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
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Platt starts his book with a powerful image of one drop of ice that melts in the high mountains of the Andes. As that drop of water descends, it is joined with other drops of water in a journey of hundreds of miles that eventually form the Amazon River – “which is more powerful than the next 10 largest rivers in the world combined” (p.1). In the same way, “as men and women who are surrendered to the person of Christ join together in churches that are committed to the purpose of Christ, then nothing can stop the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth. In Radical Together I want to consider what happens - or can happen – when we apply the revolutionary commands and claims of Christ to our communities of faith. I want to contemplate the force of a people who come together to enjoy God’s grace in the church while they extend God’s glory in the world” (p.2). The book is a follow-up of Platt’s best-selling 2010 book entitled Radical, where he more thoroughly expounds his thinking. In many ways this new book is therefore a bit redundant. Even in Radical his emphasis was on the role of community and the church. But a few of his thoughts in Radical Together have been excerpted to highlight his mission-based, discipleship orientation to the Christian life of total surrender to Christ in the context of the church.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Identifying the toxic elements is the beginning of hope. To see toxic beliefs and practices for what
they are can allow men and women to plunge deeply into true faith and to know and serve God,
rather than to walk on the deadly fringes” (p.31). The authors seek to “cut in on the dance of self-deception and introduce tired dancers to a God who cannot be manipulated and whose love cannot be earned” (p. xii).