Book Reviews

From: Volume 7, Issue 1: Spring 2010, Experiential Learning Pages 199-253


Formational children’s ministry: Shaping children using story, ritual and relationship.
By Ivy Beckwith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2010. 160pp.
Review by Teresa D.Welch, Christian Education, Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, TN.

The family God uses: Leaving a legacy of influence. By Tom and Kim Blackaby. Birmingham, AL: New Hope. 2009.
Review by Herschell Baker, Adjunct Faculty in Discipleship and Christian Formation, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN.

The pastoral care of children. By Daniel Grossoehme. New York: The Hawthorne Pastoral Press. 1999.
Review by Thomas Sanders, Director of Master of Arts in Christian Education: Childhood Ministry, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX.

Building faith at home:Why faith at home must be your church’s #1 priority. By Mark A. Holmen. Ventura, CA: Regal Books. 2007.
Review by Waylan Owens, School of Church and Family Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.

Perspectives on family ministry: 3 views. By Paul Renfro, Brandon Shields, and Jay Strother. Edited by Timothy Paul Jones. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic. 2009.
Review by Chris Shirley, Assistant Professor of Adult Ministry, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.

When the church was a family: Recapturing Jesus’ vision for authentic Christian community. By Joseph H. Hellerman. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. 2009.
Review by Julie A. Gorman, Professor of Christian Formation and Discipleship, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

A theology for Christian education. By James R. Estep, Jr.,Michael J. Anthony, and Gregg R. Allison.Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 2008.
Review by David C. Strawn, Minister of Education, First Baptist Church, College Station, TX and Resident Fellow, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, TX.

Everything must change: Jesus, global crises, and a revolution of hope. By Brian D.McLaren. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2007.
Review by Michael Brian Thompson, Associate Professor, Practical Theology, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH.

Engaging minds: Changing teaching in complex times. 2nd ed. By Brent Davis, Dennis Sumara, and Rebecca Luce-Kepler. New York, NY: Routledge. 2008.
Review by Baltazar Alvarez, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Criswell College, Dallas TX.

Creating stories that connect: A pastor’s guide to storytelling. By D. Bruce Seymour. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic and Professional. 2007.
Review by Marcia McQuitty, Childhood Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.

Teaching the faith, forming the faithful: A biblical vision for education in the church. By Gary A. Parrett and S. Steve Kang. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2009.
Review by Mark H. Heinemann, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX.

Desiring the kingdom: Worship, worldview, and cultural formation. By James K.A. Smith. Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic. 2009.
Review by Halee Gray Scott, Adjunct Faculty, Haggard Graduate School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.

Discovering discipleship: Dynamics of faithful Christian education. By Dean G. Blevins and Mark A. Maddix. Kansas City, KS: Beacon Hill Press. 2010.
Review by Linden D. McLaughlin, Professor of Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX.

In search of a confident faith: Overcoming barriers to trusting in God. By J. P. Moreland and Klaus Issler. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2008.
Review by Mark H. Heinemann, Associate Professor of Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX.

Theological education matters: Leadership education for the church. By Linda Cannell. Newberg, IN: EDCOT Press. 2006.
Review by Rosemary Wahu Mbogo, Department of Christian Education, Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya.



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