Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions by Albert Haase
Not too bad of a book. I wasn’t real impressed at first, but he does a good job of discussing the true and false self. Fairly easy to read. Perhaps the best part of the book was the last chapter which had to do with growing spiritually.
He does a pretty good job of breaking down the characteristics of the true and false self which is helpful. The book is very accessible, more so that Thomas Merton or others. Perhaps this is because he is a spiritual director and he is writing the book to people who simply want to grow in their faith.
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After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
In After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters N. T. Wright states,
Jesus came to help us discover who we really are, and sometimes, as with Jesus’s first followers, it takes a while for people to figure it out, and they make mistakes as they’re doing so—but they’ll get there eventually.
I love that! As I fumble and stumble as I try to follow Jesus, I take comfort in knowing that I’ll get to where I need to be eventually…and you will too as you continue to abide in the love of God through Jesus.
As some of you know, I’m in the midst of a Doctoral program through Asbury Theological Seminary. If for some reason you would like to help me out, one way would be to use my Amazon Store whenever you want to order from Amazon. It really does help!
If you go to the "UMSource" section, you will find some books that I recommend.
A Christian bookstore nearby just went out of business. Each week they would increase the discount price by 5%. So, I was buying books anywhere between 30% – 50% off the cover price. So, now I have many books to read…perhaps too many. I also frequent the library and find books that I want to read there. Right now, here is my list:
Your God is Too Small – J. B. Phillips (I’m rereading this for a sermon series)
Mistaken Identity – Gaultiere (I’ve read it, but re-reading for a sermon series)
Uprising – McManus
Shaped by God’s Heart – Minatrea
On Loving God –
Shaped by the Word – Mulholland (Have read once, but wanted to read again)
Revelation – Mulholland (Been on my shelf way too long without reading)
The New Testament and the People of God – N. T. Wright (working my way through)
Rethinking the Church (Pastor friend of mine loaned me this)
Stories of Emergence (Same Pastor friend loaned me this)
The Last Word and the Word After That (McLaren)
Birth of the Living God – Rizo (??) (Again, for a sermon series)
Well, I believe that is about it…like I said, too many books, not enough time. I have other books I want to read, but the above is my “short” list.
Authors and Publishers on Postmodernism
Here’s an article from the folks that market books to Christians about postmodernism.
It probably should amaze me about how much Mel Gibson’s Passion movie is changing things. So far, on ABC, it looks like they will have specials on Paul and also on Judas. I just saw that Primetime was going to have the “last hours of Jesus” special on Friday. I’m starting to wonder if at some time it might actually be ‘cool’ to hang out with Jesus.
On the O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly said he had just seen the movie. One of the things I noticed was that his feeling was Mel Gibson wanted people to basically follow Jesus’ example of love in the midst of hate and brutality. While that is important, it seems that the main issue of the passion, talking care of human sin, wasn’t addressed. I guess it causes me to wonder if the message of the cross and our sins will be lost on alot of the general public.