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On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518
Book Closing: Forde's concise book of reflections on the Hiedelberg Disputation that become the foundation for the Lutheran concept of "Theology of th...more
Jul 31, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Francis Chan’s bestseller, Crazy Love, was a bit of a disappointment for me. Like many other books that I’ve heard hyped up in mainstream evangelicali...more
Jan 19, 2010
Feb 07, 2010
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church
Normally I write a separate opening and closing to a book, but I was able to pound this one down between 1.5 flights between Tallahassee and St. Louis...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
A Guidebook Of Promising Practices: Facilitating College Students' Spiritual Development
Book Closing:
This book is a guidebook or a compendium of ideas more than it is a book seeking to bring to you a certain idea. The assumed idea behind...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 02, 2011
Santa and Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past
Book Closing: I picked up Santa and Pete because a.) I was in a hurry in the library and b.) my brother had recommended the author Christopher Moore (...more
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
Book Closing
I suppose it isn’t in the realm of rocket science to understand that people show and give tokens of love to other people via a diverse se...more
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
Living the Resurrection: The Risen Christ in Everyday Life
Book Closing:
I needed a good, quick read for a group that I read with before Easter came and I had this book sitting on my shelf. I was half right, i...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission
I picked up “Everyday Church” because it is one of the suggested reading items on the concept of “missional communities” that I’ve been hearing so mu...more
Mar 07, 2013
Mar 05, 2013
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
I’ve been a fan of Seth for a while through his blog and then reading Tribes, which makes me a new comer to the “tribe” of Seth. This book exemplifies...more
Oct 2010
Sep 18, 2010
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Book Closing: I think it’s fair to say that I’m a pretty busy guy most of the time. That is why I picked up this book, to find some ways in which I co...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod: A Conflict That Changed American Christianity
A story isn’t just “good” because it ends the way you want it to. A story is “good” when it shows you an elemental truth in such a way that you begin...more
Apr 05, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Last Exit To Brooklyn
Book Closing:
When you start “Last Exit to Brooklyn”, you’re suddenly struck with the notion that you, yourself have gotten off on an unfamiliar exit....more
Aug 29, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
”Be remarkable.” That could be the alternate title of this book, but by itself, saying “be remarkable” is not nearly as remarkable as “Purple Cow.” Th...more
Apr 03, 2011
Mar 17, 2011
Three Tales
Book Closing: I was surprised by how much I liked these three stories from Mr. Flaubert. French Realism didn’t seem like it was going to be much of a...more
Nov 25, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
The Love Paradox
Book Closing: Jesus said "Love your neighbor as yourself," which immediately causes a few questions to arise in most people's minds: "How do I love my...more
Feb 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Visions of Gerard
”Visions of Gerard,” Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel about his childhood around the time when his older brother died at the young age of 9...more
Jul 09, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Suffering: A Test of Theological Method
Book Closing: After having read and loved Arthur C. McGill's other book, "Death and Life: An American Theology," it is tempting for me to simply compa...more
Apr 20, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
Sociopaths In Love
When you’re reading a book entitled “Sociopaths in Love,” you tend to try to hide the cover of the book from other prying eyes that might be wondering...more
Nov 15, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
The Suffering of God According to Martin Luther's 'Theologia Crucis'
Book Closing: When I have to tell people what makes Lutheran theology distinctive, I usually start with some form of an explanation of Luther's "Theol...more
Sep 11, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness, and Victorious Living
Book Closing: I feel like I need to give disclaimers before I review this book. Disclaimer One: This "book closing" is about Mr. Prince's book "Destin...more
May 22, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
The Fourth Turning
The basic idea that Strauss and Howe are trying to get across in this book is that history is cyclical. To prove that point, they set out to determin...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
Death and Life: An American Theology
I may never give another five star rating to another book after having read this book, which I can only give a five star rating to. McGill's short lit...more
Mar 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Theology and Practice of Prayer: A Lutheran View
Book Closing: My charismatic friends, when they are talking about speaking in tongues, often describe it in terms of Romans 8:26, "the Spirit Himself...more
May 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
Book Closing:
One of the things that Chuck Palahniuk is a master at doing through his books is giving you what filmmakers call "the willful suspension...more
Oct 2011
Sep 01, 2011
The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God
This is my second time through Mark Buchanan’s “The Holy Wild”. The first time that I read this book it was over my vicarage (internship) in Gainesvil...more
Oct 22, 2010
Sep 21, 2010
Above All: He Took the Fall and Thought of Me
Book Closing: Well, that didn't take long - but that's ok. The 140 pages could be read in a sitting, but could also be used as the basis for a few day...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
Book Closing: If you like M*A*S*H*, I'm betting you will probably like Catch-22. Heller takes you on an absurd ride through Captain Yossarian's time a...more
Jul 09, 2012
May 28, 2012
Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered"
It took me a while to get through this book, I won’t lie. The books is basically divided into two parts. The first half is short stories, almost enti...more
Jan 16, 2011
Dec 07, 2010
We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance
At the end of this book, I'm left feeling the same way that I feel after reading most of Seth's books, and that is this: I didn't take enough time to...more
Feb 14, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity
Book Closing: To use the analogy of water, some books are like pouring water into your head, drinking it in, other books are like jumping into a body...more
Jul 19, 2012
May 25, 2012
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