Review of The New Rules of Marketing & PR

Scott, David Meerman.  The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use News Releases, Blogs, Podcasting, Viral Marketing & Online Media to Reach Buyers.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009. ISBN: 978-0-470-37928-8. Meet the Author David Scott Meerman is an award-winning marketing strategist, best-selling author, conference speaker and seminar leader who is best known for writing this book:  The New Rules of Marketing & PR (published first in 2007, then updated in 2009).  Previously Read More …

Review of Flickering Pixels

Hipps, Shane.  Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith.  Zondervan, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-310-29321-7. Meet the Author Shane Hipps is a pastor with a unique perspective on technology and media.  In his first career he was a strategic planner in advertising.  Shane walked away from that profession and entered seminary when he realized he was spending his life perpetuating the consumer culture that was inconsistent with his beliefs.  Since 2005, he has served as lead Pastor of Read More …

Review of Who Stole my Church?

MacDonald, Gordon.  Who Stole my Church? What to do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century.  Thomas Nelson, 2007.  ISBN: 978-0-8499-2153-7. Meet the Author Gordon MacDonald is a well respected pastor, teacher, and author.  In thirty-five years of pastoral ministry, MacDonald's served five congregations.  He has been an adjunct professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary for many years and is also a sought after speaker.   MacDonald has written more than a dozen books Read More …

Review of What Americans Really Believe

Stark, Rodney.  What Americans Really Believe.  Baylor University Press, 2008.  ISBN: 978-1-60258-178-4. Meet the Author Since 2004, Rodney Stark has been a University Professor in Social Sciences and the Co-Director of the Institute of Studies of Religion at Baylor University.  Stark is an American sociologist of religion who previously taught for over thirty years at the University of Washington.  To learn more visit his personal website or see his curriculum vitae.   Book Read More …

Review of Quitting Church

Duin, Julia.  Quitting Church: Why the Faithful Are Fleeing and What to Do about it.  Baker Books, 2008.  ISBN: 978-0-8010-6823-2. Meet the Author Julia Duin is the religion editor for the Washington Times.  She has a master's degree in religion from Trinity School for Ministry (an Episcopal seminary) and has covered the beat for three decades.  Duin has won numerous awards and been nominated twice for a Pulitzer. Book Basics  "It's no secret that the percentage of Americans in Read More …

Review of Mutual Empowerment

Breazeale, Kathlyn A.  Mutual Empowerment: A Theology of Marriage, Intimacy, and Redemption.  Fortress Press, 2008.  ISBN: 978-0-8006-2039-4. Meet the Author Kathlyn A. Breazeale is Associate Professor of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University.    Book Basics Some of the most influential ideas informing marriage are traditional Christian ones. Kathlyn Breazeale, reframes marriage in light of a generation of theological insights, from feminists and process theologians. She shows Read More …

Review of So Beautiful

Sweet, Leonard. So Beautiful: Divine Design for Life and the Church.   David C. Cook, 2009.  ISBN: 978-1-4347-9979-1. Meet the Author Leonard Sweet is the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at Drew University, was voted one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America, and continues to write and speak prophetically about the church.  An ordained United Methodist pastor, Sweet has authored over 20 books and 600 articles, and is perhaps best known for his forward thinking ideas Read More …