Book Reviews from 2019

Jackie Hill Perry is one of those voices you can’t ignore.  I knew before reading this book that Perry had experience with same-sex attraction (SSA). I also knew of her giftedness in communication. My big question in coming to this book was: How would Perry use her experience and giftedness? There are many winsome communicators

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Andrew Peterson was a young musician when he posted a message board comment to one of his favorite bands, Cademon’s Call, with a link to his lyrics. This spontaneous act set off a long spiral of events that have shaped him and led him to his vocation as a musician. His story has been anything

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C.H. Spurgeon describes Psalm 119 as a kaleidoscope. In his admiration of the psalm, he describes the beauty and various shapes as one turns and shifts the glass back and forth. He exclaims that the psalm is “equally delicate and beautiful.”[1] His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which focuses

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After Christ’s apostles, no sinful human being has exerted greater influence on the heart and mind of the church than Augustine of Hippo (354-430 B.C.). Over the last century, scholars have argued that Western church history is, technically speaking, Augustinian. Carl Truman insists, “as all medieval theology was to some extent a dialogue with Augustine,

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After many years ministering in Third World Countries among low-income communities, I have asked myself how churches can help and care for the poor in a meaningful way. It took mountains of good effort but always questioning if it was an effective way to do it. I started looking for answers by reading and hearing

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We were unprepared for the fast rise of our digital life. We don’t understand, and maybe don’t recognize, the way our world has changed. And it’s not over. Driverless cars, geriatric-care robots, and augmented reality are some of the technology that could shape our world—and its people—next.  Sherry Turkle, a clinician psychologist and professor at

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Every pastor who loves Jesus and his Church wants the church he leads to grow. After all, Jesus made it clear that he came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10), to build his Church (Matt. 16:18), and to lead his followers to become fishers of men (Mark 1:17). Before he ascended to

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Conversations about sexual abuse are delicate dances around landmines of shame and traumatic memories. Generally, we tease apart abuse only in the raw and protected atmosphere of a therapist’s office. Bound up by shame and humiliation, fear of retaliation, and the expectation of not being believed, survivors hold their past like a hand of cards

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Even as a child, I was fascinated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Where I lived, it was the only regular religious programming on television, and on it, I found a tawdry mix of the familiar and the different. It was commonplace in the sense that several of the preachers were preaching end-times sermons with big

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Several years ago I met a very interesting man while flying to speak at a conference. He was finishing a Ph.D. with a specialization in shark research. That immediately made him cool to me. After talking about sharks for an hour, he turned the conversation to me and asked about my career.  The first part

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