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Read my son Joey’s review of Spiritual Revolution.


For what it’s worth, these books are on my nightstand and bookshelf for reading in early 2008.

 With the Old Breed, by  E. B.  Sledge. Just finished this story of the marines who took Peleliu and Okinawa in WWII. Written by a private who appears to be a Christian. Very good – and very graphic on the horror of war.

Stonewall Jackson: the Man, the Legend, the Soldier, by James Robertson. Jackson is widely recognized as one of history’s greatest military leaders. He was also a committed follower of Jesus, who sought to live God-centered. Recommended by a friend as one of the best books he had read in many years.

The Transforming Community, by Mark Lauterbach. Subtitle: the practice of the gospel in church discipline. The subtitle sparked my curiosity. The first couple of chapters are very, very good.

 The Living Church, by John Stott. Now in his 80’s, Stott continues to write Bible-saturated books. I buy all that Stott writes.

 Church Planting Movements, by David Garrison. I want to learn how 15,000 new churches were started in a single year and how 150,000 Muslims turned from Mohammed to Jesus.

Reveal, by Greg Hawkins and Cally Parkinson. The study that produced a confession by Bill Hybels that the Willow Creek programming had not produced spiritually-mature people as hoped.

 Direct Hit, by Paul Borden. I met Borden years ago, and was very impressed by his understanding of church life and growth. This work deals with systemic change in church life.

 Church and Culture Revisted, by D. A. Carson. What does it mean to be in the world and not of the world? How do Christians relate to the culture in which they live. I try to read everything Carson writes.

Putting Jesus in His Place, by Robert Bowman and Ed Kosmoszewski. A case for the deity of Jesus.

 John Newton: from Disgrace to Amazing Grace, by Jonathan Aitken. I’m halfway through the book – great biography!

You read that right!

 Joey uses a new TV show to encourage building bridges with our Muslim neighbors, and to make the front page of Global Christian. Congratulations, Joey.

 He writes…

Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

Learner - Level 1

Little Mosque on the Prairie

One of the first commandments of God we learn as Christians is to “love your neighbor.” However, living out this command is often a challenge. Personally, I am experiencing this issue right now as I am trying to encourage my Muslim neighbor from Libya to allow his wife to meet my wife. My neighbor, I suspect, is partly afraid of his wife encountering American influence as well as her potential embarrassment for not speaking English well. His hesitancy reminds me of my own uneasiness with a culture and religion that are different from my own. Ironically, it is new North American sitcoms, which are the epitome of American culture, that help teach me how to love my Libyan, Muslim neighbor.

First, premiering in January of this year was the groundbreaking Canadian show, “Little Mosque on the Prairie.” According to the show’s press kit, “it is a new comedy from CBC Television about a small Muslim community in the prairie town of Mercy, many of whose residents are wary of their new, more ‘exotic’ neighbors. The series takes an unabashedly funny look at the

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