Wesley Castle Hill Library - Book Reviews
Putting away Childish Things, by Marcus J Borg, HarperCollins, 2010
Kate, a popular religion professor at a liberal arts college in a small midwestern town, finds her life turned upside down when she is offered a position at a prestigious seminary where she is confronted by her past.
In the classroom, her candid views on Jesus, the Bible, and homosexuality, instigate a campaign by outraged parents to get rid of her.
Putting Away Childish Things is an engaging way for readers to learn about the important issues dividing Christians today.
Have a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom, Sphere, London, 2009
"Will you present my eulogy?"
Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie and five other books) was visiting his childhood synagogue in New Jersey when his old rabbi made this unexpected request. Although living in Detroit and not following his religion for years, he agreed out of respect for the old man. But to do justice to the task, he made repeated trips back to get to know the rabbi as a man as well as a man of God. As it happened, Rabbi Lewis was in no hurry to die, and there was plenty of time to regain a respect for the faith in which Mitch was brought up.
He cleverly interweaves this story with that of a young black man, baptised in a rough neighbourhood in New York, but falling foul of drugs, violence, and the law. Eventually Henry Covington regains his faith and Mitch finds him leading and feeding a congregation of destitute people in a big dilapidated church in Detroit. Despite early doubts about Covington's credibility, Mitch supports him and eventually helps to get a big hole in the church's roof fixed.
This is an inspiring book, fast-moving and easy to read. See Bernard if you would like to borrow it.
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