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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.…

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…