Book Reviews

Spiritual Disciplines & John Wesley

Spiritual Disciplines & John Wesley

I’m not an expert on Spiritual Disciplines and have to admit that I don’t practice many of them for very long, though I have periods in my life when I go to some of them for spiritual growth, renewal or to get through difficult seasons of life. However, this is the second post in as many […]

A Quick Look at “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

A Quick Look at “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

I haven’t thought much about Celebration of Discipline for a number of years, though my library contains 4 copies of it. Mine were published in 1978 (1st edition), 1988 (Revised and Expanded), 1998 (20th Anniversary Edition), and 2002 (Deluxe Edition). I also have Richard J. Foster’s Study Guide for Celebration of Discipline. While I’ve never used the Study Guide for group study, the […]

Helping the Gospel Appeal to Everyone:  Reflections on True Story by James Choung

Helping the Gospel Appeal to Everyone: Reflections on True Story by James Choung

  Some of the primary concerns of young people today are care for the environment, relief for oppressed peoples, and the healing of other “systems” in their world that have been “damaged by evil” and are in need of restoration.  Being concerned, they often jump into the task of attempting to heal those systems without […]

Reflections on “The Steward Leader”

Reflections on “The Steward Leader”

Major Themes R. Scott Rodin begins with the point that in the Bible, leaders are not appointed but anointed for service.  He says, “The selection criterion for leadership was not based on who seemed most fit for the appointment, but on whom God had anointed for the task” (p. 14).  This is in contrast to […]

Reflections on “The Divine Embrace”

Reflections on “The Divine Embrace”

Major Themes If “The Divine Embrace” was to be summarized in one sentence, it would be:  “… spiritual life…is union with God fulfilled in a life of contemplation and participation in God’s vision for life in this world” (p. 16).  Dr. Webber goes back to this statement over and over as he explores spirituality in […]

Reflections on “Ambassadors of Hope: How Christians Can Respond to the World’s Toughest Problems”

Reflections on “Ambassadors of Hope: How Christians Can Respond to the World’s Toughest Problems”

I first met Dr. Robert A. Seiple when he spoke to Army chaplains attending the Chaplain Captain’s Career Course at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  His experience and message in his book is much broader than that audience, though.  His book, Ambassadors of Hope, needs to be read by […]