Review: "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan

Rare is the book that educates, enthralls, convicts, and changes the reader as does The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan [The Penguin Press, 2006, 450 pp.]  Put simply: it’s a darn good book.  To simplify Pollan’s subject, however, is to disregard his entire project: delving into the utter complexity […]

Review: "The emerging Church" by Bruce Sanguin

The emerging Church by Bruce Sanguin No, not that emerging.  Sanguin’s book is for congregations seeking to emerge from an old paradigm of church leadership. In his words, when I talk about the emerging church I am referring, in a general sense, to congregations that are meeting the challenges of the postmodern world with creativity […]

Review: "Coffeehouse Theolgy" by Ed Cyzewski

Today’s book review is Ed Cyzewski’s Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life.  (Full disclosure, I’m participating in a Blog Tour coinciding with the book’s release.) I really appreciated Jim’s review of the book, both for its description and criticism.  I don’t have too much new to add, but… In the book, Ed lays […]

(Very theological) Review of a Secular Ecological Work: Brown's "Plan B 3.0"

I’ll be putting a few book reviews up over the next few days.  Guess what I’ve been doing recently? The first is of Lester R. Brown’s Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.  I read Brown for my Creation, New Creation, and Ecology class and to a person the class was really impressed with the […]

Two Super-quick Book Reviews

Better than nothing, eh? 1)  Following Jesus in a Culture of FEAR by Scott Bader-Saye (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2007) 160p.      Good book. Bader-Saye a solid job of describing contemporary America’s culture of fear, how the appropriate Christian response. Not too technical, but with strong theological underpinnings. Good read. 2)  Oh Shit! It’s Jesus!: […]

Review: Leif Enger's "So Brave, Young, and Handsome"

  Read this book. It’s good. Real good. Read it if you’re a pastor, or if you like adventure stories, or broken characters seeking redemption, or hard cowboy fun, or just really well-written prose. Leif Enger’s (author of Peace Like a River) has some mad skills. The book came highly recommended to me by a […]

Moto F3 Review, Summary: no matter what, do NOT buy it

If you’re thinking of buying the Moto F3 cell phone, stop. Burry those thoughts in the farthest reaches of your mind and never ever visit them again. The phone is crap. Utter ridiculous excuse for technology. Don’t get it. Don’t use it. If you see one, run away as fast as you can. I’m sorry, […]

Review: The Tangible Kingdom by Halter and Smay

The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community      Hugh Halter & Matt Smay      Jossey-Bass, 2008, 195 pages Lately I’ve found myself reading books fairly different from my usual tastes. Not only that, but–get this–I’ve enjoyed these new reads. The Tangible Kingdom is a prime example. The Tangible Kingdom presents a way forward for […]

Review: “Feel” by Matthew Elliott

  feel: the power of listening to your heart Matthew Elliott Tyndale House Publishers (March 5, 2008) 288 pages ISBN-10: 141431664X I’ll admit it, I put off reading feel (official website here) until the plane journey back from Scotland. The puke orange cover turned me off, and I’m not a big fan of lowercase book […]