Category Archives: Book Reviews

Standing in the middle of God’s Kingdom coming

Last Friday I had the joy of being with my wife at our church’s annual Christmas production. This was not your typical Christmas production of years past. There was no play…no manger…no shepherds. Instead, it was through songs, readings, and stories that we were able to come in contact with how God was working in our midst....

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Books of 2007

Here is a screenshot from my Delicious Library of the books I have read in 2007. It is less than I expected and the list changed as I was put onto various other books of interest. A total of 19 reflects the joys of being a parent of two kids and tackling some (for me...

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Happy New Year – Do you know you are Beloved?

I would like to extend a very Happy New Year to the readers of Toward Hope and I would also like to pose a question for you. Do you know that you are beloved? No, really…do you know this in a deep way? Do you know that you are loved beyond measure by the one...

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Colossians Remixed on Globalization

I have just begun the journey into Colossians Remixed by Walsh and Keesmaat. My initial impression – slightly skewed by the great stuff I’ve already heard about this book – is that it is, and will be, a fantastic read. Their journey into the workings of gospel against empire is one I am excited to...

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New Books…

Tomorrow I approach the ripe age of 35. I got a little gift from my father today in the form of cash and I could not resist the impulse to buy some books. I ordered from Amazon in the US to take advantage of the strong Canadian $. Here is the list. If you like,...

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Everything Must Change

In Reading McLaren’s book, Everything Must Change, (almost finished) I am reminded how much I appreciate both his insight and literary style to communicate things that are often ineffable. He draws his arguments from two big questions: What are the biggest problems in the world? And: What does Jesus have to say about these global...

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Everything Must Change..

I just bought the book and began reading it late last night. It seems intriguing as Brian attempts to ask daring questions in an attempt to integrate the gospel message with how we live on earth; certainly a central point to Jesus’ instruction about how we are to pray and live. I am curious how...

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Questions to Guide Theological and Ecclesiological Perspective

I have just begun NT Wright’s book, The Challenge of Jesus, for a paper I am writing. At the end of his first chapter, in which he outlines the importance of studying the historical Jesus, he offers five questions that can guide us toward an appropriate understanding of Jesus to inform our theologies and ecclesiologies....

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Book Review – Quaker Summer

Lisa Samson sent me a copy of Quaker Summer a while back as it was being released. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to review because of my frenetic calendar. However, Barbara Mutch, one of my instructors in the Masters tract I am on was graciously willing to do so. Quaker Summer, by Lisa Samson...

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The God Next Door Resource

Simon Carey Holt, author of The God Next Door has made a neighbourhood exegesis resource available from a section in his book. It looks intriguing and gets at asking some important questions about neighbourhood for discerning mission. Being able to read our world is a critical task for appropriate incarnational ministry. The questions have a...

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Speedlinking-August 19th

Here is a great quote about Discipleship from Erika’s site. The 417 Rules of Awesomely Bold Leadership…also Here and Here. For Mac users…I ordered I-Life 08. I hear mixed reviews. What about you? What do you think of it? Here are some books I have just ordered: The Way of Ignorance, Wendell Berry Everyday Theology,...

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A Podcast turned into a book purchase…

I was listening to Krista Tippett’s Speaking of Faith Podcast today. This week she interviewed Barbara Kingsolver to talk about The Ethics of Eating and her new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. I was quite intrigued by what she said that I went and bought the book. The book tells the...

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Something new on the site

I have joined the Associates program through Amazon. This has enabled me to create my own bookstore hosted by Amazon and anyone can buy books from Amazon at their low prices. See the a-store widget to the left. In the Toward Hope Bookstore you will find the books that I have encountered on my journey...

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I started reading this cool book…

…called the Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch. I can tell that this book will hit me with all sorts of astonishing bright lights (see picture) and profound insights about the emerging missional church that should keep me wide-eyed for some time (see picture). I am looking forward to reading this not only for the insight,...

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Some worthwhile links…

David Fitch reviews VanHoozer’s book Everyday Theology:How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. It looks like a worthwhile book that deals with the importance of exegeting our culture. I see the value of this and I have been thinking for the last few years that the importance of reading our world should be a...

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