Filed under Books: Reviews and Remarks

Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson

I just finished reading Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead (Willow Creek) and Jon Tyson (Trinity Grace Church: NYC). More than anything else, this is Whitehead and Tyson’s attempt at describing what the Christian life looks like in 2011. They cover a range of topics including: abundant life, God’s dream for humanity, generosity, love, grace, freedom, commitment, community, … Continue reading

The Simple Life

I just finished reading, The Simple Life: Time, Relationships, Money, God by Thom S. and Art Rainer.  You may know Thom from books like Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples and Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts. Based on a survey of 1,077 individuals, Thom and Art saw that an overwhelming … Continue reading

Book Review: A Lovers Quarrel with the Evangelical Church

I just finished reading Warren Cole Smith’s A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church.  You can find the official website here.  You could probably more accurately call this book, Smith’s Quarrel with the Republican-Evangelical Alliance, Historical Amnesia, Megachurches, Christian Consumerism, Pragmatic Evangelism, and the Uncritical Embrace of Technology.  If you’re in the camp that equates … Continue reading

So Beautiful

A few weeks back I recieved So Beautiful by Leonard Sweet. I’m not sure what you think of Sweet’s work, but I happen to be a fan.  So many of the books I read these days seem to be a rehashing of the latest greatest common wisdom of the day, but I never get that … Continue reading

BWIII on Viola’s Reimagining Church

If you haven’t, you need to go over and check out Ben Witherington’s comments on Frank Viola’s Reimagining Church. He really spends a lot of time interacting with Viola’s work, and I think you’ll find some interesting insights here. Ben Witherington – Reimagining Church with Frank Viola, Part 1 Ben Witherington – Reimagining Church with … Continue reading

Powerful Reading

During seminary, I read Thomas Merton’s autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, and I really enjoyed it. Last week I checked out Sue Monk Kidd’s book, Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings, from the local library. Apparently Merton had a big influence on her life and writing, so it inspired me to buy more of Merton’s works. … Continue reading

First Books of 2008

Kevin Watson over at Deeply Committed has a post about the first five books he’ll read in 2008. So, I thought I’d share my first five for 2008 too. I’m a book geek too, so my family got me either books or Amazon gift cards! Some of these are for my upcoming D.Min. class (the … Continue reading

Christmas Books

I always get books for Christmas from my Mom, and this year was no different.  So, my latest additions are: I’ve already started reading Dan Kimball’s book (I read his online chapter awhile back), and I really like his emphasis on getting outside of the office and living missionally as a pastor.  The other book, … Continue reading

Upcoming Reading

I’m through with the reading component of my first D.Min. course. The remaining class section will be dealing mostly with case studies. So…I’ve decided I should order some other books to give me something to read in the meantime. Here are the next books I’m looking forward to receiving from Amazon.com. Philosphy & Theology by … Continue reading