Growing up in The Salvation Army, I cannot recall a time when I did not know the name of Ray Steadman-Allen. From my early days of learning to play a brass instrument to the time when I first showed an interest in composing, RSA (as he is affectionately known worldwide) was an influence in my life as a young Army musician. History, Harmony and Humanity: A Suite of Articles about Ray … [Read more...]
History, Harmony and Humanity offers insight into the life and work of one of the Army’s best musicians.
March 6, 2013 by Major Ken Smith Leave a Comment
When it comes to talking to God, says bestselling writer Anne Lamott in her new book, these three words are all you really need.
January 31, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
I'm an awful “pray-er.” That is, my friends can pray extemporaneously, on anything and everything. Me, I fumble and bumble and don’t really get to the point of what I want to say to God. I feel I’m shortchanging Him whenever I close my eyes and pray. Prayer 101 It was heartening, then, to read Anne Lamott’s new book, Help, Thanks, Wow. “I do not know much about God and … [Read more...]
Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, was living the rock-star lifestyle. But God had other plans.
January 24, 2013 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
The fall should have killed him. Heavily intoxicated, Scott Stapp slipped from the railing of his hotel balcony and landed on a cement platform 20 feet below, fracturing his skull and breaking several bones. This event could have been a tragedy, but instead it was a turning point. “Looking back, I now know I was face-to-face with what I had become,” he says. For years, Scott, lead singer … [Read more...]
In a new book, Rachel Held Evans shares her experience of trying to take the Bible’s commands for women literally for one year.
January 7, 2013 by Kristin Fryer 2 Comments
When I first heard about A Year of Biblical Womanhood, I was intrigued. The book chronicles Rachel Held Evans’ attempt to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year, including not cutting her hair, calling her husband “master” and keeping silent in church. Beyond the novelty factor, the experiment is a significant undertaking. Biblical womanhood … [Read more...]
In his recent book, Dr. Carson Pue explores fundamental questions about the facts and techniques of leadership.
April 24, 2012 Review by Lt-Colonel Susan van Duinen 1 Comment
Dr. Carson Pue is known as a leader of leaders, especially through the global Arrow Leadership program. His book, Mentoring Wisdom: Living and Leading Well, brings together the theoretical, spiritual, professional and personal elements of leadership, and helps the reader feel he has a readily available “armchair mentor.” Pue’s transparent musings on leadership are encouragingly realistic, … [Read more...]
A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
September 7, 2011 Review by Dion Oxford and Geoff Moulton 13 Comments
The evangelical world is in an uproar about a controversial new book called Love Wins by Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, and featured speaker in the popular NOOMA video series. So what’s the big deal? While most evangelicals believe fervently in Heaven and Hell as real places where souls are punished or rewarded for eternity, Bell challenges readers with a … [Read more...]
Major Howard Webber receives Christianity magazine’s Book of the Year Award
June 20, 2011 Leave a Comment
Major Howard Webber's Meeting Jesus: Inspiring Stories of Modern-Day Evangelism has been named Christianity magazine’s Book of the Year. The book, published by The Salvation Army's UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland, was a runaway winner, receiving an overwhelming 82 percent of readers' votes! The Awards are part of the Christian Resources Together Retreat at High Leigh in the … [Read more...]
Commissioner Wesley Harris’ new book explores prayer, holiness, Salvationism and mission.
May 20, 2011 Review by Major Stephen Court Leave a Comment
Writing the Vision is easy to read but hard to ignore. The tenth book written by Commissioner Wesley Harris includes articles taken from the online magazine Journal of Aggressive Christianity, stories categorized as Truth—Stranger Than Fiction, a series of imaginary letters to the Apostle Paul inspired by an unlikely dream and selected poems that reveal the motivation of the writer to “Write … [Read more...]
The revised Handbook of Doctrine is an essential resource for all Salvationists
August 27, 2010 Review by Lt-Colonel Wayne Pritchett 1 Comment
Salvationists, along with other Christians in the Western world, are becoming increasingly aware that the world is changing rapidly and radically. Truth claims have to be carefully defended and, more frequently, even the possibility of determining absolute truth is rejected outright by postmodern skeptics. Anyone seeking to share the gospel needs a solid grasp of the central teachings of Scripture … [Read more...]
Ten questions that are transforming the faith, by Brian D. McLaren
July 15, 2010 Reviewed by Captain Mark Braye 6 Comments
Brian McLaren may be the most polarizing individual in Christianity today. He challenges assumptions and attitudes and asks uncomfortable questions. He entices; he’s provocative; he’s daring. His thought-provoking and insightful books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus and Everything Must Change. McLaren’s newest book does not disappoint or … [Read more...]