Providing weekly Christian resources for spiritual depth and intellectual vigor.
There is so much joy in reading and learning through the insights of others. This blog has been created as a service to the Christian Community worldwide. The books reviewed here are current Christian books published in the West. The primary areas of focus are books on global, cross-cultural issues, spiritual growth, discipleship, and mission. Each review is only a paragraph or two and then the highlights of the book are summarized in 3-4 pages (There are a few exceptions for books which are harder to access like Frontline Women by M. Kraft).
Purpose of these Reviews
The purpose of each review is to give readers a chance to think about some of the key concepts in that book, recognizing that few people have a chance to read a book a week anymore. Therefore I don't expect people to buy all these books but to find food for thought in the highlights I include for each review. There is also a critical analysis of the book itself. These reviews were originally written for TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) missionaries worldwide but their issues mirror Christians' issues for growth and service worldwide. Hence this blog was created to get the reviews out to a wider audience.
Happy Reading! Dr. Mary Lou
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Richard Stearn’s book,
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Teatime in Mogadishu: My Journey as a Peace Ambassador in the World of Islam, Ahmed Ali Haile, Herald Press, 2011
Somali leaders ate in my home. They had accepted my presence as a disciple of Jesus within their community” (p. 80).
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Sharing your life: “How do you get into your partner’s world so you can be the maximum help? You get into their world through yours…When the mentor demonstrates an ability to relate to what the mentoring partner is going through, that creates a safe environment for openness and honesty...We need to walk beside someone and be their friend and help that one build confidence, credibility and competence…This requires a high degree of emotional intelligence (the ability to relate to people). Mentors are authentic…They share their own weaknesses and failures…Our candor greatly enhances our credibility and their trust in us” (pp. 62- 63, 66, 68, 69). [Therefore], never mentor from behind a desk;…listen with your heart not just your head;…ask the right questions;…avoid quick fixes and don’t teach above where you live” (i.e., a single man teaching on marriage) (pp74-76). “Humility is the substance of character…As a mentor we can help our partner catch humility as we share failures as well as successes from our own experience” (pp. 142, 154).