Reviews

Review: Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment

Title: Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment Authors: Mitch Hescox and Paul Douglas Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2016 Pages: 165 plus end notes Reviewer: Susan S. Baker It is often difficult reading about climate change crises as there seem to be so many statistics and technical jargon, …

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Review: Malestrom: How Jesus Dismantles Patriarchy and Redefines Manhood

Title: Malestrom: How Jesus Dismantles Patriarchy and Redefines Manhood. 2nd ed. Author: Carolyn Custis James Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2022 Reviewer: Stephen Taylor Malestrom is actually the Second Edition of Carolyn Custis James’s 2015 book, Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World. The “Introduction” and the nine titled chapters remain the …

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Review: How We Can Win: Race, History, and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged

Title: How We Can Win: Race, History, and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged Author: Kimberly Jones Publisher: New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2022 Pages: 192 pages Reviewer: Jason Rowland Kimberly Jones’s fierce dedication to seeing people of color play offense for a change in the money game of our nation is compelling and …

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Review: Christians Against Christianity: How Right-wing Evangelicals are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith

Title: Christians Against Christianity: How Right-wing Evangelicals are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith  Author: Obery M. Henricks, Jr. Publisher: Boston, MA: Beacon Press Pages: 232 Reviewer: Carolyn Custis James   When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you …

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Review: Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church

Title: Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church Author: Diane Langberg Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group Pages: 199 plus end notes Reviewer: Susan S. Baker We have been hearing more and more about abuse in all types of settings—families, businesses, children’s groups like the BSA, politicians, …

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Review: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

Title:  Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Author:  Kristin Kobes Du Mez Publisher:  Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W. W. Norton and Company, Inc. Pages:  304 Reviewer:  Carolyn Custis James In 2016, many observers were stunned at evangelicals’ apparent betrayal of their own values. In reality, …

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Review: A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing

Title: A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing Authors: Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer Publisher: Carol Stream IL: Tyndale House Publishers Pages: 222 plus end notes For those of us who have been a part of the white evangelical church for decades sex scandals and abuses …

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Review: Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores

Title: Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores Author: Dominique DuBois Gilliard Publisher: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018 Pages: 199 plus end notes Reviewer: Kyuboem Lee Incarceration has profoundly shaped countless urban communities across the American landscape, and this issue has received deserved attention in recent years, especially in the wake of Ferguson and …

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Review: Just Mercy Film

Just Mercy emphasizes social justice, enumerating the variety of flaws of a criminal justice system blinded by racism and handicapped by poverty. Just Mercy was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton in 2019, and stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, Karan Kendrick, and Brie Larson. The basis of the film is Bryan Stevenson’s memoir of the same …

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Review: Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom

Title: Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom Author: Adam L. Gustine Publisher: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2019 Pages: 204 plus end notes Reviewer: Susan S. Baker There are a number of books written about how a church can be effective cross-culturally. Multi-ethnic churches are attempting to reach across cultural lines to …

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Review: Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation

Most books about race focus on individual racism; others on systemic racism. David Leong’s book addresses systemic issues in a mission context and delves into how place affects and is affected by racial differentiation, how the way the places we inhabit has been formed for the sake of exclusion, and how place must therefore be considered when working for reconciliation and mission.

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Review: Church Planting Movements

Hundreds of churches are being planted within relatively few years and tens of thousands are coming to know Christ, in places and among people groups that most of us have never heard of. David Garrison calls these occurrences Church Planting Movements, and within the pages of his book by the same name he provides their stories and lessons the Church as a whole can learn from them.

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Review: When Helping Hurts

Most well-to-do North American Christians have a misunderstanding of poverty, as well as of themselves in relation to the poor, and therefore apply misguided solutions that end up hurting rather than helping already desperate situations, in spite of their good intentions. Here is a book that seeks to help the church, especially the well-to-do North American church, gain a better understanding of poverty that will lead to better practices of mercy ministry.