read more...]