IM Book Review: Spiritual Direction

By Chaplain Mike Two of Henri Nouwen’s students, Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird, have taken their late teacher’s course in spiritual direction and supplemented it with his unpublished writings to create a “new” work presenting Nouwen’s thoughts on the Christian life. The result? A series of books filled with the characteristic simplicity and wisdom ofContinue reading “IM Book Review: Spiritual Direction”

Christianity’s Forgotten Man

Allow me to relate two recent incidents as a way of introduction to this book review. The first was on a recent Sunday morning in a church associated with a popular Christian movement (they do not want to be called a “denomination”) located in the midwest. The man who preached is a well-known missionary, aContinue reading “Christianity’s Forgotten Man”

iMonk Classic: Review of “Deep Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted September 15, 2009 “A chastened, invigorated traditionalism, re-rooted in deeper, better soil and paying attention to the younger voices and cultural changes, is the better evangelical future.” Jim Belcher’s fine book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional has been at the top of myContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Review of “Deep Church””

IM Book Review: Sacred Pathways

One Size Fits None Review of Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas We’ve all held up ridiculously sized articles of clothing and scorned their boast that one size fits all, from Linda Hunt to Shaquille O‘Neal.  We know that clothes should be made in different sizes.  We accept that not all medicine is suitable for allContinue reading “IM Book Review: Sacred Pathways”

The Store Is Open

You will notice a new ad on our home page. If you didn’t notice it, please take time to notice it now. There. Nice, isn’t it? We are happy to announce the opening of iMonkPublishing, a new part of the Internet Monk community. This is a place where you can buy books that we recommendContinue reading “The Store Is Open”

IM Book Review: A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church

By Chaplain Mike Warren Cole Smith’s book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church has a title with which I resonate. If you’ve been reading Internet Monk for any length of time, you’ll know that we describe ourselves in two ways: We are evangelicals. That is, we have been captured by the grace of GodContinue reading “IM Book Review: A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church”

IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told

Reviewed by Michael Bell The title of Bradley Wright’s Book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told, certainly grabs your attention. The book itself does a pretty good job of keeping that attention. If you are looking for a book that gives an easy to read, yet comprehensive assessment of the statusContinue reading “IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told”

R. Crumb’s Book Of Genesis Reviewed

Genesis is a source of children’s stories, a favorite among Sunday school curriculum writers. And what is there not to like? There are animals and boats and rainbows. There is a man with a fancy robe made with lots of bright colors. There is a garden where everyone is happy and safe. And there isContinue reading “R. Crumb’s Book Of Genesis Reviewed”

IM Book Review: Evolving in Monkey Town

By Chaplain Mike If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that faith can survive just about anything, so long as it’s able to evolve. Evolving in Monkey Town, p. 17 Rachel Held Evans is from the community of Dayton, Tennessee—”Monkey Town U.S.A.”—so named because it hosted the infamous 1925 Scopes trial, whichContinue reading “IM Book Review: Evolving in Monkey Town”

IM Book Review: Mere Churchianity—Time to Get Real

By Chaplain Mike It is here, the day we’ve been waiting for here at Internet Monk. Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality has been released! Today, I will give you my initial review and reflections. I can easily summarize its main message: It’s time for Jesus’ followers to GETContinue reading “IM Book Review: Mere Churchianity—Time to Get Real”