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How to Hit a Curve Ball, Grill the Perfect Steak, and Become a Real Man

How to Hit a Curve Ball

How to Hit a Curve Ball, Grill the Perfect Steak, and Become a Real Man: Learning What Our Fathers Never Taught Us

How to Hit a Curve Ball is a paperback book (Religion/Christian Life/Personal Growth) co-authered by Stephen James and David Thomas; it is published by Tyndale House Publishers, 2008.

The book, overall, is awesome. It is highly recommended. Men everywhere are brothers, sons, fathers, and husbands, or some combination of the four. The relationships that proceed from those roles - or combination of roles - are beyond priceless. Men, we have the God-given ability to positively or negatively influence all of the relationships involved in those roles and all of the relationships proceeding from the people we immediately engage in those roles! That is undoubtedly a heavy, heavy responsibility. We all could use a little help along the way. Perhaps that’s the first lesson all men need to tackle straightaway. This little book is a big step in the right direction.

My rating: 4.0 stars
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Resource Reviews Coming in May and June

Ministry responsibilities are pressing! Praise God! That is a good thing! But it means I’m going to be running a tad late on the resource reviews for this month! Mea Culpa! I promise I will be getting to them all soon. I intend to complete the resource reviews in the next three weeks, at most. Too, I’ll be beginning that promised chapter by chapter journey through DeYoung and Kluck’s book. I trust you will be joining me for that particular journey! It is a very, very relevant one for our time!

‘Till then, I offer of a preview of the resources sent to me specifically for review on Tribe. The following resources will be reviewed in the next few weeks (list after the jump): Read More »

Rising from the Ashes by Becky Garrison

Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church

Rising from the Ashes is a book (paperback) written by Becky Garrison

This book would make a great library addition for those who are thinking hard about church and change, especially if you are engaging it from a mainline perspective. The book includes more than a few priceless nuggets of wisdom (see N.T. Wright, for example), but it also includes some of what could be easily called fool’s gold too. Not everything tagged with the words “Emerging” or “Emergent” is helpful as far as long-term solutions for ecclesial health, communal evolution, and practical change are concerned. Some of the content is, in fact, just reactionary and silly. Again, the reader must decide and discern the difference between the two. This is a good book, in spite of its need for sensible discernment. I recommend it to anyone involved in church thinking and/or leadership.

My rating: 3.0 stars
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A Review of The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey

The End of Religion

The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus is a book written by Bruxy Cavey

The End of Religion is a great book. It’s fantastic! It’s challenging but dedicatedly Biblical. Put this one on your shelf and read it through a few times!

My rating: 4.0 stars
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A Review of Life After Church by Brian Sanders

Life After Church

Life After Church: God’s Call to Disillusioned Christians is a book written by Brian Sanders.

We don’t need one more book screaming about all that is wrong with the church. We all already know that much. Those folk need to find some new material, and soon. Until they do figure out how to maturely assess contemporary ecclesiology and reflect this newfound maturity in their writing, check out Brian Sanders’ Life after Church. It offers readers a mature summarization of current trends - good and bad - in ecclesiology and challenges readers to decide for themselves if they should stay or leave by asking themselves which action would be better for the kingdom of God. This is a great little book.

My rating: 4.0 stars
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A Review of Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett

Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters and How to Talk about It

Speaking of Faith is paperback book written by public radio host Krista Tippett.

If you are interested in brushing up on a postmodern, pluralistic, North American Religious Liberalism, then grab Tippett’s Speaking of Faith. You will walk away from this book feeling as though you read a lot, but have little to actually apply to real life and living. It’s an exercise in religious intellectualism, at best. If your desire is to dive deep into authentic Interfaith conversation, keep checking the shelves. This book will not do it for you.

My rating: 2.0 stars
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A Woman’s Guide: Yup. Nope. Maybe.

I finished the Christian Life & Relationship paperbacks authored by the therapist duo aka Stephen James and David Thomas. The companion works are titled “Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat? A Man’s Guide to the Loaded Questions Women Ask” and “Yup.” “Nope.” “Maybe.” A Woman’s Guide to Getting More Out of the Language of Men.

I already offered my thoughts and questions re: “Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat? A Man’s Guide to the Loaded Questions Women Ask.” I appreciated the book, and found it to be both enlightening and entertaining. I would say the same re: “Yup. Nope. Maybe. A Woman’s Guide to Getting More Out of the Language of Men.” It too was an enlightening and entertaining read. The pair are good books, all around. Read More »

A Man’s Guide: Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat?

I recently read through a pair of enlightening and entertaining Christian Life/Relationship paperbacks collaboratively authored by Stephen James and David Thomas. The works are titled “Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat?” and “Yup.” “Nope.” “Maybe.” The former is “A Man’s Guide to the Loaded Questions Women Ask,” the later is “A Woman’s Guide to Getting More Out of the Language of Men.” Fun, educational reads, both of them.

I’ll start with a quick review of “Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat?” A review of “Yup.” “Nope.” “Maybe.” will follow shortly. Read More »