Archives For Reviews

 

This is a running list of the books that ERB editor Chris Smith has reviewed this year.

It will regularly be updated.

Some reviews linked here are snippets / adaptations of longer reviews that have appeared in the print ERB magazine or other publications…

 

TOP 3 BOOKS (SO FAR)

   

 
 


REVIEWED

(Starting with the most recent)

Feb. 22

Race & Place

David Leong

5 STARS

Review: 
How Racism Saturates the
Structures of our Daily Lives

 
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Learning to Let Go.

A Feature Review of

The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs
Peter Enns

Hardback: Harper One, 2016.
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall.

 

The book of Hebrews declares that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). The author of Hebrews tells us that our spiritual ancestors received approval for their faith, even though they could not see their hopes come to fruition. To live by faith is to trust your life to a God who remains unseen. Nevertheless, many of us have a need more certainty than this. There is a need on the part of many for a bit more definition of the faith. That leads to a desire for what Peter Enns calls “correct” beliefs. Whether those correct beliefs emerge from Scripture or from tradition, they offer a sense of certainty. Peter Enns learned the hard way that this can be dangerous. Thus, he concluded that the search for certainty is in itself a matter of sin.

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Haven’t done one of these columns for awhile…

Here are three recent reviews of note…

Barbara Melosh reviews two books on stuff for The Christian Century:

Stuff:
Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee
Paperback: Mariner, 2011.
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Objects of our Affections.
Uncovering My Family’s Past, One Chair,
Pistol, and Pickle Fork at a Time

Lisa Tracy
Hardback: Bantam, 2011.
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We have become a nation of rich fools. Although the average house size has nearly doubled since 1970, self-storage units, once nearly nonexistent, are a booming business, comprising more than 45,000 facilities with 2 billion square feet of space, most of it full. As cheap goods become more available and our living spaces get bigger, we spend more and more time managing our possessions. “We may own the things in our homes,” Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee observe, “but they own us as well.” Or as the sage of Concord, Ralph Waldo Emerson, put it a century and a half ago, “Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind.”

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Best Book of 2010

2010 Englewood Book of the Year!

The Wisdom of Stability - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

The Wisdom of Stability.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
Paperback: Paraclete, April 2010.
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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove has offered us, in The Wisdom of Stability, a challenging and yet very readable argument for stability in our local church communities. Although Wilson-Hartgrove has written a number of other excellent works to date (His book God’s Economy was on our Best Books of 2009 list and his Free To Be Bound was one of the Best Books of 2008.), TWOS is undoubtedly his finest work to date.

“Stability is essential to our faithfulness as we share life together in our church communities, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s The Wisdom of Stability is the finest reflection on stability in the contemporary world. Through stability, we learn to mature together in a place toward the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4), becoming, by the grace of God, a vibrant contrast to the madness of our hypermobile culture. In The Wisdom of Stability, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove orchestrates the voices of those before us who have set out to cultivate the practice of stability and poignantly calls us to the threshold of this journey of growing into stability. May we have the courage to heed his call and set out together on this journey and the even greater courage needed to weather the many demons that will assail us as we continue to be faithful in our place, day by day and year by year.” (from our review)

The Wisdom of Stability poignantly reminds us that community and place are essential elements in our following in the way of Jesus. It should be read and discussed in all churches!