Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendental Faith in a Disenchanted World
By Mike Cosper (InterVarsity Press)
In Recapturing the Wonder, Harbor Media founder Mike Cosper seeks to “lift the veil a little bit on how the world has shaped us, and how we’ve learned to see things through the lens of disenchantment.” Given Cosper’s intended audience—lay people in the church without formal theological training—he accomplishes this goal well. Picking up on the work of writers like Charles Taylor and James K.A. Smith, Cosper examines ways in which modern institutions shape our understanding of the world without our knowledge, and how the messages these institutions impart to us affect our understanding of the Christian faith.
Cosper is concerned especially with the effect of modern technology on the Christian experience of the world. Fearing that endless mediation of important life experiences through LED screens has “disenchanted” the world for many, Cosper suggests spiritual disciplines such as contemplative Bible reading and structured prayers can help increase awareness of God’s presence in the world. Cosper’s writing is accessible and thoughtful, making his book both enjoyable and thought provoking.
Jake Raabe, student
Truett Theological Seminary