A book for families on using the Examen with others. Chapters are short and full of stories. A wonderful way to introduce the Examen or for those currA book for families on using the Examen with others. Chapters are short and full of stories. A wonderful way to introduce the Examen or for those currently practices to deepen. ...more
A great introduction to the saints. James Martin, SJ, shares about his journey in understanding how the saints of the church can intersect with your fA great introduction to the saints. James Martin, SJ, shares about his journey in understanding how the saints of the church can intersect with your faith in God. Writing reminds me somewhat of Anne Lammot with use of stories. I enjoyed this book. It took me quite some time to read it because I paused on some chapters to read more literature about the saints I was being introduced to. Each chapter introduces a different hero of the ancient and modern Christian church....more
First things first, I'm not Catholic and I'm a missionary.
As the patron saint of missionaries, St Therese's way of following Jesus is profoundly humbFirst things first, I'm not Catholic and I'm a missionary.
As the patron saint of missionaries, St Therese's way of following Jesus is profoundly humbling. A nun who never left her village, entered the convent at 15 and died at the young age of 24, she nevertheless had a burning passion to pray for the lost and missionary priests. But more than that, St Therese believe that she could never accomplish great spiritual or missionary tasks, but that the path of holiness could be taken in everyday, ordinary living tasks like the suffering endured of an irritating sister nun. She called her spiritual path the Little Way; It was a path in which the one strove to love God and live life as a child before Him.
As a missionary, I do dream of accomplishing great things for God. She does affirm that it is a great blessing to be asked by God to do great things. But it is very humbling to hear her commit to great acts of holiness and obedience accomplished in such ordinary circumstances. And the greatness of her faith is so evident in her writing! It is all amazing to know that this is the woman who prays constantly even now for missionaries like me. It is all amazing when you understand that the Catholic Church considers her one of the theological doctors of the church.
St Therese's faith as she describes her childhood was profoundly influential in these past few months as I have wrestled with understanding God's call on my life.
There are aspects to her spiritualty that bother me and strike me as immature, but I acknowledge that I am easily drawn to the ambition of the Kingdom and struggle with the truth that to enter the Kingdom, one must become like a child....more
Abraham Heschel rescues the Sabbath from being a day that makes you more efficient for the rest of the week. A short book, I took to reading a sectionAbraham Heschel rescues the Sabbath from being a day that makes you more efficient for the rest of the week. A short book, I took to reading a section every week on my Sabbath and found it compelling. I'll probably keep re-reading sections. As a Christian, I am now curious about some of the theology around the keeping of the Sabbath. ...more
My now favorite book on dating/marriage. The authors enthusiastically and with some tongue-in-cheek cover all the bases on marriage life. Chapters ranMy now favorite book on dating/marriage. The authors enthusiastically and with some tongue-in-cheek cover all the bases on marriage life. Chapters range from conflict to forming an economic partnership to friendship in marriage to old love. I'd recommend this to anyone thinking about what makes a good partner and considering the Christian marriage. ...more
First nonfiction of the year! I was actually impressed with this book on everything from body image to negative self talk to how to have intimate relaFirst nonfiction of the year! I was actually impressed with this book on everything from body image to negative self talk to how to have intimate relationships. A book I would highly recommend reading with a small group or friends. The questions in the back are great and chapters were thought provoking. ...more
The Passionate Intellect is divided into two distinct sections. Part 1 is a really beautifully written and argued explanation of the role of theologyThe Passionate Intellect is divided into two distinct sections. Part 1 is a really beautifully written and argued explanation of the role of theology in the Christian faith.
Each chapter is a different picture of how theology impacts your world. The chapter on theology and apologetics was particularly helpful. I appreciated how the chapter on the cross gave a real example of how a person of faith necessarily struggles through theology and its meaning in this world. I think this is realistic and a helpful picture of the life of the mind.
I think I've always struggled with how to handle theology. Is it the only way to know God? And why is it so hard sometimes to understand or motivate myself to study it. What does that mean about my faith? I think that I've heard often from others a perspective that theology is about what is right and wrong and this shapes their learning (and makes some really annoyingly arrogant and inflexible towards the richness of a life of the mind). This simplistic view of theology really has always boiled down to guilt trips about not reading and studying more. But McGrath's view of a passionate intellect is more than, you should read more, but presents a really mature view of the life of the mind. McGrath challenges people of faith to a relationship with theology, or what he calls the discipleship of the mind, the passionate intellect. I would recommend this book to most students.
The part 2 was interesting, but I didn't like it nearly as much as the first part. The second half was a thoughtful and passionate evaluation of New Atheism, which I think is really well portrayed in the popular television drama, BONES....more
Love the basic thesis of this book, that I've been wrestling with so much in the past year that I was getting a bit bored by the end of the book. HollLove the basic thesis of this book, that I've been wrestling with so much in the past year that I was getting a bit bored by the end of the book. Hollinger argues for an integrated and holistic christian lifes and gives two chapters to each: head, heart, and hands. One chapter deals with the dimensions of that aspect of faith/conversion and one chapter deals with distortions. Including real examples, examples from the history of the church, and scripture (the biblical basis chapter gave me a headache as I plowed through the long list of verses & explanations), Hollinger makes his case in a VERY comprehensive way for a thoughtful integration of faith.
Hollinger argues, it is very Western thinking to believe that the mind (or head) is the foundational support from which devotion and passion (heart) and actions (hands) follow. Bad actions can distort theology, just as bad theology can lead to distorted actions.
This book is designed to be challenging to all and is not easy to dismiss. Some favor the heart over the head, and others the head and heart over the hands depending on personality, culture, and church background. I'd recommend this book for all.
As I tend to value hands and head over heart, the sections on distortion of the heart and description of the heart aspect in conversion were particularly convicting. This book has given me a basic paradigm to better understand my faith and will have to reread later when I'm prepared to absorb more. I get the feeling I missed a lot.
Since my reading volume increased, I've been having some trouble switching between my childrens literature hat and my IVP intellectual faith of the mind hat. So I had to think for a second before I rate this book. It is a solid 4.5, so I rounded up to 5. ...more