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The Skeptical Believer

The Skeptical Believer: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist by Daniel Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars My name is Paul … and I am a Skeptical Believer. I’ve been savoring this book. Its short chapters and conversational style … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Job

The Gospel According to Job by Mike Mason My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reading Mike Mason’s book, The Gospel According to Job, along with the biblical book of Job has been quite an experience for me. When the book … Continue reading

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Prima Scriptura

Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation by N. Clayton Croy My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve read a few introductions to New Testament study and interpretation. I can’t imagine one being better than this one. Written as … Continue reading

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Speaking of God: Evangelism as Initial Spiritual Guidance, By Ben Campbell Johnson

Speaking Of God: Evangelism As Initial Spiritual Guidance by Ben Campbell Johnson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was published in 1991 but has much to say to the Church today. It saddens me that a book like … Continue reading

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Every Other Monday, by John Kasich

Every Other Monday by John Kasich My rating: 4 of 5 stars I found the audio book edition at the public library when one of the books I had reserved for a car trip did not come in time. I … Continue reading

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When the Soul Listens, by Jan Johnson

When the Soul Listens: Finding Rest and Direction in Contemplative Prayer by Jan Johnson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the best book on contemplative prayer I’ve read. It’s hard to imagine a better one to recommend to … Continue reading

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Coming Home To Your True Self, by Albert Hasse, O.F.M.

Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions by Albert Haase My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is a great choice for Christian spiritual directors for a directee who would like to work through … Continue reading

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Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, by Jim Belcher

A few years ago, I took a seminary elective class in Emergent Christian Spirituality. I had read some things about emergent/emerging Christianity that I found interesting but which also raised questions in my mind. We read and discussed several good … Continue reading

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Sacred Companions, by David Benner

This book is an exceptionally good introduction to the meaning of personal relationships that are called “spiritual friendship” and ” spiritual direction”. Good spiritual formation doesn’t happen well on a purely individual level. It’s important to have some trusted person(s) … Continue reading

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The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen

This book must be among the best of Henri Nouwen’s writing. In it he gives some very deep and penetrating insight o the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and its illustration in Rembrandt’s painting of the Return of … Continue reading

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