Reading Wright, to me, is a little like reading C.S. Lewis. I am interested to see what he has to say about a given topic irrespective of whether I wi...moreReading Wright, to me, is a little like reading C.S. Lewis. I am interested to see what he has to say about a given topic irrespective of whether I will agree with him or not. Wright’s prose is clear and enjoyable and his ideas are exciting if not always correct.
Stimulating. Controversial. Frustrating. Exciting. Dull. Meandering. Moving. Refreshing. All of these words describe Surprised by Hope for me. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading something from Wright; I would just encourage them to push through the dull/meandering/odd parts to get to the real meat – of which there is plenty – while also being wary to not accept everything he says at face value.
What is Biblical Theology? serves as a great introduction for those interested in the topic of biblical theology, but it has so much more to offer. Ultimately, Hamilton here wants to create better readers of the Bible. This is no small ambition but neither is it an obscure or unimportant one. All Christians should know their Bibles better because life is in His Word. As such, What is Biblical Theology? is a book for every Christian and one that I would wholeheartedly recommend. Get this book!
[Many thanks to Crossway for providing a copy of this book to review via Netgalley. All opinions are my own].(less)
Wilson said he hoped this book would be "funny, dark and redemptive", I think he's completely succeeded on this! Wilson somehow manages to make a book...moreWilson said he hoped this book would be "funny, dark and redemptive", I think he's completely succeeded on this! Wilson somehow manages to make a book with such disturbing content also funny. This in itself is a wonder, but Wilson doesn't just leave us with cynicism, irony and satire, he also weaves in very redemption without this being an "everyone gets saved at the end" kind of Christian story. I read this book over 3 days and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended(less)
This is just the conclusion from my full review, which can be read on my blog (see my profile).
Barrs has assigned himself a difficult task here, but he has pulled it off very well. There is a delightful balance here of theological analysis and childlike joy in the arts. Barrs rightly grounds everything in Scripture and covers an amazing scope of issues related to this topic while still creating a work that flows well and is very enjoyable to read. As mentioned above, I would have enjoyed a little more on how the content of what we take in, but overall this is a fantastic work. I would not want my praise to be overshadowed by this criticism.
I would highly recommend this book to any Christian interested in the arts or how to think about the arts. Particularly this would include pastors seeking wisdom, artists seeking a foundation, and parents wanting to properly decide what should enter their household. More broadly, I cannot think of anyone, Christian or otherwise, who would not benefit from Echoes of Eden. May we all, like Barrs, take delight God's good gifts in creation!
[Many thanks to Crossway and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book](less)
...Those issues aside, for such a short work Ware has given a number of weighty concepts to ponder. Topics such as impeccability and hypostatic union could easily overwhelm many readers, but Ware’s clear writing, personal tone and constant devotional application ably navigate the reader through these issues. There are no unimportant discussions here. Each chapter ends with application and discussion questions, calling the reader to praise and response.
This is probably the most impacting book I read in 2012 (how can Christ not impact you?). In proportion to what I received from this book, my concerns are small. The depiction of Christ’s human experience and obedience was truly powerful and devotionally effective. I admit to overlooking Christ’s humanity, so this helpful corrective kept me in awe of Jesus’ life, it encouraged in my reliance upon the Spirit, and contributed to my eagerness to focus on the Gospels this year and seek how to follow His example of obedience.
I would wholeheartedly recommend The Man Christ Jesus to any Christian, and expect to be giving out many copies in the near future.(less)
This work is so God-centered and it's contagious. This is the theology the church today needs! It's not an easy work to read, but it's contents are fo...moreThis work is so God-centered and it's contagious. This is the theology the church today needs! It's not an easy work to read, but it's contents are for all. I want to always be dwelling on the message of this book, so as to keep my life in the correct perspective.(less)
A very careful and structured introduction to and argumentation for Amillennialism. Storms by no means represents every Amillennialist, and some will...moreA very careful and structured introduction to and argumentation for Amillennialism. Storms by no means represents every Amillennialist, and some will be surprised with his exegesis, but he lays out his view well so that even disagreement can be informed disagreement. He is a little repetitive and redundant at times, though perhaps this is because Storms is aware that his views may be so surprising they are missed on first reading. Lastly, I felt his portrayal of Dispensationalism (his main sparring partner) was often the worst of the system, and gave little documentation, which was unfortunate. Overall, a good introduction to amillennialism(less)