Publishers know that Modern Believing's team of book reviewers, led by the Reviews Editor, Rev. Dr. Michael Brierley, do an outstanding job in providing constructive, critical, fair and discerning reviews.

I. Anders, Miss Marple: Christian Sleuth.  Winchester and Washington: Circle Books, 2013. Pp.viii, 103.Pb. £9.99.  ISBN 978-1-78099-543-4.


V. L. Austin, Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2012.Pp. xii, 177. Pb.£14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-03220-1.


M. W. Bates,  The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation: The Center of Paul's Method of Scriptural Interpretation.  Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. viii, 400. Hb. £58.50. ISBN 978-160258328-3.


S. N. Bulgakov, Unfading Light: Contemplations and Speculations, ed. and tr. T. A. Smith. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012.Pp. xlii, 512.Pb. $48. ISBN 978-0-8028-6711-7.


C. L. Campbell and J. H. Cilliers, Preaching Fools: The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. xviii, 253. Hb.£33.50.  ISBN 978-160258365-8.


C. T. Collins Winn, G. W. Carlson, C. Gehrz and E. Holst, eds., The Pietist Impulse in Christianity. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2012.Pp. xxvi, 340.Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-227-68000-1.


J. H. Cone, Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare, 2nd edn.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xviii, 358. Pb.£17.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-979-6.


R. L. Cotton, Reimagining Discipleship: Loving the Local Community. London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. vi, 150. Pb. ISBN 978-0-281-06719-0.


G. A. Cray, I. J. Mobsby and A. Kennedy, eds., Fresh Expressions of Church and the Kingdom of God. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012. Pp. xvi, 179. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-091-8.


E. W. Davies, Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2013.Pp. x, 165. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-14594-9.


K. Day, Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. x, 180. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-981-9.


D. M. Doyle, T. J. Furry and P. D. Bazzell, eds.,  Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Boundaries of Being and Belonging in Postmodern Times. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.Pp. x, 334. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-982-6.


N. R. Evans, Developing in Ministry: A Handbook for Effective Christian Learning and Training. London: SPCK, 2012.Pp. xiv, 141. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06398-7.


R. A. Fairhurst, Uncovering Sin: A Gateway to Healing and Calling. London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. x, 115. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06879-1.


W. Farley, Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation. ouisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. Pp. xiv, 239. Pb. ISBN 978-0-664-23321-1.


D. F. Ford, The Shape of Living: Spiritual Directions for Everyday Life, 2nd edn. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012. Pp. xxx, 190. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-247-9.


J. F. Girzone, Jesus: A New Understanding of God's Son. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xiv, 369. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-985-7.


M. S. Goodacre, Thomas and the Gospels: The Making of an Apocryphal Text. London: SPCK, 2012.Pp. x, 226. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06776-3.


J. R. Gray, Christianity, the Papacy, and Mission in Africa, ed. L. O. Sanneh. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. vi, 197.Pb. £32.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-986-4.


J. B. Green and D. F. Watson, eds., Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012.Pp. xiv, 336. Pb. £33.50. ISBN 978-160258627-7.


M. C. Grey, The Resurrection of Peace: A Gospel Journey to Easter and Beyond. London: SPCK, 2012.Pp. viii, 129. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06637-7.


R. Haight, Christian Spirituality for Seekers: Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xxviii, 291. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-987-1.


A. E. Harvey, Is Scripture Still Holy? Coming of Age with the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. viii, 151. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6808-4.


M. Hayes, Loving Work: A Spiritual Guide to Finding the Work We Love and Bringing Love to the Work We Do. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. viii, 120. Pb. £10.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-988-8.


K. O. Hebden, Seeking Justice: The Radical Compassion of Jesus. Winchester and Washington: Circle Books, 2013.Pp. vi, 168. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-1-78099-688-2.


G. Heide, Timeless Truth in the Hands of History: A Short History of System in Theology. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2012. Pp. x, 220. Pb. £17.50. ISBN 978-0-227-68006-3.


T. S. Hibbs, Shows about Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture, 2nd edn. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. xviii, 257. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-160258378-8.


R. A. Horsley, The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Diversionary Debate. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. vi, 161. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6807-7.


S. J. Hunt and A. K. T. Yip, eds.,  The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. xvi, 336. Hb. £85. ISBN 978-1-4094-0949-6.


S. C. Ilo, J. O. Ogbonnaya and A. Ojacor, eds.,  The Church as Salt and Light: Path to an African Ecclesiology of Abundant Life. Pp. xxii, 170. Pb. £17.50. ISBN 978-0-227-68008-7.


D. T. Irvin and S. W. Sunquist,  History of the World Christian Movement, vol. 2: Modern Christianity from 1454 to 1800. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xvi, 503. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-989-5.


W. Jansen and C. Notermans, eds., Gender, Nation and Religion in European Pilgrimage. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012.Pp. xiv, 232. Hb. £55. ISBN 978-1-4094-4964-5.


A. E. Jasper, Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. x, 178. Hb. £33.50. ISBN 978-160258321-4.


D. Jasper, The Sacred Community: Art, Sacrament, and the People of God. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. xii, 222. Hb. £33.50. ISBN 978-160258558-4.


F. D. Jennings, What's Still Right with the Church of England. Winchester and Washington: Circle Books, 2013. Pp. vi, 125. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-1-78099-477-2.


W. S. Johnson, A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. xxii, 368. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6695-0.


K. E. Kilby, Balthasar: A (Very) Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. xii, 176. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-2738-8.


U. King, Teilhard de Chardin and Eastern Religions: Spirituality and Mysticism in an Evolutionary World. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2011.Pp. xvi, 415. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4704-5.


G. MacDonald, The Evangelical Universalist: The Biblical Hope that God's Love Will Save Us All, 2nd edn. London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. xxiv, 271. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06875-3.


W. Madges and M. J. Daley, eds., Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.Pp. xxviii, 300. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-993-2.


C. Marsh and V. S. Roberts, Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012. Pp. xvi, 234. Pb. $22.99. ISBN 978-0-8010-3909-6.


T. Martikainen and F. Gauthier, eds.,  Religion in the Neoliberal Age: Political Economy and Modes of Governance. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. Pp. xii, 248. Hb. £55. ISBN 978-1-4094-4978-2.


F. J. Matera, God's Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. xvi, 267. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6747-6.


R. R. Meyers, The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus. London: SPCK, 2012.Pp. xvi, 266. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06941-5.


R. T. Michener, Postliberal Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2013.Pp. viii, 186. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-03005-4.


S. Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012. Pp. xvi, 294. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-214-1.


R. W. H. Miller, One Firm Anchor: The Church and the Merchant Seafarer, an Introductory History. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2012. Pp. 364. Pb. £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9290-6.


K. S. Moody and S. Shakespeare, eds., Intensities: Philosophy, Religion and the Affirmation of Life. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. Pp. xii, 185.Pb. £19.95. ISBN 978-1-4094-4329-2.


D. O'Murchu, In the Beginning Was the Spirit: Science, Religion, and Indigenous Spirituality. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.Pp. x, 240. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-995-6.


A. Pabst, ed.,  The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI's Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy. Pp. xii, 289.Pb. £22.50. ISBN 978-0-227-68016-2.


J. J. Pilch, A Cultural Handbook to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. xii, 307. Pb. £17.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6720-9.


E. Radner, A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. vi, 482. Hb. £49.99. ISBN 978-160258629-1.


B. R. Reichenbach, Epistemic Obligations: Truth, Individualism, and the Limits of Belief. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. xii, 272. Hb. £49.99. ISBN 978-160258623-9.


N. C. Ring, K. S. Nash, M. N. MacDonald and F. Glennon, Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. xii, 411. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-997-0.


M. Sadgrove, Lost Sons: God's Long Search for Humanity. London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. x, 150. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06214-0.


C. B. Scharen, ed., Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012.Pp. viii, 180. Pb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6864-0.


R. K. Seasoltz, A Virtuous Church: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Liturgy for the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. vi, 249. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-973-4.


J. C. Sivalon, God's Mission and Postmodern Culture: The Gift of Uncertainty. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. 160. Pb. £18.99. ISBN 978-1-57075-999-4.


S. M. Studebaker, From Pentecost to the Triune God: A Pentecostal Trinitarian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. x, 281. Pb. £22.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6530-4.


M. Threlfall-Holmes, The Essential History of Christianity. London: SPCK, 2012. Pp. xii, 147. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06642-1.


P. and C. Vardy, Ethics Matters. London: SCM Press, 2012. Pp. xiv, 290. Pb.  ISBN 978-0-334-04391-1.


M. Volf, ed., Do We Worship the Same God? Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. x, 166. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6689-9.


W. Vondey, Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2013. Pp. x, 205. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-567-52226-9.


J. D. and E. E. Whitehead,  Nourishing the Spirit: The Healing Emotions of Wonder, Joy, Compassion and Hope. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. Pp. x, 181. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-001-3.


B. Witherington, The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective. Grand Rapids, MI, and Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. Pp. x, 158. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6737-7.


P. C. Zylla, The Roots of Sorrow: A Pastoral Theology of Suffering. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012. Pp. vi, 217. Pb. £24.99. ISBN 978-160258632-1.


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