Book Endorsements

Craig Detweiler, Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God

The major story lines of this culture are being written, not on Hollywood’s “big screen,” but the small screens of video games. Craig Detweiler’s superb collection of essays, and especially his introduction and conclusion, is best poised to answer our questions. Every parent, every gamer, every pastor needs to get this book asap. Your ability to connect to a digital culture depends on it.

Chris Spicer, No Perfect Fathers Here

Although it might only take a moment to become a father, it takes a lifetime of commitment to be a father. Our children are perfect gifts that make us want to never mess up at our one chance to be a father. So when our poor choices produce a negative result in our kids, a lot of dads begin to battle frustration, fatigue, fear and failure. Mistakes will be made, writes Chris Spicer. Yet, we can acquire knowledge and skills in the finer art of fatherhood and learn to handle our mistakes in a redemptive, rather than adversarial way-which is the point of this book. Written for real dads-imperfect dads with real struggles, failures, and successes-No Perfect Fathers Here is a roadmap on how to capably handle the role of a father in a positive manner. Chris celebrates fatherhood with ten characteristics of highly effective fathering and personal insight into improving ourselves as dads that come from his forty years as a father of four. Perfect fathers don't exist, but you can break out of the cycle of unsuccessful, even disastrous, parenting and have a favorable effect on your kids that will last them a lifetime!

John Blasé, Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas

John Blase positions himself at the epicenter of The Bethlehem Bomb, and lets the shock waves shake, rattle and roll us through art, poetry, prayers, reflections, and Scripture. The magic of a musical “Winter Wonderland” is nothing compared to the wonder of this so-beautiful “Four Seasons Wonderland.”

Andrew Farley, The Naked Gospel

How do you know a sailboat is maxed out in the wind? The author’s wife, a sailboat captain, can tell you. It hydroplanes. How do you know it’s hydroplaning? You listen for the hum. This book shows you how to open the sails of your life to the winds of truth, and to max out in God’s Spirit. Read this book and hear the hum.

Douglas W. Ruffle, Roadmap to Renewal: Rediscovering the Church's Mission

“Doug Ruffle’s Roadmap to Renewal is a compelling portrayal of Christianity’s true identity as a roadside, not roadless, religion. Let this book restore your chu8rhc’s roadworthiness by showing you how all roads to the future lead through mission.” Link to order book from Cokesbury:

Matt Woodley, The Folly of Prayer

Wherever one plunges into these eleven biblically landscaped pathways to prayer, the soul is set aloft and ablaze with the word the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal sewed into his coat and wore until the day he died after his prayer encounter with God: “FIRE.”

Carmen DiCello, Truth in Balance: Doing Apologetics in a Postmodern Culture

Carmen DiCello gives us two books for the price of one: a usable, plausible apologetics for a post-Christian culture, and a hands-on but not high-handed fondling of the contours of truth that is packed with punch and bursting with passion.

Barry L. Johnson, Awakening Faith in an Age of Anxiety

This little book is a vast emporium of beauty. Wherever one goes in these calming, challenging “but now!” essays--the photographs, the prayers, the poems, the personal musings, the biblical probings--the imagination is set alight and the soul is set on fire.

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Bill Isaacs, A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living is more than a book worth reading. It’s a book worth a fortune to those wanting a roadworthy faith.

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James A. Harnish, Strength for the Broken Places

Jim Harnish deftly explores God’s quirky knack for doing the greatest work in our lives, not by means of our strength or around our weakness but straight through our brokenness. Read this book to bear and wear your scars as stigmata of divine power and blessing.

Suzette T. Caldwell, Praying to Change Your Life

The Church is in the midst of a massive power failure. Suzette Caldwell believes we’ve tried to be every kind of a Church but the one that counts: a praying Church. Here is a must-read book that moves prayer from a noun to a verb, and a high-octane verb at that, one that overpowers evil while it empowers healing and wholeness.

Phil Cooke, The Last TV Evangelist: Why the Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Religious Media and What It Matters

If there’s anyone out there who understands better the digital component of our Google world than Phil Cooke, I don’t know who it is. “The Last TV Evangelist” might be better titled “The First Yellow Brick Road to a Digital Future.” You’d be wise to get on it quick.

Jimmy Long, The Leadership Jump: Building Partnerships Between Existing and Emerging Christian Leaders

Looking for a bridge to the future? Take this one. When churches build a bridge by starting in the middle, the end result is a bridge to nowhere. Jimmy Long has traveled both sides, knows the depth of the divide that separates the banks of established churches from emerging ones, and is conversant in the current conversations on either sides of the scholarly chasms. This book will help you be a bridge-builder in your church, your family, and your community.

Robert Benson, The Echo Within: Finding Your True Calling

In this so-beautiful book, Robert Benson provides the sky in which your soul can soar. You can fly.

Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost, ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church

ReJesus will rock your world----and cause you to reJesus your life, reJesus your church, and reJesus your Bible. Expect ‘reJesus’ to become a mantra and a mobilization in the revitalization of Christianity in the 21st century.

MaryKate Morse, Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space and Influence

Foreword by Leonard Sweet

Ed Cyzewski, Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life

Like a jolt of java, this book awakens the reader to the discipline of cultural context. Here is a non-bookish book on how all theology should be drenched in the smells and flavors of the house roast.

Shane Stanford, When God Disappears

By the second chapter of When God Disappears, my reading a book had turned into living a story–-a story that I shall continue to live for the rest of my life.

Chris B. Hughes, The Porpoise-Given Life: Inspiration from the Cetacean Nation

Too many followers of Jesus look like they’ve been born in crab-apple season. Chris Hughes has produced a firecracker of a book to throw into every crowd of cranky, contentious, humorless Christians. Read The Porpoise-Given Life, and many times your mouth will fill up with one of the best sounds in the world: laughter. Am I the only one out there who wants to die laughing?

Matthew Woodley, Holy Fools: Following Jesus with Reckless Abandon

I loved this book! If you think McDonald’s is a banquet, don’t read this book . . .which serves up a literary feast usually found only in secular writers and laureates. Those wild and wooly desert fathers have never been in better hands.

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