How to be Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi (Review)

Who Should Read this book - People who want to learn what it means to be antiracist. What’s the Big Takeaway - All persons are capable of being racist and being antiracist at the same time so we must constantly ask ourselves, examine our lives and actions and beliefs, as to which one we are…

The Dream Child’s Progress and Other Essays by David Bentley Hart

Who Should Read This Book? - Anyone who enjoys reading profound, entertaining and imaginative essays on philosophy, theology, history and even book reviews on obscure books. What’s the Big Takeaway? - I am not sure there is one takeaway from a book like this as the essays range in topic far and wide. I suppose…

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers interested in church history would of course enjoy this, but I think there is wisdom to learn from the early church for pastors, church leaders and anyone ministering/mentoring persons in faith. What is the Big Takeaway - The earliest church (100-300 AD) rather than having any sort of…

The Ethics of Authenticity by Charles Taylor (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Anyone who wants to better understand why our contemporary culture has come to so highly value authenticity (be true to yourself). The Big Takeaway - The modern age of authenticity is not merely to be unequivocally celebrated (“boosters”) nor unflinchingly opposed (“knockers”) but instead to be critically examined so…

Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1964 by Taylor Branch (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - People who are REALLY into American history and want a DEEP DIVE into the story of the Civil Rights movement. What’s the Big Takeaway - Branch stays focused on the story and avoids drawing lessons for today, so any take-always are up to the reader. That said, I’d say…

Jesus Loves Canaanites by Randall Rauser (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Christians who are uncertain how to understand the violent parts of scripture, especially the conquest of Canaan in Deuteronomy and Joshua. While definitely a good read for pastors, Rauser’s writing style is welcoming and approachable to lay Christians as well. What’s the Big Takeaway - Christian faith is rooted…

White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White by Daniel Hill (Review)

Who Should Read this Book: White folks - specifically Christians but really anyone - who want to honestly examine and wrestle with what it means to be white, how whiteness shapes us, and how we can become aware. What’s the Big Takeaway: Our culture shapes how we see everything and western culture, for centuries, has…

A Living Alternative: Anabaptist Christianity in a Post-Christendom World; Edited by Joanna Harader and A.O. Green (Review)

Who Should Read This Book- Anyone interested in Anabaptist Christian tradition, especially Christians disillusioned with the nationalist bent of the faith and looking for a different tradition rooted in the nonviolent teaching of Jesus. What’s the Big Takeaway - As the west becomes an increasingly post-Christian culture, the Anabaptist tradition may be uniquely poised to…