Category: Reviews

Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ

A book by Eugene Peterson is not to be missed; this one is no exception.  Peterson’s intention is to “engage in an extended and serious conversation with my brother and sister Christians around the phrase ‘growing up in Christ’.”  It is Jesus’ resurrection, he says, that establishes the conditions in which we “live and mature …

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The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why

Phyllis Tickle is a provocative speaker and insightful commentator on the changes we see all around us on the American religious scene today, especially in the church.  Founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, Tickle is also an involved Episcopalian who serves as a eucharistic minister and is senior fellow of Cathedral College at the …

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The Grace of it All: Reflections on the Art of Ministry

Written by a Lutheran pastor with more than forty years experience in the Chicago area, who moved in retirement into seminary teaching in this country and Eastern Europe, this is a wisdom-filled book.  Author F. Dean Lueking’s Preface begins: “A treasure has been given to me, one that I want to share.”  That treasure is …

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The Hyphenateds

by Phil Snider, Editor Diana Butler Bass coined the term “re-traditioning” several years ago to describe the ferment afoot in churches; Phyllis Tickle applies the term to the diverse forms of religious life seen in new Christian communities sprouting up on the American landscape.  Tickle calls attention in her work to the five-hundred-year cycle in …

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Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain (DVD)

by Robert Gardner, producer/director A thousand years ago in Southern Spain, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived side by side in peace, and thrived.  Their respective cultures and beliefs intertwined, the knowledge of the ancients was gathered and reborn, and produced the seeds that would be the Renaissance.  Sadly, their world vanished all-too-quickly, swept away by …

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Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry

by Margaret J. Marcuson, Author The author is a seasoned pastor who speaks and writes on leadership and works with church leaders nationally as consultant and coach.  Acknowledging at the outset that leadership in ministry is difficult today, she asserts that it need not be a recipe for burnout – – that there is an …

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Like Breath and Water: Praying with Africa

by Ciona D. Rouse, Author A beautiful book on so many levels – – pictures, words, prayers, theology.  Pages filled with passion and desperation, injustice and insensitivity, death – – and hope.  The author of liturgies found in the Africana Worship series responded to the advice of an expatriate from Mali who told her, “If …

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Dream. Think. Be. Do.

We read and hear much about the “emerging Church” and the many ways in which we are rethinking Church in our time. Some folks, like best-selling novelist Anne Rice, are fed up with what they see as the refusal of Christians to take Christ’s teachings seriously, and they abandon institutional Christianity. Others simply settle into …

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