Brendan, Frederick Buechner (New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1987, 2000).

Book Review: Brendan: A Novel, by Frederick Buechner

Summary: This is a fictional account of the life of St. Brendan, often known as the Navigator. Buechner traces his life from being taking by St. Erc at one through his early years, the establishment of his leadership in founding Clonfert and in making kings, and most of all his marathon journeys, one lasting seven years.Read more…

The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World. David F. Wells (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008).

Book Response: The Courage to Be Protestant, by David F. Wells

Overall I appreciate that instead of attempting to summarize and update fifteen years of intense writing (including five Eerdmans publications); Wells delivered the essence of his work. But I wished from the beginning that he included a limited number of footnotes and/or recommendations for further reading beyond references to his previous titles.Read more…

Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith (Eerdmans, 2009).

Book Response: Desiring the Kingdom, by James K. A. Smith

Smith’s “core claim . . . is that liturgies—whether ‘sacred’ or ‘secular’—shape and constitute our identities by forming our most fundamental desires and our most basic attunement to the world. . . . [i.e.,] liturgies make us certain kinds of people, and what defines us is what we love” (25)Read more…