Archives For VOLUME 11


A Flashlight Beam
Breaking Into Darkness
A Review of 

Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom
Ariel Burger

Hardback: HMH Books, 2018
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Reviewed by Alisa Williams
I first discovered Elie Wiesel’s writing at the age of 16. I used to haunt the classics section of my local bookstore, both because those titles introduced me to new, unfamiliar worlds, and because most were produced as mass market paperbacks that were affordable to a teenager with a modest income. Wiesel’s most well-known work, Night, the autobiographical account of his time in a Nazi death camp, sat unassuming on the bookstore shelf. It was a tiny volume of just over 100 pages that sold for $5.50, and yet when I opened it for the first time, it echoed questions I’d held close to my heart about God and His silence, about humanity and its penchant for evil, about surviving in the wake of terrible tragedy.

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This series won its author three consecutive Hugo awards:  

The Broken Earth Trilogy:
The Fifth Season,
The Obelisk Gate,
The Stone Sky


N.K. Jemison


Paperback: Orbit, 2018
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Listen to an interview that N.K. Jemisin did with Ari Shapiro of NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED:

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The Unique Expression of God 
A Brief Review of 

Unforced Rhythms:
Why Daily Devotions Aren’t for All of Us

Gwen Jackson

Paperback: Wesleyan Publishing, 2017.
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Reviewed by Pam Kittredge
Ordained Wesleyan minister, Gwen Jackson, believes that there are a variety of ways people can relate to God. While acknowledging the importance placed by many Evangelicals on daily devotions, Jackson explains and explores other paths to formation. Along the way, she counsels self acceptance and understanding of our own particular needs as related to the formation process.

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A Genuine Love of our Neighbors
A Feature Review of

Having Nothing,
Possessing Everything:

Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places
Michael Mather

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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Reviewed by Paul D. Gregory
Governmental agencies and churches have historically focused on the problems/needs of areas when attempting to provide assistance. I worked for two years as the program coordinator for a drug treatment court in the State of Michigan. During those two years, I authored at least ten state and federal grants. Arguably the most important section of these grants was the statement or proof of need. Specifically, grantors required a description of the problems (crime rates, drug use, poverty level, unemployment, etc.) and needs (business, employment, education, etc.) of the specific location. One’s failure to adequately address this section always resulted in no funding. Moreover, grants were most often awarded to those localities that could show the most dire needs. Although the needs orproblems of an area are an important consideration, Michael Mather writes in his book, Having Nothing, Possessing Everything, that one’s primary focus should be placed on the identification and support of the abundance of talents contained in these areas.

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Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.


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Alan Jacobs

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The new Advent 2018 ERB print issue has been mailed recently…

Featuring interviews with Maxwell King (author of the new Fred Rogers biography), Shannan Martin, Ashley Hales, and Jonathan Brooks, John Wilson’s column “Time Out of Joint,” reviews of new books by Fleming Rutledge, Sarah Arthur, John O’Donohue, and MORE.
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Celebrating Incarnation

A Review of

Somethin’ Special:  
A Noel Paul Stookey Holiday Recollection

Neworld Media, 2018  
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Reviewed by Jeanne Torrence Finley

Our Top 10 Favorite Christmas Albums

Very few pop Christmas albums help us to celebrate incarnation, the central affirmation of Christianity, but I find in Somethin’ Special:  A Noel Paul Stookey Holiday Recollection many songs that point in that direction and offer a most moving encouragement to reclaim that connection.  This new full-length holiday CD released in early November presents the new, the traditional, and the disquietingly ordinary and says “Look in these stories and in these places. God is right before your eyes.”

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A Story of Divine Love
An Excerpt from

The Advent of
the Lamb of God

Russ Ramsey

Paperback: IVP Books, 2018
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This was the heart of Israel’s religion: love. Only divine love made sense of the world. This love went beyond a mere feeling. This love was doctrine. Israel’s story was a story of being kept, and the only reasonable response was to love the Keeper.

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Sounding the Note that
Enables Human Creativity to Sound
A Feature Review of

A Peculiar Orthodoxy: Reflections
on Theology and the Arts

Jeremy Begbie

Hardback: Baker Academic, 2018
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Review by Danielle Davey Stulac
I first encountered the theological thought of Jeremy Begbie not through printed words, but through vibrating strings. In the chapel of my seminary, I and many others listened, rapt, as Begbie sounded the middle C on the grand piano, and then silently depressed the C an octave higher. To our surprise, we heard not only the middle C, but also the quiet vibration of the higher C. The second string sounded, as Begbie explained, by “sympathetic resonance” with the first. In other words, the sounding of the first C enabled the second note to sound. “How might this phenomenon,” Begbie asked, “help us to think about God?” He went on to observe that in visual models of perception, two bodies cannot occupy the same space. (We cannot see red and yellow in the same space without them blending into orange.) Therefore, equipped only with visual perceptual categories, it is difficult for us to conceive God’s three-in-oneness, or Christ’s two natures, or the co-existence of divine and human agency. But, a simple perceptual shift from visual to aural metaphors can render the classic conundrums of theological thought into pseudo-problems. As a young seminary student (and life-long pianist) contending with these aporias, the implications of this perceptual shift struck me like a hammer on a piano string.

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