New Reviews: Back with a Bang

Posted by Mark Tubbs
In New Reviews
August 27, 2008 @ 3:55 PM

Following an unplanned and unofficial hiatus, Discerning Reader is back with a vengeance this week, posting a full slate of eight brand new, hot-off-the-keyboard book reviews.

Ladies first: Leslie Wiggins graces us with two reviews this week. Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Horger Alsup is the newest installment in the Re:Lit series from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, published by Crossway Books. Leslie Re:Likes it. She also appreciates the sensitive way in which CCEF and WTS faculty member Winston Smith has approached the topic of divorce in his booklet entitled Divorce Recovery: Growing and Healing God's Way.

It might be too early to tell, but it looks as if looks as if prolific reviewer Scott Lamb may be returning from his summer hiatus. Scott has provided a review of a culture and technology book from Harvard entitled Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies, authored by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff.

New father Jacob Hantla has read and reviewed football coach Tony Dungy's children's book You Can Do It!, but daughter Elianna will only read it with accompanying gospel-centered commentary from Jacob.

And Tim Challies rounds out the final four reviews; he's a reading machine.

First off, Tim reviews two books on the topic of environmental stewardship and Christian faith. Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth's Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action is helpful but limited, while Francis Schaeffer's sensationally-titled Pollution and the Death of Man delivers on its promise to wrestle with the deepest issues in the tension between mankind's dominion over the earth and our responsibility to effectively steward it.

Thirdly, Tim reviews a book written by fictional author Jake Colsen, from the same folks that brought us The Shack. Akin to the narrative approach of William P. Young in The Shack, in So You Don't Want to Go to Church Anymore, real-life authors Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman set up a hurting character who comes across a mentor-figure with the result that the character pursues a self-made parody of biblical Christian living.

Tim's pure pleasure reading this week was yet another David McCullough book, an historian that he cannot praise highly enough. The Johnstown Flood chronicles a long-forgotten incident and ensuing scandal in American history. Now that the dog days of summer reading are all but long gone, this volume will have to be added to your Christmas list.

We'll be back next week, serving up a fresh batch of tasty reviews.