Book Reviews

The Mod | “Nostalgia: Going Home In A Homeless World” by Anthony Esolen – Christian Article

If there’s a topic that doesn’t get a lot of air time in confessional circles, it’s the significance of space and place.  Spaces do mean, that is, ‘places’ in their relationship to people, and times carry and convey meaning.  In his book Nostalgia, Anthony Esolen wants to emphasize that places necessarily bear theological meaning, particularly correlating our earthly home with our heaven-on-Earth home to come. In other words, there is something about this world—our home and the homes therein—that lead…

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A Standard of Grace Journal By: Emily Ley – Christian Article

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The Mod | “Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia Through A Mother’s Eyes” by Simonetta Carr – Christian Article

Christians who have experienced great trauma and loss are all too familiar with the tropes of well-meant consolation from friends and family—passages of Scripture recited, cliché Christian phrases inside a Dayspring card along with a copy of C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed. Rational explanations for death are juxtaposed to the actual pain of death’s sting.  God’s people may reproach death, goading, “Where, O death, is your victory?”, but the curse of sin still tarnishes the living. Before the grave takes…

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The Storm-Tossed Family and the Question of Idolatry – CBMW – Christian Article

Russell Moore’s book The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home does not make for a straightforward book review. That’s in part because of the book’s structure and content. Each chapter could work as a standalone article. And when he gets to the issues of the day – issues of sexuality, marriage, man and woman – Moore stands in line with the historic church and the teaching of Scripture. Not much to quibble with there. The difficulty in reviewing is…

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The Mod | “Christians In The Age of Outrage: How To Bring Our Best When The World Is At Its Worst” by Ed Stetzer – Christian Article

Timing is everything and, if it weren’t for the massive scandals unfolding from within the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, Christians in the Age of Outrage might have had its moment. The present status of online dialogue is such that any and all rebukes toward greater civility, charity, and thoughtfulness are appropriate, and the author does a commendable work in aiming to improve the witness of ill-mannered Christians engaged in unsavory online partisanship. Ed Stetzer’s latest book emerges from a…

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The Storm-Tossed Family and the Question of Idolatry – CBMW – Christian Article

Russell Moore’s book The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home does not make for a straightforward book review. That’s in part because of the book’s structure and content. Each chapter could work as a standalone article. And when he gets to the issues of the day – issues of sexuality, marriage, man and woman – Moore stands in line with the historic church and the teaching of Scripture. Not much to quibble with there. The difficulty in reviewing is…

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Jesus Wins – Tim Challies – Christian Article

It’s ironic and more than a little pathetic that a doctrine as glorious and comforting as Christ’s impending return has been a source of such vehement disagreement among Christians. Though we universally agree that he will return, the timing, circumstances, and sequence of events are all matters of much dispute. Some respond to these disagreements by making eschatology ultimate, the mark of a standing or falling Christian. Some respond by failing to attach any importance to any view of eschatology.…

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The Mod | “The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin” by Lauren F. Winner – Christian Article

Those who came of age reading the youthful Lauren Winner of Girl Meets God and Real Sex might be surprised to find Winner—now an Episcopal priest and professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School—writing for a decidedly academic audience in her newest work, The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin. Perhaps her interest in the (de)formative potential of communal practices can be traced to her earlier, more popular-level writing—for example, in Real Sex, Winner…

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The Mod | “When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People by” Duane R. Bidwell – Christian Article

It’s fitting that a book about the phenomenon of “spiritual fluidity” or “religious multiplicity” should aspire to be several things at once.  Duane R. Bidwell’s When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People aims to describe the experience of participating in more than one religion while also helping the spiritually fluid feel less alone, while also persuading the monoreligious to approve religious multiplicity.  Readers who already practice syncretism or identify themselves as spiritually fluid will probably take…

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January New & Notable Books – Christian Article

I get books. I get lots and lots of books. As you well know, once a month or so I like to try and thin the pile a little bit and distill it down to the ones I think may be of most interest to people like you. I hope you find at least some of them worth checking out! Books Featured: Jesus Wins: The Good News of the End Times by Dayton Hartman Too often discussions about the End Times…

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Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship – Christian Article

One thing that has always been true of this movement labeled “the New Calvinism,” is that it has included more professing charismatics than practicing charismatics. Though from the very beginning many, and perhaps even the majority, of its adherents have been open to the ongoing miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, very few have lived or worshipped in a way that is distinctly (or even vaguely) charismatic. Though many of the theological leaders of the movement like Wayne Grudem, John…

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The Mod | “The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalism” by John B. Judis – Christian Article

Words like “globalism,” “nativism,” “populist backlash,” and “liberal elites” pepper thinkpieces trying to make sense of anti-EU movements and Donald Trump’s presidency. Amidst the speculation, John Judis has written a short book arguing for the importance of nationalism and the dangers of ignoring it, holding forth the promise of an explanation for recent events. He doesn’t quite deliver on that promise, but The Nationalist Revival raises important questions for the thoughtful citizen. Judis aims to rehabilitate nationalism as a neutral…

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