Books

My review of N.T. Wright’s “Simply Good News”

January 6, 2015
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N.T. Wright’s new book, released today, Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good (HarperOne, $24.99) sets out to reorient and refocus the Christian faith by examining its central tenet: the gospel. Continue reading on Patheos …  

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“Copia,” poems by Erika Meitner

October 1, 2014
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In her new collection of poetry, Copia, Erika Meitner writes about urban and suburban life, consumption and excess, desire and disappointment, and perhaps mostly about loss and hope. Read more …

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Review: Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers

September 4, 2014

In Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning Teachings About Biblical Women, Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti sets out to do nothing less than overturn six thousand years of patriarchy, misogyny, and marginalization of women within Judaism and Christianity. Read more …

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Review: Reoriented by Tyler J. Francke

May 12, 2014
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Tyler Francke’s new novel “Reoriented” tackles the most divisive issue facing modern Christianity: homosexuality. Through the fictional story of a gay student at a Christian college, Francke offers an engaging and thought-provoking exploration of “faith, scripture and sexual identity.”

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The best Christian book of the year

March 10, 2014
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Several years ago, I attended a church discussion group on the topic of women in ministry. The pastor leading the group spent the first forty-five minutes forcefully laying out the “biblical” case for why women aren’t allowed to be pastors. After his diatribe, I asked him, “if women can’t be pastors, does that mean God […]

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Book Giveaway: Andy Stanley’s “How To Be Rich”

March 5, 2014

‏A few months ago, Andy Stanley tweeted about his new book “How To Be Rich,” and I replied with a snarky response: @AndyStanley Jan 13 Just found out some of you haven’t purchased your copy yet. Join the movement. BeRich http://tinyurl.com/mrtmmo2 [email protected] Jan 13 @AndyStanley I understand how me buying your book makes YOU rich. […]

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Free Ebook: “Russian Wonder Tales”

January 3, 2014
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In 1912 Post Wheeler, an American diplomat stationed in St. Petersberg, collected and translated twelve Russian folktales along with their accompanying illustrations by Ivan Bilibin.

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Recent posts elsewhere

December 5, 2013

Over on Patheos, I reviewed John Andrew Morrow’s “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.” It’s an interesting book about the textual basis for a peaceful and inclusive form of Islam. My review generated a lengthy discussion in the comments section with someone who’s passionate in his anti-Islamic beliefs. This […]

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Free Book: The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails

October 30, 2013
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I don’t generally recommend books I haven’t read, but in this case I’m happy to make an exception. Randal Rauser’s writing is always thought-provoking, relevant and worthwhile — and given today’s special, it’s now eminently affordable! Today only (Wednesday, October 30), the e-version of Rauser’s book The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver and Other Apologetic […]

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Review: What on Earth Do We Know about Heaven? by Randal Rauser

October 4, 2013
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If you pick up Randal Rauser’s book “What on Earth Do We Know about Heaven?” expecting a scintillating first-hand account of Rauser’s near-death experience and his subsequent journey into the afterlife you’ll be greatly disappointed. Instead of serving up an epic tale of post-mortem exploits, Rauser, a prolific blogger and self-described “progressive evangelical,” offers thoughtful […]

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