Top 10 Books of 2016

There are so many good books published every year.  The best of the best among those I read this year follow in my seventh annual listing of my top ten books of the year. Top 10 Books of 2016 Author Title Lillian Daniel Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To Robert P. Jones The End of White Christian America Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Brian McLaren The Great Spiritual Read More …

Recent Reading: Politics & Bible

Politics are everywhere; I have yet to spend more than a few seconds scanning my social media feeds before encountering a political remark. Political experts are everywhere; 99% of the political remarks I read and hear are communicated as though the communicator is a subject matter expert.  In reality, of course, most are simply people who have strong feelings about their particular perspectives. Political writing is particularly popular.  As a non-expert, I have read three books this year Read More …

Review of Unifying Truths of the World’s Religions

Meet the Author C. David Lundberg grew up around religion as a part of his family's inspirational publishing business.  Over forty years ago he realized that, for him, spiritual truth extended well beyond the biblical text.  In response, he has spent most of his life exploring the world's many religious texts and traditions. Lundberg is a minister with the Spiritual Awareness Fellowship and Pathways of Light. Book Basics Unifying Truths of the World's Religions is a thoughtful, Read More …

Review of The American Bible

Meet the Author Stephen Prothero is professor of religion at Boston College, senior fellow at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and bestselling author of two books: Religions Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesn't (2008) and God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter (2010 - read my review and/or see this book's inclusion on my top 10 books of 2010) .  Additionally, he has written five other books, Read More …

Reflections on 75 Recently Published Books

Over the last year and a half (roughly 75 weeks), I have posted my reflections on 75 recently published books.  I encourage you to browse the list as you think of your reading list for 2011.  Each title is linked to my review. Author Title Year Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Men and Women 2006 Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Read More …

Top 10 Books Published in 2010

There have been many insightful books published this year.  Today, I offer my list of the "Top 10 Books Published in 2010" Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Spy – A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich Eric Metaxas Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites . . . and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media Bradley R. E. Wright God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter Read More …

Religious Knowledge in America

Religious Knowledge in America I encourage you to test your religious knowledge by taking a fifteen question multiple choice survey.  Once you complete the survey you will learn how your religious literacy compares to those who participated in the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey.  The results of the survey suggest the average American isn't very knowledgeable about religion.  In fact, the average participant answered exactly half of Read More …