Book Review: Confessions of a Reformission Rev.

Confessions of a Reformission Rev is an interesting book, didn’t take me too long to read (less than a week) of yet another mega-church in an American city, this time Seattle. Ok Seattle is the most unchurched in America with only 8% evangelical but I dream of 8% of any kind of Christian. For the UK to get up to 8% in any place would be an achievement. In my area if we get up to 8% most people would think revival has broken out. In my area if the…

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Book Review: The Power of Generosity

The Power of Generosity is an excellent book. Dave Toycen has led World Vision Canada and been involved in humanitarian work for a long time, as a result this book has a rich vein of personal testimony, powerful stories and insightful reflection on generosity. Some books the stories are unoriginal and the connections trite and cliched but not here. Sometimes the stories outweigh the reflection to an extent that the point is not sufficiently made but the criticism is minor compared to the many strengths. Toycen examines what generosity is,…

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Book Review: Remarriage After Divorce in Today’s Church (3 Views)

I’ve decided to make a slight adjustment in regards to the content of this blog. I have a clear focus on Christian responses to consumerism and the rediscovery of a richer way of life and I think I’ll keep it that way, for the most part. However I’ve spent years writing book reviews for the magazine I used to edit and as a church leader I read much more widely than simply on issues of generosity etc…So I’ve decided to widen the scope in just this area, partly to serve…

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Beauty

I bought this along with other booklet on Climate Change and it follows a similar pattern. It raises the questions although this is thinner when it comes to suggesting ways forward or giving clues as to what a biblically based answer might look like. Beauty has become an idol of our age (although beauty has always been revered) but now it is the aspiration of almost everyone, seen as a measure of success or failure, the quest for eternal youth and life long beauty has become a crippling burden on…

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Climate Change: Book Review

This little 32 page booklet is a good one to give to people who are just beginning to think about the issue of climate change from a Christian perspective. Clearly from it’s size it is a first word not a last word on the subject. It asks good questions and helps people think biblically for themselves about the subject and leaves lots of room for further study. While it does leave room for those less than convinced about the need or priority it does also point people gently in the…

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Book Review: Freedom of Simplicity

Freedom of Simplicity is a classic and a must read for everyone interested in seeking out the simple life in the 21st century. Few people will have written so thoughtfully and drawn so deeply from the wells of Christian experience than Foster. He focuses as much on the inner life of simplicity as he does on its outward expression, correctly recognising that if we do not have peace and contentment on the inside then what we do on the outside will lack authenticity and integrity, it will lack the vital…

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Book Review: Serve God Save the Planet

Serve God Save the Planet was part of our holiday reading and both the better half and I found it refreshing to read of Americans that cared. Sleeth has done some drastic trimming of his families lifestyle (although to be fair it did sound a bit bloated), now living in a house that is smaller than his previous garage! For those new to the whole issue of changing lifestyle to care for the gift of creation this is an excellent place to start, same goes if you want a straightforward…

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Book Review: Kingdom Come

Back 24 hours from a week long visit to the Ukraine (I’ll post more about the trip, photos and projects some other time as the inevitable catching up process begins) and now it’s time to post a few things on this blog before I go away again, this time on a much anticipated holiday to Cuba. Any trip that involves sitting around at airports and flights with no movies presents an excellent opportunity to catch up on some reading, so having devoured a copy of both Newsweek and the Economist,…

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