Book Reviews

Hijacked urges churches to avoid partisan politics

Clayton Childers reviews Hijacked: Responding to the Partisan Church Divide, a new book by Mike Slaughter and Charles E. Gutenson.

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Tracking the rise and fall of Methodism in America
Special contributor Thomas Kidd reviews Mark Tooley’s new book Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century.

 

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Book unveils story of slave-owning bishop
A recent book called The Accidental Slaveowner, by Mark Auslander, investigates the extent of slave ownership by Bishop James O. Andrew, key figure in the 1844 split of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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 Writer records ‘mid-faith crisis’.
Lauren Winner, the popular spiritual memoirist who teaches at Duke Divinity School, is out with a new book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis. Special contributor Diana Holbert has our review.

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‘Beauty Will Save’ presents a case against pragmatism.
Brian Zahnd’s new book Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity is the subject of an admiring review by the Rev. Morgan Guyton.

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Book offers inviting intro to founders of Methodism.

The new book John & Charles Wesley, by Paul Wesley Chilcote of Asbury Theological Seminary, offers annotated excerpts from the works of Methodism’s founding brothers. We have a review. 

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Wesley’s advice inspires guide to essential books.

Staff writer Mary Jacobs reviews 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics. She notes that John Wesley was an inspiration for this new volume.

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The path to good preaching.
The Rev. James C. Howell’s new book The Beauty of the Word is all about preaching, and our reviewer, the Rev. David Mosser, considers it an in-depth, highly literate and extremely useful account of the craft.

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Bishop plays key role in new mystery novel.
Special contributor Joan La Barr reviews The Dead Saint, Marilyn Brown Oden’s latest mystery novel, which is set in New Orleans and has a female bishop as a major character.

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