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Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation
Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation
by Miroslav Volf
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.47

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reconciliation, 18 Sept. 2009
This book is gripping, challenging, chilling and thought-provoking. Being from Northern Ireland a lot of the ideas of conflict, conflict resolution, reconciliation and forgiveness resonate deep within me. Volf's approach to this delicate subject are under-girded with thorough and compelling theological and anthropological insight. A book that, if you let it, will challenge your beliefs about reconciliation and the need for it. Volf has hit the ball out of the park by combining theological reflection with personal testimony to create an academically useful and challenging book with a readable and gripping 'story'. Highly recommended!


The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gladwell, a tipping point writer..., 21 Dec. 2008
It seems this book has become what it predicts- a tipping point. It is an interesting book, and draws the reader in very quickly with its readability. Gladwell writes in an engaging way. Although his point is sometime quite labored - the book makes a great point, and can help cultivate and generate ideas for your own 'tipping point'. This book is particularly interesting from a sociological point of view watching how trends develop... perhaps not as much of a science as Gladwell seems to assert, but certainly interesting, and worth taking notice of...


Introducing the Old Testament
Introducing the Old Testament
by John W. Drane
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intro to..., 21 Dec. 2008
This book is a great teaser for those wanting an overview of the Old Testament. John Drane's ability at opening the text, and enetering the world behind the text are excellent.


Paul: Fresh Perspectives
Paul: Fresh Perspectives
by Tom Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Wrights right? or is Wright wrong?, 21 Dec. 2008
Wright's book brings into account the last 2/3 decades of Pauline scholarship. His work compliments and calls into question this work, and truly does give a fresh perspective on Paul. The book is well written, and highly readable, and has some thought provoking comments and questions littered throughout. As an undergraduate Theology student the book has been useful in my New Testament Studies as a whole. The book however, is theology specific. It is not entirely balanced, and will depend on your view of Pauline theology, and the the purpose of Christ. There is some interesting discussion on the Pauline doctrine of Justification. This cannot be overlooked by those wanting to engage will Paul at a deeper level, and will be highly useful to, Pastors, student, scholars, and interested persons alike.


SOUL TALK: The Language God Longs for Us to Speak
SOUL TALK: The Language God Longs for Us to Speak
by Larry Crabb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Talk, 30 Nov. 2008
Larry Crabb has extensive experience int he field of Christian Counselling, and it is out of this background that he writes. The book deals with innovative ways that we can be more open to SOulTalk, and not just chit-chat.

SoulTalk is a book that deals with the Holy Spirit a lot, and may not fit every readers theology, but is an interesting book none-the-less. Crabb wants people to move beyond things that hinder them, and become the people they were meant to be.


The Partings of the Ways: Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity
The Partings of the Ways: Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity
by James D. G. Dunn
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £32.90

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource, 25 Nov. 2008
As an undergraduate student of the New Testament I found this book particularly useful in the area of the separation of early Christianity from it's Jewish roots. The book is fairly extensive, but Dunn still provides enough footnotes to point the reader to further reading should they so choose. The books presents clearly the pillars of Judaism and the challenges Christianity brought to the Jewish community and vice-versa. To anyone seriously considering early Christian and Christian formation scholarship this book is a must.


The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church
The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church
by Michael Frost
Edition: Paperback

4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really?, 25 Nov. 2008
At the start I found this book interesting, which it is. But, I think it makes very sweeping and generalizing statements about the 'traditional church' many of which seem to be unfounded, or made on the basis of one visit. Some of the things they were suggesting seemed plausible, others not so. I would recommend reading this book if you are interesting in the church of this century, but I myself did not enjoy, or agree with a lot of the things they said.


How (Not) to Speak of God
How (Not) to Speak of God
by Peter Rollins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thinking on the church, 25 Nov. 2008
Dr. Rollins blends a vast understanding of postmodern theory and praxis with a sensitivity to the Christian faith to create this useful tool. Dr. Rollins argues heavily in favour of the emerging church and claims that it has the power to revolutionize the way we 'do church' in this age. A challenging and captivating read. Rollins gives insight in the second part of this book about the community that he helped form and is currently involved with, Ikon, this provides some insight into how he thinks, and what makes him tick. An interesting guy, produces an interesting book.


EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL DVD
EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL DVD
by Rob Bell
Edition: DVD

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention grabbing, 25 Nov. 2008
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This lecture held my attention the entire time. Bell enters the stage armed with a whiteboard marker, and the biggest whiteboard imaginable. He goes to town on it. By the end the whiteboard is covered with his thoughts, drawings and musing on the subject that everything in life is spiritual. I am not going to challenge Bell's theology put forward in the DVD here as it is not the right forum to do so (not that I disagree, or agree particularly with what he is saying) but what i will do is say that this is worth your investment, and will provide many hours of thinking, discussion and enjoyment.


The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Sophocles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plays, 25 Nov. 2008
After studying these plays as part of my English Literature A-Level studies, I found myself thinking about them many times in the following years, they are a fascinating study, and can challenge thinking on theology and philosophy in an engaging way.


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