Book Review: Raise Your Voice

Why I picked up this book:

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InterVarsity Press is the publisher of my forthcoming book. Long before I became an InterVarsity Press author, I was and am a devoted InterVarsity Press (IVP) reader. I don’t get to read all of the books that I want, but most of the time I am reading books that are written or influenced by InterVarsity Press authors. I find that IVP books are thoughtful, timely, highly theological, and engaging. This book delivered on that standard of consistency and excellence.

 

Who Should Read Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How To Speak Up:

 

Today’s culture is bombarded with noise, messages, and information. Sometimes it is easier to tune out when we really should be dialing in. At other times, we may feel so overwhelmed or powerless by the messages that we receive that we opt to do nothing. Regardless of whether or not we find ourselves actively watching, listening to, and engaging the constant stream of information available on our televisions or electronic devices, we need books like this one.

 

We need a book to remind us of who we are and why we speak up even when it is hard and when we are afraid.

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Book Review: Discipled by Jesus

Why I picked up this book:

 

Discipled by Jesus book cover

Since I write book reviews, I normally receive new releases from publishing houses. I don’t get to read all of them, but I normally prioritize the ones that are directly linked to my ministry focus areas, or I select the resources that provide a fresh perspective. In this day, I also find it particularly important to intentionally read Christian books that are written by leaders are who people of color.

 

I care about discipleship, and this NavPress book was written by a person of color, who is well read, trained, and experienced in pastoral ministry. That is how this resource worked its way to the top of my reading pile.

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Book Review: Reconstructing the Gospel

Why I picked up this book:

Since I write book reviews, I often have the pleasure of receiving surprises like this one from various publishers in the mail. The title and book cover were both intriguing and I have come to trust the publisher, InterVarsity Press to discuss important topics with thoughtfulness and biblical integrity. In times like these, I really wanted to hear what the author, a white man, had to say on the topic.

Reconstructing the Gospel

Who Should Read Reconstructing The Gospel:

 

Anyone who considers themselves an evangelical should read this book. It is particularly important for those who worship in multi-ethnic churches or those who are seeking reconciliation and justice in our country.

What’s in Store for You:

This is a redemptive story about how the author, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, had to come to terms with the inconsistencies of the gospel message that was preached to him and was passed down from his parents. That gospel message was laced with white supremacy (a loaded phrase I know) but he shares honestly and thoughtfully about how that happens intentionally and subconsciously when you look at America’s history of injustice against people of color, and black people in particular.

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