Book Review: Christmas with Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This is another attractive gift book with Bonhoeffer in the same vein as Who Am I? and makes for a thoughtful gift for Advent (it’s a bit late for such recommendations but never mind there’s always next year). The format is the same with a reflection, phrase or thought from the great man and they really did make me stop and think about the season we’re in. I’m a bit jaded about Christmas, it doesn’t have much wonder for me and I’ve been seeking how to celebrate what it really…

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Stewing on mercy

I haven’t posted for a while because I’ve been stewing. Nothing culinary though. I’ve recently been invited to take part in a conference next April and the working title of the seminar I’m involved with is ‘How to live a mercy filled life in a difficult world.’ This has caused me some discomfort and is my reason for the slow progress I’ve made blogging recently (it’s also one of the busiest weeks of my year). I couldn’t honestly describe the process as thinking, it doesn’t seem as clear or as…

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Black Gold

Last night I finally got round to watching Black Gold and if you drink coffee you must watch this film. I mentioned it back here where you can watch the trailer. The whole Fair Trade concept is not new but I personally struggle to conceive how any Christian worthy of the name could drink tea or coffee that is not fair trade. Hopefully someone will show them this film and change what they buy forever. There is no excuse any longer on grounds of taste, as the film adequately showed, fair trade…

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Rich Christians

I just wanted to flag up a review of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger over at Make Wealth History. Ron Sider’s book is a classic on the biblical view of poverty and possessions and has recently been revised and updated for the 5th time. If you haven’t read it, you must.

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How UnChristian are we?

 Sometime ago I read and wrote about Dan Kimball’s book They like Jesus but not the Church and then followed it up with a series of posts on whether the same conclusions Dan reached in the US were also true of the UK. You can read those posts here, here, here, here, here and finally here. Now I’m reading a new book called Unchristian: What a new generation really thinks about Christianity…and why it matters by David Kinnaman from the Barna Research Group in the US, and I thought I’d do the…

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Book Review: Monster

So this is the fiction book I read, not what I’d normally choose but there it was on my shelves unread and now it isn’t. Christian fiction isn’t always that great but Peretti is a decent writer and Monster isn’t bad. Whatever you think of his plot devices, he writes with good pace, reasonable dialogue and vivid descriptions so the pages turn quickly and easily. There are some good twists and turns and there’s a fair bit more blood and gore than you may have expected. However the central plot…

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