October 14, 2005

On The Bookshelf

I've got a bunch of books I'm digging into -- one of the benefits of Blogcritics and Mind and Media.

Bruce Feiler's book Where God Was Born looks interesting. I've read Walking the Bible, and I'm looking forward to reading this. A review will show up here and at BC.

Got my own copy of John Piper's God is the Gospel the other day. I'm late for the controversy that erupted in the godblogosphere, but I figure I'll have a few words about it, and give my take on some of the discussion that happened a month or so ago. Maybe I can even start another discussion!

AND the third book I wanted to mention (I've got more waiting to be read and reviewed -- check in with Blogcritics in the next few days for more on those books ...). I got an email from a very nice lady at Chelsea Green Publishing about a book they wanted me to review. God, America, and Fascism -- all about how terrible the religious right is, and how Christianity has it's priorities wrong, and all that good stuff. I almost passed on the book, but then I heard something that I told someone not long ago. "We should be willing to read things we disagree with," I said, "because there's always the chance that we'll learn something. If nothing else, intellectual honesty says that we need to get their arguments straight from them -- not second or third hand."

So I agreed to read it. I plan on reviewing each of the "sermons" in a post here, with a general review over at BC. I'm still not sure why they wanted me to review the book, unless they just haven't read much of this blog.

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