Though initially daunting in size, once into the reading the chapters are page-turners. After reading the final chapter (Killebrew’s Philistines), my text had become so marked up and dog-eared, the spine cracked in several places, that the book itself is a mute testimony.
“Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating”
The earth’s ecosystems are in a state of early and accelerating collapse because humankind has become so decoupled from nature, we disregard, dishonor, and even actively brutalize the earth and its resources.
“What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times”
After reading the whole book (including endnotes), I realized how important understanding food, famine, and feasting factor into the formation of people groups since time immemorial, and particularly the Israelites.
“The 5 Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant”
Well-named, each essay really did take about five to fifteen minutes to read and was both engaging and informative.
“Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun”
As I sat looking at my books, wondering what to review next, my eyes fell on the shelf I keep in my office, special books that have changed me. Among the dark colored spines, the light blue of The Heavenly Man stands out.
“How We Choose To Be Happy”
I do not usually pick up self-help books, but the title was so intriguing (and I was so unhappy) that I decided to take a chance on it.
“Courage to Care”
If you are part of a Life Group or Care Group, or whatever your church calls it, this is well worth sharing together, perhaps over a meal, and with plenty of time to participate on the reflection questions.
“The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism”
I think I had heard about Christian mysticism, but I was not sure what it was, or what mysticism meant. Either way, I did not think of myself as a likely candidate to read mystical literature, or be interested in mystics. The irony is that the Gospel of John, the letters of John, and the Revelation of John are among my most cherished and beloved books of the Hebrew scriptures!
“Women’s Lives in Biblical Times”
This book involves a great deal of archaeological content. Women's Lives in Biblical Times, by Jennie Ebeling, PhD , follows the course of a woman named Orah's life, from birth to the grave, in Iron Age Israel.
“The Lost History of Christianity”
Though I am not an historian by trade, I consider this book a must-read for every Christian. Oneness in Christ is a precious unity that is easily lost when current divisions are considered insurmountable.