Writing – Book Reviews and More

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…

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…

Circling the Elephant:A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity by John Thatamanil (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers interested in religion, theology and especially inter-religious dialogue from a Christian perspective. What is the big take-away from this book: American Christians are already part of multiple religions, once we recognize the modern definition of world religion needs redefining and we then include consumerism, nationalism, capitalism and other…

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…

Reflecting on the secular, our post-Christian culture and how I am learning to believe in fairies.

To read my newsletter, click here: https://mailchi.mp/4e59198fed4b/dave-hersheys-newsletter-5351690 You may have heard it said that we live in a “secular age” or a “post-Christian culture.” But what does that mean? After all, the majority of people (about 65%) in our country still identify as Christian, even if the numbers who are members of a church is…

Roland in the Moonlight by David Bentley Hart (Review)

This book is simply a delightful, enjoyable, thoughtful, moving, profound and engaging book. David Bentley Hart has already done the world a service with his previous works on everything from the character of God (The Experience of God) to the problem of evil (The Doors of the Sea) to Christian history (Atheist Delusions, The Story…

The Difference Between Good and Bad Kings: David and Saul (Story of Scripture 10)

Listen to the newest podcast here, as we dive into Saul and David! Last week we saw Israel reject God as their king and ask Samuel to give them a human king like all the other nations have. This was both a rejection of God as their king and a rejection of their purpose to…

Christians: Our Words, Beliefs and Teaching Matter because People Listen

We who are Christian leaders and teachers need to reckon with how our teaching and words are received. A lot has been written and said about the horrific murders in Atlanta committed by a white male. We need to listen and lament and mourn. There are voices out there much better than mine who have…

Evil, Good and God in Stephen’ Kings Desperation (Review)

Stephen King certainly knows how to tell a story which emphasizes the darkness and sin and evil in this world. In this book, an evil spirit (or something) is awakened under the ground of a small mining town in Nevada. This spirit/demon possesses human bodies and murders everyone in the town. It then captures a…