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10758 World Religions in America: An Introduction
Jacob Neusner
Westminister John Knox
ISBN 978-0664233204
REL - Religions / RELN / Book
World Religions in America continues its lauded tradition of providing students with reliable and nuanced information about America's religious diversity, while also reflecting new developments and ideas. Each chapter was updated to reflect important changes and events, and current statistics and information. New features include a timeline of key events and people for each tradition, sidebars on major movements or controversies, personal stories from members of various faiths, a theme-based organization of subjects, more subheads, three new chapters exploring America's increasing religious diversity, and suggestions for further study.
10757 The Disciple Making Church: From Dry Bones to Spirituality Vitality
Glenn McDonald
FaithWalk Publishing
ISBN 0-9724196-8-3
L - Leadership / LM / Book
Transforming a church culture from one that provides programs to one that makes disciples. Get beyond the “ABCs” of attendance, buildings, and cash to a focus on carrying out Jesus’ charge to “go forth and make disciples.”
10756 Selected to Serve: A Guide for Church Leaders: Second Edition
Earl. S. Johnson, Jr.
Geneva Press
ISBN 978-0-664-50317-8
L - Leadership / LJ / Book
This useful guide for church leaders covers all aspects of officer training: call, duties, ethics, the Presbyterian Constitution, and much more. Congregations will find this resource indispensable for the recruitment and training of effective church leaders. Earl S. Johnson, Jr. has revised this best-selling book to include the new standards from the new Form of Government in the Book of Order
10755 Sailboat Church: Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Practice
Joan S. Gray
Westminister John Knox
ISBN 978-0-664-25958-7
L - Leadership / LG / Book
Is your church a rowboat church or a sailboat church?
Rowboat churches depend largely on human effort. When church budgets shrink and membership declines, rowboat churches frantically row harder against a current, often frustrated and disappointed at their efforts. Sailboat churches, on the other hand, take up the oars, hoist sails, and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide them.

Arguing that churches should be "sailboats," Joan S. Gray encourages readers to shift concern from the many daily, practical concerns of their local church to fresh ideas that can be found using the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The book includes forty days of sailing prayers, quotes from Scripture, brief reflection questions, and an extensive bibliography that is arranged by theme. Perfect for groups to read together, this book will help leaders reframe their church's mission and practice with the Holy Spirit as their guide.
10754 The Secular City
Harvey Cox
Collier Books
ISBN 0-02031155-9
EJ - Ethics / EJC / Book
What Cox does best in this book is to review the decline of historical American rural Protestantism in the face of the growth of major metropolitan areas. He manages to explain our age's sense of loss of the familiar and intimate in the traditional human contexts. He attempts, not always successfully, and never intending a summation, to cast a positive light on the inescapable modern reality of urban life.

His critique of the Church, in the broader sense of the word, is one concerning adaptation to the times. It was more timely, or at least urgent, when it first came out (which is when I first read it) than today. It will sound hackneyed to someone who sees everything in the light of theopolitics since 1981; but Cox wrote this long before the words "moral majority" were used to misname a movement.
10753 God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens
John F. Haught
Westminister John Knox Press
ISBN 978-0-664-23304-4
TH - Theology / THH / Book
In God and the New Atheism, a world expert on science and theology gives clear, concise, and compelling answers to the charges against religion laid out in recent best-selling books by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The End of Faith), and Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great). For some, these "new atheists" appear to say extremely well what they believe to be wrong with religion. But, as John Haught shows, the treatment of religion in these books is riddled with logical inconsistencies, shallow misconceptions, and crude generalizations. Can God really be dismissed as a mere delusion? Is faith really the enemy of reason? And does religion really poison everything? God and the New Atheism offers a much-needed antidote to the extremist claims of scientific fundamentalism. This provocative and accessible little book will enable readers to see through the rhetorical fog of this recent phenomenon and come to a clearer understanding of the issues at stake in this crucial debate.
10752 The Skeptical Passionate Christian: Tools for Living Faithfully in an Uncertain World
Michael F. Duffy
Westminister John Knox Press
ISBN 978-0-664-23008-1
TH - Theology / THD / Book
Michael F. Duffy takes his readers through a personal theological journey, exploring what it means to discern and live out a thoughtful, informed, and responsible faith. Encouraging Christians to develop and commit themselves to a critically developed vision of God, Duffy introduces the basic intents, questions, and conversation partners in theology, providing guidance on how to responsibly engage each one. Finally, he uses the skills he introduces to lead his readers through an exploration of vocation--whether God calls, whether God calls each of us individually, and, if so, what God calls us to.
10751 Faith and Film: A Guidebook for Leaders
Edward N. McNulty
Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 978-0-664-22950-4
TH - Theology / THM / Book
Growing numbers of church leaders are discovering that many films are able to impact viewers with gospel truths almost as well as a good sermon. Ed McNulty, a former pastor and longtime reviewer of films, offers this guide to help church leaders enter into dialogue with contemporary films. McNulty carefully crafts a theology of movies and then provides practical suggestions for creating and leading movie discussions with groups. In addition, he provides people from all across the theological spectrum with a framework to understand whether the overall message of a film outweighs concerns over profanity, violence, or sex in the film. He concludes by introducing twenty-seven films and including provocative questions about each that will prepare leaders to assemble and facilitate a group.

Popular films explored include The Color Purple; Crash; Hotel Rwanda; The Matrix; Million Dollar Baby; O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Shawshank Redemption.
10750 Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey Beyond Narnia
Devin Brown
Baker Books
ISBN 978-0-8010-7165-2
TH - Theology / THB / Book
As he did in the successful Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian, Devin Brown takes readers through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader chapter by chapter, illuminating the features of C. S. Lewis's writing, providing supplemental information on Lewis's life and other books, offering comments and opinions from other Lewis scholars, and uncovering the work's rich meanings. Longtime fans of C. S. Lewis and those who have met him through the movies will want to read this book.
10749 The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust
Mark I. Pinsky
Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0-664-22591-8
TH - Theology / THP / Book
In this follow-up to his bestselling The Gospel According to The Simpsons: The Spiritual Life of the World's Most Animated Family, religion journalist Mark Pinsky explores the role that the animated features of Walt Disney played on the moral and spiritual development of generations of children. Pinsky explores thirty-one of the most popular Disney films, as well as recent developments such as the 1990s boycott of Disney by the Southern Baptist Convention and the role that Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg played in the resurgance of the company since the mid-1980s.

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