Book Reviews

Book Reviews

What should you read, or not?

"What should I read?"

Good question – not all books are worth reading.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) wrote:

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

How reviews help.

Book reviews help you assess whether to taste or swallow, or to chew and digest.

I'll add some reviews, and I invite others to provide reviews, for the benefit of all.

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Here are some reviews:

Reaching Out

A Bigger Table

John Pavlovitz, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2017. Pp. xiii + 192, paper, $16.00 (USD).  John Pavlovitz (JP)... View

Saving the Bible from Ourselves

Glenn R. Paauw, Saving the Bible from Ourselves: Learning to Read and Live the Bible Well (InterVarsity Press, 2016).   You probably don’t give much thought to the format of the Bible. This book... View

Live Like You Give a Damn!

Tom Sine, Live Like You Give a Damn!: Join the Changemaking Celebration   (Cascade Books, 2016).   I was intrigued by the title and the author. A foreword by Walter Brueggemann was an additional... View


Jeff Vanderstelt. Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015. A delightful book! Vanderstelt writes about his experience as a pastor of... View

Reaching Out

Henri J. M. Nouwen. Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. New York, NY: Image Books, 1986. Pp. 165, paper, $14.00.     I've completed this, my first Nouwen book, with the... View

Paul's Covert Use of Scripture

David McAuley. Paul’s Covert Use of Scripture: Intertextuality and Rhetorical Situation in Philippians 2:10-16. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015. Pp. xiv + 292, paper, $34.00.   David... View

Restoring Health

Restoring Health: Body, Mind and Spirit by Ed A. Hird.  This book is part of the author’s focus on restoring health to the North American church by strengthening a new generation of healthy... View

Grand Central Question

Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews by Abdu H. Murray   In Grand Central Question, Murray identifies and addresses the main concerns of three major... View

Pray Like a Gourmet

Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul by David Brazzeal. The word ‘gourmet’ should bring to mind a person with a discerning palate who enjoys fine dining.   David Brazzeal... View

Surrender to Love

Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality by David G. Benner.   What does God think of you?    Do you relate to Him with fear or trust?    How does that affect your life?... View

Reverberations of the Exodus in Scripture

R. Michael Fox, ed., Reverberations of the Exodus in Scripture. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014. Pp. xx + 209, paper, $25.00.   How and why does Scripture use the exodus centuries after that event?... View

Kingdom First

Jeff Christopherson with Mac Lake, Kingdom First: Starting Churches that Shape Movements. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2015. Pp. xvii + 259, paper, $14.99.     Having read Jeff... View

Healing Troubled Hearts

William Day holds a Master of Theology (Marquette), a Master of Social Work (San Diego State) and a PhD. in clinical psychology (Union Institute and University). The back-cover of his book states... View

Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology

Gary T. Meadors, ed., Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009. Pp. 371, paper, $19.99.   How do we move beyond the Bible to theology and ethics?  In... View

An Old Testament Theology

Bruce K. Waltke with Charles Yu, An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007. 1,040 pp., cloth, $44.99.    For many, Bruce Waltke... View



A Bigger Table

John Pavlovitz, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2017. Pp. xiii + 192, paper, $16.00 (USD).  John Pavlovitz (JP) begins with the... Read More