Tuesday, August 07, 2007

This morning [written Monday 08/06] I went through the Publishers Weekly fall religion listings—about a dozen pages of selected religion titles coming out this fall. They are in alpha order by publisher and nobody gets more than three titles listed. I circle the ones that I want to learn more about. “Bogus” is what I wrote in the margin beside “Believing God for Work…asserts that the reason for high African-American unemployment is a lack of spirituality.” The author of Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up refutes the 12 arguments most often put forward to prove God exists. “It’s not about the math,” was my non-verbal response.

The Barclay Press discussion this month is featuring Dan Kimball and They Like Jesus but Not the Church. I was three titles that are echoes of the same theme—Loving God When You Don’t Love the Church (Sept. release) and I’m Fine with God…It’s Christians I Can’t Stand (Jan. 2008).

One of the books I’d already heard about is UnChristian—created from interviews with 16- to 29-year old non-Christians that share how they view their Christian friends and neighbors.

Other listings I circled include:

Starving Jesus: Off the Pew, into the World seeks to free readers from their complacency and spiritual anorexia.

Paul Louis Metzger calls on evangelicals to eliminate divisions caused by captivity to consumerism in Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in the Consumer Church.

The authors of Lies Young Women Believe, and the Truth that Sets Them Free interviewed 1,000 young women to find the top 25 lies they have fallen for.

Is religion now marketed and advertised like any other product or service? The author of Selling God: How Christianity Went from in Your Heart to in Your Face thinks so.

People in mainline churches doing outside-the-box ministries is the focus of Rising from the Ashes. This made me curious about what these ministries are and how far outside the box they are.

My political appetite responded to titles like A Stupid, Unjust, and Criminal War; When Did Jesus Become Republican?; and Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite.

Sara Nelson’s column in this issue of Publishers Weekly talks about a book that is already a hit in France and will be published in the United States in November—How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. It sounds like something I should read, but I’ll probably settle for adding it to the “books I have heard of” category.


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