Book Reviews

Recommended Books (Winter 2018)

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Recommended Books (Winter 2018)

The cold grey days of winter are here again. This year has been particularly frigid, driving even the hardiest indoors for unusually long spells. In such weather, there are few pass times more profitable than spending the day in a reading chair with a good book. Below we have provided some of our favorite reads from recent weeks that may be beneficial to you as we slog through the last half of the season. Be sure to leave us some of your favorite suggestions in the comment box. ____________________ Jane Austen, Emma (Mineola, NY: Dover...

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Book Review: Faith Formation in a Secular Age

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Book Review: Faith Formation in a Secular Age

In early 2015, I remember picking up a then recent copy of Youthworker Journal with the headline article reading, “Why Theology Isn’t Enough for Youth Ministry.”[1] The author’s name was familiar: Andrew Root, who had also published youth ministry titles such as The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry and The Relational Pastor.[2] While I had strong reservations about the author’s thesis in the article, I have grown to appreciate Root’s desire to think more theologically and philosophically about ministry among youth. Root’s works are a...

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Forum Contributors Share Their Favorite Books

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Forum Contributors Share Their Favorite Books

Each year Forum contributors read, review, or survey hundreds of books. We try to share the best of our reading with Forum readers in the form of quarterly book recommendations. However, as 2017 draws to a close, each of us look back over the year and consider what book rises to the top of our lists—the ones that stimulated our thinking, challenged our thinking, or in some cases, brought great delight. Below each contributor shares their “favorite book read” in 2017. Some titles are somewhat dated, while others are more recent publications....

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Recommended Books (Fall 2017)

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Recommended Books (Fall 2017)

“Words are the progeny of the soul,” states Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 150-215).[1] As our bodies produce children for posterity, so do our souls. Just as we all wish to produce good children to build up the coming generation, Clement argues we should be careful to leave only the best words to those who come after us. In this way of thinking, “wisdom is a communicative and philanthropic thing.”[2] For this reason, Clement cautions us to test ourselves to see if we are qualified to “leave behind . . . written records” or to read them.[3] To...

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Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

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Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

by Ben Campbell “For too long, YFM (Youth and Family Ministry) has suffered from pragmatic solutions to eternal problems,” concludes Talbot.[1] For the past forty years, the goal of youth ministry has been to gain students through entertainment. The time has come for a reformation and a remodeling of youth ministry. In Remodeling Youth Ministry, Christopher Talbot does an exceptional job of communicating the need to return to a Biblical model for youth ministry. About the Author Talbot teaches Youth and Family Ministry and serves as campus...

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Book Review: Old Testament Exegesis

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Book Review: Old Testament Exegesis

Douglas Stuart, Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). Within the Christian academic community, there are many resources for the aspiring Bible student. A cursory glance at the resource section of a Christian bookstore will show myriad concordances, Bible handbooks, commentaries, Bible translations, and more. Even with these resources, bridging Bible reading and Biblical interpretation can be difficult for all involved. For this reason, some of the most beneficial resources...

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Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

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Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

by Zach Vickery “We’re living and ministering in an era of swift and unprecedented change, especially regarding the definition of sexuality, gender, and marriage,” writes J. Matthew Pinson in Sexuality, Gender, and the Church.[1] Though these issues are not unique to our day, many changes concerning sexuality and gender have arisen in recent years that have forced the church to reaffirm and strengthen its historical positions. While numerous books are being written on this very subject, few are as comprehensive as Sexuality, Gender, and the...

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Recommended Books (Summer 2017)

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Recommended Books (Summer 2017)

Reading is a sacred act of creation and memory. Our ability to use words to call worlds historic and fantastical into existence is a part of God’s image in us. When we write, we create new worlds on the page that are fully realized only when our words are incarnated in the mind of a reader. Sometimes those worlds are florid products of our imaginations that are only tangentially tethered to the real world. These creations recall and echo the creation of Genesis 1. We are mimicking our Father as only a small child can. Yet reading also allows...

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What’s All the Fuss About “The Benedict Option”?

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What’s All the Fuss About “The Benedict Option”?

by Christa Hill with Matthew Steven Bracey For several years now, Rod Dreher, prominent conservative thinker and journalist, has been talking about the Benedict Option. For nearly as long, several of Dreher’s critics and allies have not had a clear understanding of what exactly he is proposing. Finally, Dreher published The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation in 2017. In this 262-page volume, Dreher outlines what he believes to be the best way for Christians to preserve the faith in the midst of an...

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ANYONE CAN BE SAVED: Book Review

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ANYONE CAN BE SAVED: Book Review

by Richard E. Clark From General/Arminian to Particular/Calvinist, Baptists have struggled to locate themselves along the theological spectrum. Some have unsuccessfully tried to avoid the debate, labeling themselves Calminians.[1] Others, however, have attempted to escape the paradigm altogether and articulate a unique theological identity for themselves. Anyone Can Be Saved (Wipf & Stock, 2016) is a collection of essays expounding upon what is being referred to as “Traditional Southern Baptist soteriology.”[2] This book...

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