Being Christian

One of the challenges I experience regularly as a priest, a chaplain, and a visible Christian in the world is how to explain the most basic concepts and practices of my faith to a population which, increasingly, has less and less familiarity with it. Inside the church, I often find …

Liturgical Sense

Oftentimes in work, family, community, and throughout one’s life, we perceive certain needs. Questions that ought to be asked, issues that ought to be tended to, work that ought to be done. It is a delight when one reads a book that tends to some of these perceived needs. When …

Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate

As the place of churches in the West is rapidly shifting, so churches must change the ways in which they are used to operating. Gone is the assumption of general societal knoweldge of and respect for the church and long gone is the expectation that everyone will belong to a …

Bivocational

This book is an effort to reflect on, address, and engage with questions posed by changing models of how the Church functions in the twenty-first century. The model that has been in place for the past few centuries no longer seems sustainable for many and this book is part of the conversation about potential ways forward.

Inwardly Digest

A wonderful introduction to liturgical spirituality! This is a topic that needs addressing regularly and in every generation, and in this book, Derek Olsen has done a very fine job of it. From the cover blurb: Creating a vibrant spiritual life requires us to acknowledge the state we are in …

The Ultimate Quest

A fun, helpful, insightful, tongue-in-cheek introduction to Anglican (Episcopal) tradition and practice using popular geek culture as the point of entry and reference. Jordan Haynie-Ware is an Episcopal priest serving in the Anglican Church of Canada. In addition to writing The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (the Episcopal) Church, …

Quest for the Living God

Elizabeth Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God was the subject of significant controversy when it was published. Johnson, a professor of systematic theology at Fordham University and a member of the Congregation of St Joseph, wrote the book in an effort to …

The Virgin of Guadalupe

The inside flap of this book poses an important question: “The appearance of the Virgin Mary on a hill in Guadalupe, Mexico, in 1531 is perhaps the central tadition in Latino Catholicism. The vision, allegedly seen by recent convert Juan Diego, signaled the rise of Catholicism in the New World …

A Dead Djinn in Cairo

A 2016 story by P. Djèlí Clark, this is a fun, short romp through a fantastical alternate version of Cairo where steampunk is the norm and Lovecraftian elements get a look in. Another entry in the increasing library of tor.com “shorts” – which are ideal for reading as ebooks, offering …