Book Reviews

From: Volume 10, Issue 2: Fall 2013, Transformational Teaching and Learning Pages 450-501


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.

Disability and the gospel: How God uses our brokenness to display his grace. By Michael S. Beates. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 2012. 191 pp.
Review by Barbara J. Newman, Special Educator, Author, and Church Consultant, CLC Network, Wyoming, MI.

Family ministry: A comprehensive guide. 2nd ed. By Diana R. Garland. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. 2012. 585 pp.
Review by Thomas Sanders, Director, Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and Master of Arts in Family Ministry, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX.

The spiritual condition of infants: A biblical-historical survey and systematic proposal. By Adam Harwood. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock. 2011. 181 pp.
Review by Sharon Warkentin Short, Online Educator and Course Developer in Christian Formation and Ministry, Renton, WA.

Consuming youth: Leading teens through consumer culture. By John Berard, James Penner, & Rick Bartlett. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2010.
Review by Jason Lanker, Assistant Professor of Youth and Outdoor Leadership Ministries, John Brown University, Siloam Spring, AR.

The shaping of things to come: Innovation and mission for the 21st-century church. 2nd ed. By Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 2013. 288 pp. Review by Benjamin D. Espinoza, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.

Effective Bible teaching. By Leland Ryken and James C. Wilhoit. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2012. 208 pp.
Review by Jennifer Jagerson, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.

Christianity and the soul of the university: Faith as a foundation for intellectual community. Edited by Douglas V. Henry and Michael D. Beaty. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2006. 192 pp.
Review by Mark Eckel, V.P. Academic Affairs and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, IN.

Excellence: The character of God and the pursuit of scholarly virtue. By Andreas J. Köstenberger. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 2011. 270 pp.
Review by Mark Eckel, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, IN.

Kingdom calling: Vocational stewardship for the common good. By Amy L. Sherman. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2011. 271 pp.
Review by Mark Eckel, V.P. Academic Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies Director, Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, IN.

Spirituality and the awakening self. By David G. Benner. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2012. 240 pp.
Review by Beatrice Hyunkyung Kim, Christian Counseling, World Mission University, Los Angeles, CA.

Servant leadership for higher education. By Daniel Wheeler. Colorado Springs, CO: Jossey-Bass. 2012. 190 pp.
Review by Agus G. Satyaputra, President of Bandung Theological Seminary, Indonesia.

Reframing academic leadership. By Lee G. Bolman & Joan V. Gallos. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons. 2011. 254 pp.
Review by Cesar Morales, Academic Dean, Evangelical Seminary of Lima, Lima, Perú.

Leading so people will follow. By Erika Andersen. San Francisco, CA: Jossey- Bass. 2012. 224 pp.
Review by Debra Ross, Grow Ministry Associate, Christ Church of Oak Brook, Oak Brook, IL; Ph.D. student, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA.

Deep and wide: Creating churches unchurched people love to attend. By Andy Stanley. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2012. 350pp.
Review by Angie Ward, Adjunct Professor, Lancaster Bible College, Denver Seminary, Trinity International University, and Crossroads Bible College.

Marketing higher education: Theory and practice. By Felix Maringe & Paul Gibbs. New York, NY: Open University Press. 2009. 195 pp. $9.59.
Review by S’ Joseph, Ph. D. Student, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University,
La Mirada, CA.



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