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"Carl Trueman is at his brilliant, provocative, hysterical best. Reading Trueman is always enlightening and always an event. . . . These chapters will edify, entertain, and occasionally infuriate. What more could one ask for in a book?" --Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan

"Though he might not take himself too seriously, Carl Trueman takes the gospel very seriously in this wonderful little book. Trueman offers laugh-out-loud, insightful commentary on theology, culture, the church, and the Christian life. His rapier wit cuts through absurdity and bad theology like a hot knife through butter." --J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

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Carl R. Trueman is Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; 1st edition (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596384050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596384057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Trueman is probably one of my favorite writers. While there is certainly a plethora of Christian theologians writing books, and many of those books well written treatises, few of those books are written with the literary and satirical flourish that Carl Trueman employs. I read a lot and I enjoy most of what I read. But, I don't often get excited about what I'm reading or enjoy it because of the literary style. When I have in the recent past, it has frequently been because I just read a book by Carl Trueman.

Whether you're a Democrat or Republican (or neither) Trueman's Republocrat will make you rethink your politics. Similarly, his Histories and Fallacies should be required reading of anyone serious about learning from history. He also has several collections of essays, this being the third such one published. I had checked the first two collections out of the library while in Dallas, and they made great poolside reading. Seeing as summer is on its way (or in my case, it never really completely left) you might want to pick this up for some light reading of your own.

While I would classify this essay collection as "light" reading, there is kind of a heavy after effect to processing Trueman's thoughts. Rather than digging into the depths of some doctrine or reframing the way you read some section of Scripture, Trueman instead turns much of our evangelical subculture and Church practices on their collective heads.
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This is a book of short essays. They are sarcasticly humorous, not so much to be funny just to be funny, but to make a point - and sometimes you realize that it's about you. (No, not specifically you, but people in general who do things like you and I do).
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If you are expecting another snoozer about the current state of affairs within the modern Christian church...you won't find it here! Trueman is about as unorthodox as a critical thinker and serious author can be. His insights, dry wit and unbiased perspective offer the reader much to contemplate. I find myself questioning my objectivity and perspective about important matters of faith and human nature; without fearing my faith will be compromised. A very refreshing read, and one that should stretch all who flip its pages.
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Taking Aim at Everyone

Although having some familiarity with Carl Trueman and appreciating his take on the church and culture, I had never read one of his books. Shame on me. Fools Rush In was delightful and if you read his blog it's exactly what you might expect a Trueman book to read like. The subtitle to the subtitle sums up the books best Taking Aim at Everyone. He critiques many of the church's foibles with a wit and clarity that is rare today. And lest you think he plays favorite, Trueman frequently takes aim at the Reformed crowd as well as broader evangelicals, Catholics, and pop culture. From the forward of the book Rodney Trotter warns that these essays "a book without a theme, without a constituency, and thus without a market" (Kindle Location 41 of 2549). There's some truth in there's no discernible flow from one chapter to the next and it would be almost impossible to provide a concise summary based on the structure of the book (see table of contents here). But there are some broader themes which frequently take stage. I will focus the remainder of the review on those.

Culture

The knot that kept the rope from slipping was the examination of culture. What was most ironic to me is that it is in vogue in evangelicalism to fancy yourself a student of the culture and to use words like contextualization, etc. Many of the issues addressed by Trueman are a result of poor interpretation of the culture. On the flip side, Trueman as a self-professed middle-aged, balding white male whose culture relevance extends to his fancy for The Who's is able to see trends in modern American culture and rightly apply the truth of Scripture to these fads.
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Trueman skewers some of the annoying trends embedded in the Zeitgeist that pass for conventional wisdom, but without the stultifying crankiness and sanctimony of the typical purveyor of the genre. Witty, sometimes outrageous, but always illuminating and fun. Highly recommend.
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Trueman's book skewers everyone in sight, especially notable evangelical superstars, from the perspective of an orthodox Calvinist. Those who shrink from the privacy-stealing "social media" will take delight and encouragement. Just don't take too seriously his all-too British views on the virtues of free market economics and American politics.
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This book is so full of wit, brilliant critique, and yet doesn't induce you into a downward spiral of cynicism. In my opinion, his writing is usually spot-on. Brilliant. Read parts to my dad over the phone, got it for him, and he loved it. Some parts are downright hilarious. Love.
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