Category: Reviews (Books)

The Courage to be Just*

In recent years, evangelical Christians have begun joining tradition of seeking social justice that Catholics and others have long excelled at.  In doing so, they have often advocated protecting the poor, the orphan, and the widow on grounds that we...

/ July 28, 2008

Sex, Sushi & Salvation (Redux)

“I sense a craving in our churches and youth groups for a deeper union with Christ.” (p.81) In Sex, Sushi, & Salvation Christian George has continued the informal literary tradition of On the Road and Blue Like Jazz to give...

/ June 12, 2008

Sex, Sushi and Salvation: Under Review

Donald Miller of Blue Like Jazz fame gave the world a baptized version of Jack Kerouac’s storyized ramblings. Now, Christian George has given us a more orthodox exploration of life as a Christian in the 21st age in his creatively...

/ May 12, 2008

Action, Education, and Being: A Response to Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas, founder of The Center for Evangelical Spirituality, graciously answered my critiques of his pragmatic and helpful book, “Sacred Marriage.” The conversation continues below with my thoughts on excerpts of his helpful response. I’ve read your primary critique once...

/ February 21, 2008

Gary Thomas on "Sacred Marriage"

After reviewing “Sacred Marriage,” an insightful book suggesting that Christians would do well to view their marriages as a means to holiness, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a thoughtful response from the author, Gary Thomas. His remarks are published...

/ February 21, 2008

Marriage as a Spiritual Discipline

Despite roundly panning Gary Thomas’ book Sacred Marriage last week for it’s fundamentally questionable premise, I have to admit that he has a lot of good things to say in response to the historic trend among Christians to look down...

/ January 31, 2008

Review: Sacred Marriage

Gary Thomas’ Sacred Marriage is a well-reasoned and thoughtful response to the centuries-old tradition of viewing spiritual formation as primarily taking place between an individual and God—a tradition that often celebrates being celibate while marginalizing marriage. It is also fundamentally...

/ January 24, 2008

Under Review: Neurosis and Human Growth

There are few books that I read (fortunately) that hit me with what I can only describe as “explosive force.” In fact, Karen Horney’s Neurosis and Human Growth is one of the first books I can remember that I could...

/ September 27, 2007

Under Review: The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture

GodBlogCon, with which I have been formally associated in the past, rests on the assumption that Christians should engage culture and do so using whatever tools are at our disposal. In this case, that’s the “new media.” It is a...

/ September 26, 2007

The Future and Its Enemies

For many, the future is a source of anxiety. Macbeth’s temptation–to know with certainty the outcome of our lives–is powerful because it is common. Yet there are others for whom the unknown possibilities of what is to come prompt only...

/ September 25, 2007