Book Reviews

From: Volume 9, Issue 1: Spring 2012, Intergenerational Ministry Pages 206-262


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.

A theology of family ministries. By Michael Anthony and Michelle Anthony. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group. 2011. 304 pp.
Review by Diane Lane, D.Ed.Min, Preschool and Children’s Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Texas. Adjunct Professor, Dallas Baptist University.

Family activism: Empowering your community, beginning with family and friends. By Roberto Vargas. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler. 2008.
Review by Teresa D. Welch, Christian Education, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN.

The vocation of the child. Edited by Patrick McKinley Brennan. Grand Rapids,MI: Eerdmans. 2008. 445 pp.
Review by Jason D. Noble, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX; Children’s Pastor, Hillside Church, Keller, TX.

The children of divorce: The loss of family as the loss of being. By Andrew Root. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2010. 171pp.
Review by Soo-Young Lee, candidate, PhD in Educational Studies, Biola University,La Mirada, CA.

Youth pastor: The theology and practice of youth ministry. By Houston Heflin. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. 2009. 160 pp.
Review by Megan G. Brown, Doctoral Student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.

How To Be the Best Christian Study Group Leader Ever in the Whole History of the Universe. By Israel Galindo. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. 2006. 146 pp.
Review by Clair Allen Budd, Christian Studies & Philosophy, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY.

The Christian college: A history of Protestant higher education in America. 2nd ed. By William Ringenberg. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2006. 316 pp.
Review by Benjamin Espinoza, MA student, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.

The color of church: A biblical and practical paradigm for multiracial churches. By Rodney M. Woo. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic. 2009. 290 pp.
Review by Eddy F. Carder, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX; Resident Fellow, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, TX.

The sacrament of evangelism. By Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie. Chicago, IL: Moody. 2011. 286 pp.
Review by Jennifer Jagerson, Curriculum Design Specialist, Hands of Mercy, Redlands, CA.

The transformation study Bible, NLT. Edited by Warren W. Wiersbe. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook. 2009. 2,318 pp.
Review by Dawn R. Morton, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH.

The excellent online instructor: Strategies for professional development. By Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2011. 176 pp.
Review by Scott D. Edgar, University of Phoenix, Columbia, SC.

Formation in faith: The congregational ministry of making disciples. By Sondra Higgins Matthaei. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. 2008. 132 pp.
Review by Benjamin D. Espinoza, MA student, Asbury Theological Seminary,Wilmore, KY.

The way forward: Discovering the classic message of holiness. By Matt Leroy and Jeremy Summers. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House. 2007. 191 pp.
Review by Benjamin Espinoza, MA student, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.

Leading from the lion’s den. By Tom R. Harper. Nashville, TN: B&H. 2010. 219 pp.
Review by Kevin Nguyen, Church Planting Strategist with North American Mission Board, Chino Hills, CA.

Leaders in the crossroads: Success and failure in the college presidency. By Stephen J. Nelson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. 2009. 205 pp.
Review by Samuel Twumasi-Ankrah, President, Heritage Christian College, Ghana; doctoral student, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA.



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