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Book Reviews: Contesting Catholicity

Reviewed this issue : Contesting Catholicity: A Theology for Other Baptists by Curtis Freeman.

       
Book Reviews: Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic

Book Reviews: Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic

Books reviewed in this issue are Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932-1933: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich by Angela Dienhart Hancock and Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God through His Word by David Whitehead.

       
Book Reviews: Hungry for Worship

Book Reviews: Hungry for Worship

Books reviewed in this week’s issue are Hungry for Worship: Challenges and Solutions for Today’s Church by Frank S. Page and L. Lavon Gray, The Way of Grace: Finding God on the Path of Surrender by Glandion Carney with Marjean Brooks and Unstoppable by Christine Caine.

       
Book Reviews: Thinking Through Paul

Book Reviews: Thinking Through Paul

Books reviewed in this issue are Thinking Through Paul by Bruce W. Longenecker & Todd D. Still and Secrets to Surrender: Living Wholeheartedly by Debby Akerman.

       
Book Reviews: Giving Blood

Book Reviews: Giving Blood

Books reviewed in this issue are Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching by Leonard Sweet, I Beg to Differ by Tim Muehlhoff  and Discovering Your Leadership Style: The Power of Chemistry, Strategy & Spirituality by David T. Olson.

       
Book Reviews: Unbroken

Book Reviews: Unbroken

Book reviews in this issue include Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Raw Spirituality by Tom Smith and Peace Catalysts: Resolving Conflict in our Families, Organizations & Communities by Rick Love.

       
Book Reviews: The Merciful Scar

Book Reviews: The Merciful Scar

Books reviewed in this issue are The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue and Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-year Journey from Prison to Peace by Michael Morton.

       
Book Reviews: A Secret Star

Book Reviews: A Secret Star

Books reviewed in this issue are A Secret Star by Krystyne F. Aleksandr and The Jesus Answer Book by John MacArthur.

       
Book Reviews: Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart

Book Reviews: Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart

Books reviewed in this issue are Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart by Kenneth C. Haugk and How to Talk to a Skeptic by Donald J. Johnson.

       
Book Reviews: Who is this man?

Book Reviews: Who is this man?

Books reviewed in this issue are Who is This Man? by John Ortberg and Living in Christ’s Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God by Dallas Willard.

       
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Book Reviews: Wisdom is a Woman

Books reviewed in this issue are Wisdom is a Woman: Exploring the Wisdom of God by Heidi Lee and Grandma Thoughts by Boots Brizendine.

       
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Book Review: Jesus is Better than You Imagined

Jesus is Better than You Imagined by Jonathan Merritt (FaithWords)

book merritt200Some readers will recognize Jonathan Merritt as the creation stewardship advocate who wrote Green Like God. Some will remember him as the stereotype-defying voice of young evangelicals who wrote A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. Others may know him as a perceptive analyst of faith and culture for Religion News Service and numerous national media outlets.

In Jesus is Better than You Imagined, Merritt takes a much more personal approach. He honestly describes the emptiness of legalistic religion and how it left him longing for something more. He transparently allows readers access into the hidden places of his life—his childhood sexual abuse by an older boy, the trauma of losing a dear friend to a rare disease, the betrayal of confidence he experienced when his struggle with same-sex attraction became public, the questions that plagued him when he saw Third World suffering up close and the dark nights of the soul when God seemed absent.

But in the process, Merritt experiences Jesus in unexpected places in the company of unlikely people. He finds joy in a vital and vibrant relationship with Jesus—the One who welcomes wandering sinners but confounds and confronts the self-righteous.

Read this book and discover anew why you fell in love with Jesus in the first place.

Ken Camp, managing editor

Baptist Standard

Plano

       
Book Reviews

Book Reviews: Visions of Vocation

Books reviewed in this issue are Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good by Steven Garber and Celibate Sex: Musings on Being Loved, Single, Twisted, and Holy by Abbie Smith.

       
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Book Reviews: 24 Hours that Changed the World

Books reviewed for this issue are 24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton and The Turning by Davis Bunn.

       

Book Reviews: Pastor, Staff and Congregational Relationships

Books reviewed in this issue are Pastor, Staff and Congregational Relationships Through Servant Leadership and Quality Administration edited by Bernie Spooner and Bound to a Promise by Bonnie Floyd.

       
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