Book Reviews

From: Volume 5, Issue 1: Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry Pages 190-243


The Bible and the task of teaching. By David I Smith and John Shortt. Nottingham, U.K.: The Stapleford Centre. 2002.
Review by Donald Ratcliff, Christian Formation and Ministry Department, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.

“Education has nothing to do with theology”: James Michael Lee’s social science religious instruction. By Edward J. Newell. Eugene, OR: Pickwick (Wipf & Stock). 2006.
Review by Randall Nolan, Briercrest Distance Learning, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Called to reach: Equipping cross-cultural disciples. By William R. Yount and Mike Barnett. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 2007.
Review by Don K. Ashley, Religion, Wayland Baptist University, Anchorage, AK.

That’s a great question: What to say when your faith is challenged. By Glenn Pearson. Colorado Springs, CO: Victor. 2007.
Review by Robert A. Gowins, Minister of Education, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville, TN

Huck’s raft: A history of American childhood. By Steven Mintz. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 2004.
Review by Dean Blevins, Christian Education, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO.

The danger of raising nice kids: Preparing our children to change their world. By Timothy Smith. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press. 2006.
Review by Elaine Becker, Degree Completion, Tyndale University College, Toronto, Ontario.

Nurturing children’s spirituality: Christian perspectives and best practices. Edited by Holly Catterton Allen. Eugene, OR: Cascade. 2008.
Reviewed by Lisa Milligan Long, Christian Formation, Lee University, Cleveland, TN.

Contemplative youth ministry: Practicing the presence of Jesus. By Mark Yaconelli.
Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2006. 251pp. $19.99.
Review by Yong (Jake) H. Kim, Education Director, Hanbit Church, San Diego,
CA, and Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot Theological Seminary, La
Mirada, CA.

Triangular teaching: A new way of teaching the Bible to adults. By Barbara
Bruce. Colorado Springs, CO: Victor. 2007. 256pp. $15.00. paper.
Review by Robert A. Gowins, Minister of Education, Inglewood Baptist Church,
Nashville, TN.

Encouraging authenticity and spirituality in higher education. By A. W. Chickering,
J. C. Dalton, & Liesa Stamm. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2005. 358
pp. $ 34.00.
Review by Myoungyou Hong, Education Ministry, Hanbit Church, San Diego
and Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada,

Bowling alone: The collapse and revival of American community. By Robert D.
Putnam. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2000. $16.00. 544 pp. paper.
Review by John Tuttle, Student Development, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

The lost virtue of happiness: Discovering the disciplines of the good life. By J.P.
Moreland and Klaus Issler. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. 2006. 217
pp. $ 14.99. paper
Review by Jackie L. Smallbones, Religion and Christian Education, Northwestern
College, Orange City, IA.

Ancient-future time: Forming spirituality through the Christian year. By Robert
E. Webber. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2004. 201pp. $16.99. paper.
Review by Hank Voss, The Urban Ministry Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles,

Eat this book: A conversation in the art of spiritual reading. By Eugene H. Peterson.
Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. 2006. 186pp. $20.00.
Review by Taewoo (Jeremy) Ryu, Youth Pastor, Bethel Korean Church, Irvine,
CA, and Ph.D. in Educational Studies student, Talbot School of Theology, La
Mirada, CA.

The Jesus way: A conversation on the ways that Jesus is the way. By Eugene H.
Peterson. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2007. 289 pp. $22.00.
Review by Halee G. Scott, Adjunct Faculty, Haggard Graduate School of Theology,
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.




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