IM Book Review: Reflections of Immanuel, by Scott Lencke

IM Book Review: Reflections of Immanuel, by Scott Lencke “Getting ready for Christmas” is commonly experienced as an uptick in the speed and frenzy of life. We rush, scurry, and get caught up in the “mall religion” around us. With grace and insight, Scott Lencke offers us a well-trodden but forgotten alternative path — theContinue reading “IM Book Review: Reflections of Immanuel, by Scott Lencke”

Musick for the King – An Internet Monk Review

Few pieces of music can touch the soul like Handel’s Messiah. Making this composition into the centerpiece of a historical of historical novel is a task that only a masterful hand dare try. Barrie Doyle delivers a masterpiece of his own in “Musick for the King – A Historical Novel“. In it, we are transportedContinue reading “Musick for the King – An Internet Monk Review”

Rob Grayson reviews “That All Shall Be Saved”

I’ve begun to wade into David Bentley Hart’s strident but powerfully argued book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation. But I’m not ready to write my response yet. I have been reading other reviews, however, and thought I would share one of them today. Rob Grayson has written for us before,Continue reading “Rob Grayson reviews “That All Shall Be Saved””

Another Look: Chasing Francis

Another Look: Chasing Francis Francis was a Catholic, an evangelical street preacher, a radical social activist, a contemplative who devoted hours to prayer, a mystic who had direct encounters with God, and someone who worshiped with all the enthusiasm and spontaneity of a Pentecostal. He was a wonderful integration of all the theological streams weContinue reading “Another Look: Chasing Francis”

IM Book Review: In His Majesty’s Secret Service

A little over thirty years ago my younger brother, Patrick Bell, left on an adventure. He joined Greg, his best friend from high school, on a clandestine team smuggling bibles behind the Iron Curtain. For two years they crisscrossed Eastern Europe bringing Bibles, medicines, and food to Christians who faced persecution and even death becauseContinue reading “IM Book Review: In His Majesty’s Secret Service”

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (1)

On Fridays, I’ll be doing a series for several weeks on one of the books I received for Christmas, Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. This book takes a different tack on the Adam and Eve story than other things we’ve looked at in the past. I’ve usually been most focusedContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (1)”

IM Book Review: The Sin of Certainty

When you grow up believing that your religious worldview contains the key to absolute truth and provides an answer to every question, you never really get over the disappointment of learning that it doesn’t. It’s a lonely, frightening journey and most of us are limping along as best we can. • Rachel Held Evans SoonerContinue reading “IM Book Review: The Sin of Certainty”

IM Book Review: The Listening Life

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction By Adam S. McHugh IVP Books (2015) • • • Listen carefully, my child…and incline the ear of your heart. • Opening words of the Rule of Benedict The question that drives this book is, how would our relationships change, and how would we change, ifContinue reading “IM Book Review: The Listening Life”

IM Book Review: The Between Time by Damaris Zehner (David Cornwell)

Note from CM: I’m so pleased to announce that Damaris Zehner’s new book has been published! It is available on Twenty-Third Publications’ website and for pre-order on Amazon.   For our readers from New Zealand (!), there is a local source. Germans can pay with Euros here and Dutch here. We’ve asked our friend David Cornwell to review it today. Congratulations,Continue reading “IM Book Review: The Between Time by Damaris Zehner (David Cornwell)”

Searching for Sunday: We make the way by walking

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. ???? IM Book Week Book Three: Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans We makeContinue reading “Searching for Sunday: We make the way by walking”