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American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
by Robert Putnam
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive, readable review of American religion today, 11 Jun 2011
How has American religion responded to the cultural revolution of the 1960s and the decline in religious observance among young people since the 1990s? Authors Putnam and Campbell peer beyond the headlines of polarisation to discover a rich tapestry of religiously observant, and non-religious, communities living and thriving side by side - going to the same schools, being civically involved, even intermarrying. Their writing is based on robust sociological research done in recent years, but they pepper the over-arching story with colourful vignettes of various religious groups and their day-to-day activities. For the UK student of American religion, this is a must-read.


What Good is God?: On the Road with Stories of Grace
What Good is God?: On the Road with Stories of Grace
by Philip Yancey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.51

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read, 11 Jun 2011
"What Good is God?" The title of Philip Yancey's latest book is a question that has challenged apologists and philosophers for centuries. Yancey takes the question on a whistle-stop tour of ten different destinations he has visited as a journalist which tested it in reality, from the terrorist attacks in Mumbai to a gathering of women coming out of prostitution in Wisconsin. Yancey addresses each person and situation with sensitivity and care and through their experiences shows the importance people place in God's faithfulness when their faith is severely tested. Read this book for compelling stories of real people facing tough circumstances who re-discovered God's grace and redemption.


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
by Eric Metaxas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 19.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, 11 Jun 2011
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wore many hats, but the one he is the most remembered for is the one of martyr. In Metaxas's biography we are given detailed insight into the life and mind of a man who transformed his cerebral Christianity into a truly "living faith", which eventually led to his death for the sake of ending the persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust in Germany. Bonhoeffer tells the fascinating story of the upbringing, education, ministry, espionage and martyrdom of this influential, well-heeled German Christian who gave his life for others rather than give in to the false doctrines of Hitler and the Third Reich. A highly recommended read.


Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
by Timothy Keller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Keller does it again, 11 Jun 2011
New York pastor Tim Keller tries to address a wide range of audiences in his latest book, Generous Justice - suspicious orthodox Christians, passionate younger evangelicals, agnostics. To all he tries to make the case that the Bible is devoted to promoting justice and therefore is a key part of the Christian faith.

At points in the book Keller is too ambitious in trying to address all the concerns of these audiences. But upon finishing the book it would be hard for any reader to not be convinced of God's concern for the poor as laid out in the Bible, and his commands for his followers to live Christ-like, sacrificial lives for those less fortunate.


Think
Think
by John Piper
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.41

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read, 11 Jun 2011
This review is from: Think (Paperback)
In Think John Piper sets out to "help Christians think about thinking". Piper successfully ties together thinking earnestly about God and treasuring and loving him, arguing that the mind and the heart are inextricably linked when it comes to worship, studying the Bible and how we treat others.

However, Piper has a tendency throughout the book to get caught up in stale agendas and arguments to combat what he sees as the rise of relativism both within Christianity and society in general. He thus devotes two entire chapters to the subject of relativism, which could have been better used to write positively about the rise of scholarship within the Christian community in the past few decades.
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