Book Reviews: Beyond Left and Right

Books reviewed are Beyond Left and Right by Amy E. Black, Baptists and the Lordship of Christ by Charles W. Deweese, A Glimpse of Heaven, compiled by Richard Leonard and JoNancy Linn Sundberg, “What Does Jesus Say About …”: Christ Speaks to Us Today by Cecil Price and Ephesians and Colossians by Charles H. Talbert.

Book Reviews: Go Big

Books reviewed are Go Big: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth by Bill Easum and Bil Cornelius and Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America by Jeffery L. Sheler.

Book Reviews: Small Town, Big Miracle

martin bookBooks reviewed are Small Town, Big Miracle by W.C. Martin, Handoff: The Only Way to Win the Race of Life by Jeff Meyers and Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living by Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation.

Book Reviews: Pray Big

Books reviewed: Pray Big:The Power of Pinpoint Prayers by Will Davis Jr. (Revell), Content to be Good, Called to be Godly by Janet Denison (Tyndale House) and Wrestling With God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Trust? by Jim Denison (Tyndale House)

Book Reviews: The Yellow Leaves

Books reviewed are The Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany by Frederick Buechner; Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey by Trudy Harris; and By My Own Reckoning by Cecil Sherman.

Book Reviews: Raising a Modern-Day Knight

Books reviewed are Raising a Modern-Day Knight: A Father’s Role in Guiding His Son to Authentic Manhood by Robert Lewis, Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons, Worship That Pleases God: A Biblical Perspective by James W. Bartley and When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Larger Church Congregations by Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont.

Book Reviews: Ephesians: God's Eternal Glory

We review Ephesians: God’s Eternal Glory by Preston Taylor, The Shack by William P. Young and Rebekah Ann Naylor, M.D.: Missionary Surgeon in Changing Times by Camille Lee Hornbeck.

Book Reviews: The Wounded Minister

Book reviews of The Wounded Minister—Healing From and Preventing Personal Attacks by Guy Greenfield and A Distinctively Baptist Church: Renewing Your Church in Practice by Ronnie Prevost.

Book Reviews: Joining Forces: Balancing Masculine and Feminine

Book reviews of Joining Forces: Balancing Masculine and Feminine by Jeanie Miley, Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Home with God: In a Life that Never Ends by Neale Donald Walsch.

Some spiritual alternatives to trashy beach reading

Kristen Campbell suggests seven books you could take along for vacation reading this summer.

Book Reviews: Sacred Rhythms

Barton does more than remind people not to neglect the spiritual disciplines; she guides them toward spiritual reflection and instructs through “practice” sections at the end of each chapter.

Books: Organizing for Life

Books reviewed in this issue are Organizing for Life by Sandra Felton, Social Work with Volunteers by Michael E. Sherr and Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century by Jennifer A. Marshall.

Book Reviews: Questions To All Your Answers

Reviews of Questions To All Your Answers: The Journey From Folk Religion to Examined Faith by Roger Olson,
Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith by Joy Jordan-Lake and
Connecting Women: A Relational Guide for Leaders in Womens Ministry by Linda Lesniewski.

Books: The Problem with Evangelical Theology

The Problem with Evangelical Theology by Ben Witherington III (Baylor University Press)

Ben Witherington, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, contends that evangelicals are, in general, biblically illiterate and tend to embrace theology that would be unknown to the early church fathers prior to St. Augustine. Instead, they often cling to their respective denominational doctrines without thoroughly examining the scriptural texts, often unwilling to do the hard work of learning the original languages and deeply studying the contexts of the writings.

Scholars cast critical eye on Graham’s legacy

WASHINGTON (RNS)—Ecumenist, prophet, peacemaker. Friend of presidents and queens. Evangelical powerbroker who was sometimes too closely tied to politicians. Each description applies to Billy Graham.

An official 1991 biography by William Martin called America’s foremost evangelist a Prophet With Honor. The editors of a new book largely agree, but not without casting a more critical eye on Graham’s remarkable career.

There are many reasons to appreciate Graham, say the authors of The Legacy of Billy Graham without granting him iconic status.
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