Soul Care in African American Practice by Barbara Peacock
In the late 90s and early 2000s Renovare released some volumes on spiritual reading that were “workbook” based. One, Spiritual Classics, focused on readings for individuals and groups based on the 12 spiritual disciplines from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Another book was Devotional Classics based on Foster’s book, Streams of Living Water. They were designed to take individuals or groups through a slow process of learning from historic spiritual reading combined with Scripture and spiritual formation practices. I still have those volumes on my shelves. They are well-worn.
In that tradition and format comes Barbara Peacock’s book from Intervarsity Press, Soul Care in African American Practice.
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The Myth of the American Dream by D.L. Mayfield
For the past 3-4 years I have had a book on my heart to write. Not ever having done a writing project, and being deathly afraid of critiques, I took notes, blogged a bit, preached a series with the beginning ideas of the book, and generally avoided doing more.
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This is a book that comes out in the midst of a pandemic that is forcing churches to be MORE digital. It seems a bit out of place, but it is helpful even in this time.
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The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament
G.K. Beal and Benjamin L. Gladd
Having taught Bible classes for 15 years in a college, THIS is the book I wish I had early on. The approach in this textbook is to keep the entire story in mind. We can’t be enamored with the New Testament because it is “easier” to read. We need to understand the world of the story of Israel in our Old Testament.
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This book creates a big problem for me. There is so much to
work through and think through it’s impossible to put it in a book review. This
is a book for thought, for contemplation, for discussion, and then for action.
The book is edited by Jenney Eaton Dyer and Cathleen
Falsani, but the feature is the articles by so many people involved in the issue
of hunger, food insecurity, and the work to actually think of ending hunger
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InterVarsity Press is re-issuing some classics from their catalogue. Basic Christianity by John Stott is a standard. It is every bit a classic in the explanation of Christianity as Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Having read Stott’s book years ago, I took the opportunity to read it again.
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Bread for the Resistance
Donna Barber is cofounder of The Voices Project, an
organization that influences culture through training and promoting leaders of
color. Her work is dedicated to training up leader of color to step into key
roles in the church and culture.
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Authentic Human Sexuality,
3rd Edition, by Judith K. Balswick and Jack O.
“Sex pervades our culture,
going far beyond the confines of the bedroom into the workplace, the church,
and the media. Yet despite all the attention and even obsession devoted to sex,
human sexuality remains confusing and even foreboding. What, after all, is
authentic human sexuality?”
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“Privilege has a way of blinding us to the realities
faced by those society has made invisible, and in true incarnational fashion,
Terence takes us with him on a journey to uncover the true experiences of our
most vulnerable neighbors.” (Chad Wright-Pittman)
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The word “mystic” is about as useful as “monk” or “monastic”
in many of our lives as believers. We may have an idea of what that word
entails, but to become a “mystic” (or “monk” or “monastic”)? No thanks.
There are those who have gone before considered to be
mystics who wrote of their experiences, or their experiences were given as
accounts by someone else. In the Christian sense, when reading their writings,
such as St. John of the Cross, we read those deep words and think, “Good for
him. Not a calling for me!”
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