A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Anyone who wants to understand how the secular modern world came into existence in the centuries following 1500. What’s the Big Takeaway - The story of secularism and modernity that people learn science and reject religion, is deficient and not grounded in reality. Taylor offers a much more nuanced…

Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Anyone who prays or wants to pray. What’s the Big Takeaway - We can learn to pray from the great tradition of the church, specifically the prayer at night (compline) which gives us words to pray when we don’t know what to say. And a quote - “When we’re…

A More Christlike Word:Reading Scripture the Emmaus Way by Bradley Jersak (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers, specifically persons who are Christians, who may struggle with understanding the Bible but love Jesus and desire to read the Bible in a Jesus-shaped way. What’s the Big Takeaway - The central revelation of the Bible is that Jesus is the clearest revelation of who God is and…

The Harp of the Spirit: Poems of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers who desire to sit at the feet of an ancient Christian spiritual master. What’s the Big Takeaway - Ancient Christian poetry beautifully communicates the wonder of who God is in Jesus. And a quote: “The shepherd of all flew down in search of Adam, the sheep that had…

Deconstructing Faith: Part of the Modern World Since the Beginning

You’ve probably heard people talk about going through times of deconstruction. It seems I’ve heard more people speak of this just in the last few weeks, from articles to students sharing stories. At the same time, this is not new at all. Working in campus ministry, I have always met students who are rethinking and…

The Voice of the Eagle by John Scotus Eriugena (Review)

Who Should Read This Book (These Books) - Readers interested in the history of Christian theology and spirituality who desire not just intellectual understanding but also to sit at the feet of a spiritual master. What’s the Big Takeway - My takeaway as I read these ancient saints is consistently the same: they have an…

Origen’s On First Principles translated by John Behr (Review)

Who Should Read This Book? - Theologians, pastors and anyone interested in Christian theology. What is the Big Takeaway? - The Church today would do well to learn how to read scripture from Origen. Also, John Behr is a treasure for his working in translating this. And a Quote - “There will be then, an…

What is God Like? by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Parents who desire for their young children to develop a healthy understanding of what God is like. What is the Big Takeaway - Questions don’t get any bigger than ones about God and while we’ll never fully understand God we can know that God is better, safer, more wonderful…

Surprised by God : How and Why What We Think about the Divine Matters by Chris Green (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Any Christian desiring to deepen their understanding about God. What is the Big Takeaway - There are a lot of poor beliefs and understandings of God prevalent among Christians but if we look within scripture, and church tradition, we find richer (and just better) ways to imagine and understand…

Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity by Charles Taylor (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers who desire to deepen their understanding of how the identify of modern people formed through the shifts in philosophy over the last few centuries. What is the Big Takeaway - The ancient world bequeathed to the West the idea of the good as objectively out there beyond us.…