Book Reviews

From: Volume 10, Issue 1: Spring 2013, Technological Innovation & Educational Ministry Pages 187-245


In this section 15 books are reviewed, presented in the following general order: children/family ministry, youth ministry, adult ministry, foundations, teaching-learning process, spirituality/spiritual formation, and leadership/administration—although reviews may not appear for each area. A list of each area and responsible editors appears after the last review in this section. We invite readers to consider reviewing a book for CEJ. Guidelines are available in downloadable documents at under Publications Policy on the drop down menu.

Intergenerational Christian formation: Bringing the whole church together in ministry, community and worship. By Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. 2012. 330 pp.
Review by Steve Clark, Adjunct Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Spokane, WA Campus.

Trained in the fear of God: Family ministry in theological, historical, and practical perspective. Edited by Randy Stinson and Timothy Paul Jones. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel. 2011. 290 pp.
Review by Jason Caillier, Doctoral Student in Leadership Studies, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX.

The adolescent journey: An interdisciplinary approach to practical youth ministry. By Amy E. Jacober. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2011. 179 pp.
Review by Donald Shepson III, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation, Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, GA.

Christian education leadership: Making disciples in the 21st century. Edited by Bernard M. Spooner. Coppell, TX: Christian Leadership. 2012. 381pp.
Review by David C. Strawn, Minister of Education, First Baptist Church, College Station, TX; Resident Fellow, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, TX.

Mapping out curriculum in your church: Cartography for Christian pilgrims. By James Estep, Roger White, and Karen Estep. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. 2012. 325 pp.
Review by Wm. A. Budd Smith, Senior Fellow of Ministry and Formation, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, TX.

Practical theology: An introduction. By Richard R. Osmer. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2008. 256 pp.
Review by Benjamin D. Espinoza, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.

Heart-deep teaching: Engaging students for transformed lives. By Gary Newton. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman. 2012. 212 pp.
Review by Christy M. Hill, Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and
Women’s Ministries, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, IN.

Liberal arts for the Christian life. Edited by Jeffry C. Davis & Philip G. Ryken. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 2012. 318 pp.
Review by Mark Eckel, V.P. of Academic Affairs, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, IN.

Ready, set, teach: Training and supporting volunteers in Christian education. By Delia Halverson. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. 2010. 115 pp.
Review by Megan G. Brown, Adjunct Professor, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.

Spirituality in higher education: Autoethnographies. Edited by Heewon Chang & Drick Boyd. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. 2011. 266pp.
Review by Allen M. Bañez, Research Assistant, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA; Pastor of Ministry Operations, Ambassador Church, Brea, CA.

Teaching and Christian practices. Edited by David Smith and James Smith. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2011. 225pp.
Review by Emilio K. Rugano, Adjunct Professor St Paul’s University Limuru, Kenya.

Pilgrim practices: Discipleship for a missional church. By Kristopher Norris. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. 2012. 160 pp.
Review by Timothy E. Buckheit, Assistant Pastor of Discipleship Ministries, First Alliance Church, Great Falls, MT.

Renovation of the church: What happens when a seeker church discovers spiritual formation. By Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2011. 184 pp.
Review by Scott D. Edgar, Lead Faculty, Azusa Pacific Online University, Glendora, CA.

Leaders in the labyrinth: College presidents and the battleground of creeds and convictions. By Stephen J. Nelson. Westport, CT: Praeger. 2007. 229 pp.
Review by Paul Wright, Rector, Instituto Bíblico Evangélico Mendoza, República Argentina.

Pastoral leadership is . . .: How to shepherd God’s people with passion and confidence. By Dave Earley. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic. 2012. 320pp.
Review by Agametochukwu Iheanyi-Igwe, Doctoral Student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.



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