Tag: book review

The Complicated Fall of Post-Charismatic Evangelicalism: A Review of Quitting Church by Julia Duin

Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and Waht to Do About it by Julia Duin 180 pp. Baker Academic, $12.99 What makes books by journalists so fun is that, when they’re actually being journalists rather than amateur psychologists or philosophers, there’s usually no overarching thesis to such a book.  Instead, the news story becomes…

The Rhetoric of Repentance: A Review of Telling God's Story

Telling God’s Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation by John W. Wright 164 pp.  $19.00  IVP Academic I actually became aware of this book while reading Stan Hauerwas’s Working with Words (which I reviewed here) earlier this summer.  Hauerwas, in an essay on preaching, suggested that the rhetorical character of preaching, its spoken-to-you-right-here character, was…

Will the Real Constantine Please Stand Up?: A Review of On the Verge for SpeakEasy Bloggers

On the Verge: A Journey into the Apostolic Future of the Church by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson 366 pp. $19.99  Zondervan Perhaps, at their roots, all church planters have to be Platonists. I’ve been aware of the church-planting movement since I started seminary in 1999: while the “cool kids” were all about striking out…

Reading with Friends: A Review of Stanley Hauerwas's Working with Words

Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian by Stanley Hauerwas 295 pp.  $37.00 Cascade Books I often review books that publishers and book-review Internet books send my way, but it’s nice once in a while to take a look at a book that I read because I heard about it and bought it.  The…

Fear and Pity: A Review of The Nature of Love: A Theology for SpeakEasy Bloggers

The Nature of Love: A Theology By Thomas Jay Oord. 195 pp. $25.99 (hardcover) Perhaps I’m odd for thinking of Aristotle’s Poetics after I’ve read a book on Christian theology, but there it is.  By the time I got to the end of Thomas Oord’s latest offering all I could think about was Aristotle’s classic…

Book Review: The Marketplace of Ideas

The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University By Louis Menand. 174 pp. W.W. Norton. $14.95 (paperback) I missed The Marketplace of Ideas when it was first released early last year, but its message has not faded in relevance in the intervening months–even as new books that seek to define what, exactly,…

Long on Diagnosis, Short on Viable Responses: A Review of Generation iY

Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future by Tim Elmore 228 pp.  Poet Gardner Publishing.  $16.99 Tim Elmore came to Emmanuel College in early August as our guest speaker for faculty workshop week, and every faculty member present got a free copy of this book.  His workshop presentation derived more or less point-for-point…

Handy for an Overview: A Review of Coffeehouse Theology for The Ooze Viral Bloggers

Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life. By Ed Cyzewski 233 pp. NavPress. $14.99. I have to admit that I enjoyed reading an optimistic book, even one whose optimism I don’t always share.  In the closing pages of Coffeehouse Theology, Ed Cyzewski, a seminary graduate who apparently read all the same books I did…

The Theological Datum Is your Friend: A Review of Walter Brueggemann’s An Unsettling God

An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible By Walter Brueggemann. 212 pp. Fortress Press. $22.00. I first encountered Walter Brueggemann’s project as a senior at Milligan College, but I really became a disciple of Bruggemann’s in 2000 when as a seminarian I read his gigantic 1997 Theology of the Old Testament. Here was…

A Different Way to Do Luther: A Review of Colors of God for Ooze Viral Bloggers

Colors of God: Conversations about Being the Church. By Randall Mark Peters, Dave Phillips, and Quentin Steen. 231 pp. Authentic.  $15. Three years have passed now since I stopped posting over at theooze.com’s message boards, and I have to admit that I don’t entirely miss the experience.  When I did decide to leave, the tone…

More Hopeful than a Manifesto: A Review of Mere Churchianity

Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality By Michael Spencer 229 pp. Cascade Books. $13.99 Two influences obviously shaped my experience of reading this book: for one, as I wrote in my post “On the Death of Facebook Friends” in April, I read this book as the posthumous work of an Internet personality…