July 29, 2016

IM Book Review: The Sin of Certainty

When you grow up believing that your religious worldview contains the key to absolute truth and provides an answer to every question, you never really get over the disappointment of learning that it doesn’t. It’s a lonely, frightening journey and most of us are limping along as best we can. • Rachel Held Evans Sooner […]

IM Book Review: The Listening Life

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction By Adam S. McHugh IVP Books (2015) • • • Listen carefully, my child…and incline the ear of your heart. • Opening words of the Rule of Benedict The question that drives this book is, how would our relationships change, and how would we change, if […]

IM Book Review: The Between Time by Damaris Zehner (David Cornwell)

Note from CM: I’m so pleased to announce that Damaris Zehner’s new book has been published! It is available on Twenty-Third Publications’ website and for pre-order on Amazon.   For our readers from New Zealand (!), there is a local source. Germans can pay with Euros here and Dutch here. We’ve asked our friend David Cornwell to review it today. Congratulations, […]

Searching for Sunday: We make the way by walking

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 IM Book Week Book Three: Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans We make […]

Everlasting Is the Past: A pastor’s preparation and first church family

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 IM Book Week Book Two: Everlasting Is the Past, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. A pastor’s preparation and first church family • […]

Accidental Saints: A review and a review of a review

Note from CM: We will devote this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 IM Book Week Book One: Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber A review and a review of a review […]

IM Book Review: Rumours of Glory – Part 1: My Journey with Bruce

Rumours of Glory: A Memoir Bruce Cockburn Harper and Collins 2014 Over the next several Fridays, I will be delving into Bruce Cockburn’s memoir: Rumours of Glory. For those who do not know Bruce or his music, here is a quick overview taken from the publisher’s summary. Legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Bruce Cockburn delivers […]

IM Book Review: Disarming Scripture

Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did Derek Flood Metanoia Books (2014) • • • Note from CM: This book review is part of a “blog tour” to which the author invited me. Occasionally, publishers will send me books or authors will […]

IM Book Review: A Jester’s Take on the Bible

. . . the insights of these textual experts must be welcomed, even if they shake the foundations of religious dogma. To the extent they are correct, they are further iterations of the truth. And the pursuit of that truth, not self-deception or willful ignorance, is the task of religious adulthood. • Jay Michaelson How […]

IM Book Review: Our Great Big American God

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity By Matthew Paul Turner Jericho Books (August 19, 2014) • • • Matthew Paul Turner sent me a preview copy of his new book last week (it’s now available – click the link above), and it ties right in with our emphasis in […]