Books to Review

I hope that the Energion Publications book review program, while obviously designed to help publicize our books, generates discussion on blogs regarding issues that are important to Christianity. We not only don’t have any requirement that you produce favorable reviews, we hope that people will accept books that they expect to disagree with and provide reviews that engage with the authors’ ideas.

There are a few books that I’d like to see reviewed a bit more, or a bit differently than they have been thus far. I’m going to feature these in this post. You can request any of these books free for review.

noise flash is our first book of poetry. I suspect that our regular blog reviewers are more interested in theology than in poetry, but I hope we can find a few folks who would like to review a book of modern poetry written by a young worship arts pastor.

Soup Kitchen for the Soul is a guide to taking Christianity out of the pews of the church and into the world. Renee Crosby tells how her experience in being required to work in a soup kitchen as part of her seminary training led her to see that the gospel was about so much more than having people in the church take care of one another. This is not just a book of experience, or even of teaching. It’s a practical guide to finding your mission as an individual, or even as a whole congregation.

Why Four Gospels?  We’ve had a number of excellent reviews of this little book, but I’m hoping to generate some more discussion of the issues raised. I’d like to see more reviews from people who have a commitment to Markan priority and who will engage with the arguments presented

Ephesians: A Participatory Study Guide. A study guide may not be the most sexy topic for a review, but I think this one could be profitable. The way the author handles the issue of authorship, along with the way in which he makes interesting applications of the material in the book of Ephesians are both good topics for discussion, not to mention many specific issues that this book raises for Christian living.

God’s Desire for the Nations. This is another book that has received some excellent reviews. So why am I disappointed? I’m hoping that some people outside the Reformed camp will take a look, not just out of interest in John Piper himself, but because of the general justification of missions in Calvinism. There is some excellent material here examining the views of various reformed authors on missions (as compared to Piper’s) and also on soteriology in general and indeed even to some extent on hell.

The Sacred Journey. This nice (and short) presentation from the beattitudes will be of interest especially to preachers and teachers.

I’m looking for a few good reviewers who would like to interact with this serious discussion of the implications of the beattitudes for Christian living in the 21st century.

Henry Neufeld (Owner/Editor, Energion Publications)