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Book Review: In new book, pastor challenges Islamophobia

Ben Daniel, a Presbyterian pastor from California, recently set out to investigate the stereotypes of Islam that lead to fear-mongering and hate. In The Search for Truth about Islam: A Christian Pastor Separates Fact From Fiction, Mr. Daniel ventures across the Atlantic for a genuine and sincere understanding of Islam, and provides a charming and heartwarming look at the religion that is now puzzling millions of Americans.

Book Review: Richard Rohr’s latest offers true Christian wisdom

As a pastor himself, Richard draws abiding wisdom and warning from his years of dealing with others, himself and God. He provides first aid to folks who are recovering from religion, and he offers it with an openness one doesn’t often see in church leadership.

Book Review: Author guides us from finances to faithfulness

By Mark Norman, Special Contributor… Rich Church, Poor Church: Keys to Effective Financial Ministry J. Clif Christopher Abingdon Press, 2012 Paperback, 120 pages We are living in a shift. With cultural changes in the United States and our global financial situation in turmoil, it is important that the work of the church expands to talk […]

Book Review: Writer’s journey in faith enlightens and entertains

Despite his distinguished career as a writer and United Methodist leader, the Rev. James C. Howell recognizes the awkwardness of writing a memoir. The genre, he notes in his introduction, easily slides into self-obsession and personal analysis

Book Review: ‘Torn’ offers balanced talk on church & homosexuality

I have never met the author, but after reading Torn I feel as though I know him, and can’t help but like him. He’s funny, for starters. How he manages to keep a sense of humor in the midst of such difficult and painful struggles is pretty amazing. He also obviously has a strong desire to live his life as a faithful Christian and to take the Bible very seriously

Book Reviews: From theology to thrillers – a bishop’s reading list

By Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Special Contributor… Editor’s note: Bishop Goodpaster shares brief reflections on the books he read in the second half of 2012. The Faith of Leap by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch (Baker Books, 2011) My first read of this book was done quickly because I could not put it down. My second […]

Book Review: Pets in devotional book demonstrate God’s love

My life would be much less full without the love of my dogs. They pull me out of my introverted self and often serve as a catalyst for me to talk to perfect strangers. Animals can break down the barriers that we put up between ourselves.

Book Review: A path to uniting Christians in common mission

And God Spoke to Abraham: Preaching from the Old Testament Fleming Rutledge Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 Paperback, 421 pages Fleming Rutledge is the most interesting preacher today working the fault line between the mainline churches and evangelicalism. Throughout this remarkable collection of Old Testament sermons, she calls for mainliners and evangelicals to realize […]

Book Review: ‘Saint Who Would Be Santa’

By Greg Garrett, Special Contributor… The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus Adam C. English Baylor University Press, 2012 Hardcover, 246 pages Not many holy people get the bumper sticker treatment. There was St. Francis in the ’60s, oft-presented as a hippie tree-hugger who loved everything and everybody. There was Mother Teresa, improbably quoted and […]

Book Review: Finding new paths to interfaith understanding

By Wes Magruder, Special Contributor…  Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World Brian McLaren Jericho Books, 2012 Hardcover, 288 pages   My conversion began with Mohammed, a smiling 21-year-old Sudanese refugee who began attending our small missional community called New Day, in North Dallas. He […]