February: The Month in Reviews

One new feature I would like to try (and get your feedback on) would be to do a post summarizing all the reviews I did over the last month. This can serve as a kind of index for my reviews and hopefully, if you missed one or more when it was first posted, gives you an easy way of finding what I reviewed in the last month.

I actually read quite a bit during February, so here is a good list. Enjoy!

A theology of the crosschina WakesGlorious War

A Theology of the Cross by Charles B. Cousar. This work does a good job of summarizing Paul’s “theology of the cross” using the Pauline epistles most widely accepted as being authored by Paul.

China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  This is a fascinating chronicle of Kristof and WuDunn’s stay in China during Tiananmen and the rise of China as an economic and political power.

Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer by Thom Hatch. Most of us only know the story of the end of Custer’s life at Little Big Horn. Hatch helps fill in the picture, showing the key role Custer played in several Civil War battles, including Gettysburg, as well as chronicling his early years and marriage.

resilient ministryconsequential leadershipReading scripture

Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving by Bob Burns et al.  These researchers discovered five factors contributing to pastoral excellence through summits with pastors as part of a Lilly research grant.

Consequential Leadership: 15 Leaders Fighting For Our Cities, Our Youth, Our Poor, and Our Culture by Mac Pier. Pier directs the New York Leadership Center and in this capacity is able to profile 15 leaders from a variety of walks of life whose faith and leadership is having a decisive impact in society.

Reading Scripture Together: A Comparative Bible and Qur’an Study Guide by Barbara J Hampton. Out of numerous Christian-Muslim dialogues, Hampton developed this resource to promote a comparison between Christian and Muslim scriptures exploring key areas of belief and key differences as well as similarities between the two faiths.

QuietHoly is the Day

diversityQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This best-selling book argues that introverts are simply different, not inferior or superior but rather offering unique gifts to the world that arise from their temperament.

Holy is the Day: Living in the Gift of the Present by Carolyn Weber. Weber shares her narrative of learning to live in the present as a mom of three under three who is also a college professor.

When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education by Julie J Park. Park looks at the efforts of an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at “California University” to increase ethnic diversity and the impact on these efforts that Prop 209 that led to steep declines in ethnic diversity at this campus.


The New Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. This is Bunyan’s classic work in an updated edition (which includes only Christian’s journey) with helpful notes and commentary.

I hope you like this recap of what I’ve read that might point you to one or two books you might read in the next month. Tell me what you think.

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