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…

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.…

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…

The Bill Hodges Trilogy – Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Stephen King fans (obviously) but especially readers of fiction who might not like horror but want to read some King. This whole series (Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and this one) would be a fine entry into the non-horror side of King. What’s the Big Takeaway - King is known…

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Christian men and women who were taught that women should be submissive to men . What is the Big Take Away from this book - Rather than being rooted in any sort of counter-cultural narrative of scripture, Biblical womanhood (complementarianism) is a recent invention more in line with the…

Lovers in the Wilderness by Stephanie Rutt (Review)

Lovers in the Wilderness: Awaken Mystical Unity and Create a Joyful Life with Mantra Prayer by Stephanie Rutt Who Should Read this Book - People who pray and are looking for new methods of prayer; more progressive Christians or others interested in learning prayer methods from other religious traditions.What is the Big Take-Away from this…

The Mystery of Christ by John Behr (Review)

John Behr is quickly vaulting to the top of my favorite theologians list. His book The Mystery of Christ is brilliant. Behr argues that the way forward, in our post-modern context, is to recover the patristic (premodern) way of doing theology. In this we look at the whole of scripture through the passion of Jesus.…