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Books Read in 2012

Wade Tannehill
 
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
"Highly accessible but challenging study of Eschatology. Successfully integrates the topic with Christology, Soteriology, Evangelism, worship, justice, and sacramental theology. But you don't have to be a theologian to understand it."
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
"A light, casual, autobiographical, and humorous read on Christian spirituality. A needed reminder that believers should be real people in real relationships instead of approaching unchurched people as prospects and evangelism as "closing a sale." Just being a person who truly knows God has far greater impact."
What Christ Thinks of the Church: An Exposition of Revelation 1-3
What Christ Thinks of the Church: An Exposition of Revelation 1-3
"This series of sermons on the seven churches of Asia are as timeless and relevant today as they were when preached by this homiletical master in 1955."
Letters From the Lamb
Letters From the Lamb
"Each chapter has alternating sections first noting the historical background and then the application of each passage in the first three chapters of Revelation. A good primer for those beginning to study the book. Also good for small groups, classes, or for preaching."
Searching for God Knows What
Searching for God Knows What
"The gospel of Christ cannot be reduced to a formula or a checklist because it is relationhal as opposed to propositional. A better articulation of these truths than I've seen before and in Miller's humorous readable style."
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters
"What was Jesus' self-understanding? In what sense is he reigning now and where is all this headed? Wright answers these questions in his readable yet scholarly style as he brings Christology, the Historical Jesus, Ecclesiology and Eschatology together."
What Must the Church of Christ Do to Be Saved?
What Must the Church of Christ Do to Be Saved?
"Noting the shrinking numbers and the relative obscurity in which churches of Christ exist, Garrett gives recommendations for rescuing the group from obscurity and non-influence. This begins, according to Garrett, with a humble admission of wrongs and an abandonment of the sectarian mindset along with a call to read Scripture honestly without making opinions tests of fellowship."
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
"A page-turner I could hardly put down about the life of this Pastor-Theologian who worked as a double agent against Hitler's Nazi Germany. Metaxas writes a clear and smooth flowing prose in this well researched and comprehensive biography which integrates some histroy and theology."
Black Theology & Black Power
Black Theology & Black Power
"A pioneer of black liberation theology, Cone, an African-American theologian, was a young man when he wrote this at the height of the struggle for civil rights in the late 60s exposing racism as anti-Christian and demonstrating Jesus' identification with and favor for the oppressed."
Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding
Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding
"Harding and Lipscomb represent the minority voice of the formerly prominent apocalyptic worldview. Recovering their teachings will equip disciples to resist nationalism, creedalism, and Platonism in favor of a kingdom spirituality. The authors have done a thorough job with primary sources integrating early 20th century writings with biblical and practical theology."
Christianity and Western Thought, Volume 1: From the Ancient World to the Age of Enlightenment (Christianity & Western Thought)
Christianity and Western Thought, Volume 1: From the Ancient World to the Age of Enlightenment (Christianity & Western Thought)
"A survey of Western philosophy from Pythagoras to Kant, but deeper than most surveys. Shows how the church has responded to Western philosophies through the centuries by either rejecting them outright or integrating aspects into Christian thought. A mostly readable treatment and very well documented."
Revelation for Everyone (The New Testament for Everyone)
Revelation for Everyone (The New Testament for Everyone)
"At last, a commentary on Revelation for the common reader. Wright's prose flows well, sticking to the main point without getting bogged down in the varied nuances of competing views."
What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty
What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty
"A middle class church that doesn't understand the culture of poverty will never bring good news to the poor. Lines between poor and middle class extend from how each group makes decisions to even the use of language. A real eye-opener in regard to how the church might help the poor to bridge out of poverty and be assimilated into congregational life."
Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story
Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story
"Intriguing autobiography of one of the most renowned brain surgeons in the world who came from the humble beginnings of a single parent home in inner city Detroit."
Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting
Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting
"What is the origin of homosexual behavior and what are its effects upon family, and society? What is the real agenda behind the marriage controversy? The authors make their solid, well-documented case from the studies of mainly secular researchers who could not be accused of religious bias. This book will be dismissed out-of-hand by those who don't want to be bothered with the facts."
A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter
A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter
"The authors convincingly persuade that the worship assembly is a transformational encuonter with the Presence of God by which grace is mediated through the ordinanes of the Lord's Supper and the Lord's Day. Scripture, history, and the Stone-Campbell heritage all inform the perspective."
Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming our Constitution: An Introduction to the Historic Foundations of American Liberty
Not a Living Breathing Document: Reclaiming our Constitution: An Introduction to the Historic Foundations of American Liberty
"The author, a constitutional lawyer,  shows that the U.S. Constitution was not an experimental document produced on a whim by discontent rebels, but is built upon centuries of experience and history. Influential background documents include the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights. Good information, but I fear some will be turned off by a handful of glaring typos."