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Deeper into the the Way of Jesus

A Feature Review of

The Story of King Jesus

Ben Irwin
Hardback: David C. Cook, 2014
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A Wolf At the Gate

Mark Van Steenwyk
Paperback: Mennonite Worker Press, 2014
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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

We will pick five winners who will each get a copy of:

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
by Pope Francis


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A new book of Pope Francis’s writings came out this spring:

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
Pope Francis

Paperback: Loyola Press, 2015
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Watch for our review in
our summer print issue


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I’ve heard a good deal of complaining recently about how they aren’t many good kids books related to the Christian holiday of Easter.  Not about spring, and cute bunnies and ducklings, but about the Easter story.

So, I set out to compile a top 10 list…

And along the way, I stumbled upon the wonderful blog, Aslan’s library, that features “beautiful and true theological books for kids.” (I highly recommend connecting with them!) Aslan’s Library confirmed a number of titles I already had on my list, and added a few more. If they have reviewed a book on the list below, I will link to their review…


10) Peter’s First Easter

by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

I love Wangerin’s writing, but the artwork in this book is not my favorite…
Read a review from Aslan’s Library.


9) Easter

by Fiona French

Read a review from Aslan’s Library.

8) Easter

by Jan Pienkowski

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Global Revealer, Global Messiah

A Review of

Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World
(Majority World Theology Series)
Gene Green, Stephen Pardue, K.K. Yeo, Eds.
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2014
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Reviewed by James Stambaugh

The church of the global south, where the vast majority of Christians are, is usually not the first place we Western Christians consult about our theological questions.  We necessarily employ a variety of sources, pre-understandings, and experiences for theological reflection, but rarely among them is what our sisters and brothers in Africa, or Latin American, or Asia think.

There is an historical reason for this: colonialism, the premise that it is our job to tell them what to believe and practice about God, not the other way around.

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Entering into Life.

A Feature Review of

The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
Dallas Willard

Hardback: HarperOne, 2015
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Reviewed by Elane O’Rourke

As Dallas Willard’s daughter, Rebecca Willard Heatley, write in the Preface to The Allure of Gentleness, “Gentle was a word frequently used to describe my father.” That gentleness permeates Dallas Willard’s latest posthumously published book. Allure is based on the transcription of a set of 1990 talks on apologetics in which Willard displayed his characteristic ease and thoughtfulness. Those who miss Willard’s presence and teaching will likely take pleasure in Allure’s prose: reading it is a nearly aural experience.

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Listening, Looking, and Expectant

A Feature Review of

Jesus is Better Than You Imagined

Jonathan Merritt

Hardback: FaithWords, 2014
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Reviewed by Rachel Marie Stone

Jonathan Merritt’s newest book, Jesus is Better Than You Imagined, falls into the emerging category of post-fundamentalist faith memoirs including Addie Zierman’s When We Were on Fire, Micha Boyett’s Found, and Rachel Held Evans’ Faith Unraveled. Like those books, Merritt’s is, as the title suggests, more a story about the emergence of a different kind of faith than the story of faith abandoned.


Does every generation need faith stories releasing them from legalism; opening hands and hearts to receive grace? Do Christians – and perhaps Protestants in particular – need to repeat regularly the call that Galatians had on Martin Luther so that we may remember afresh that our faith does not consist of or thrive on our own ability to follow the rules, regulations and mores that change in detail but not in their essential function, which is to delineate the borders beyond which one cannot go and still be considered Christian?

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Tomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of the death of theologian Walter Wink.

This new posthumous book was released earlier this year.  Read an excerpt below…

Just Jesus: My Struggle to Become Human
Walter Wink

Paperback:  Image, 2014
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Best Friend and Lord


A Feature Review of

Jesus: A Pilgrimage

James Martin, SJ

Hardback: HarperOne, 2014
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Reviewed by Jon M. Sweeney


Best known today as the chaplain to Stephen Colbert’s alter ego on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” or as the Catholic priest who presided at the funeral mass in New York City for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Martin SJ also writes great books. He’s been doing so for a long time. I suspect the simplicity of the title of this one is deliberate.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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Jesus: A Pilgrimage

By James Martin, S.J.

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