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.


 P. D. L. Avis, The Vocation of Anglicanism. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xii, 191. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-0-567-66462-4.


S.-O. Back and E. Koskenniemi, eds., Institutions of the Emerging Church. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xx, 156. Hb. £60. ISBN 978-0-567-66643-7.


J. Barton, ed., The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion. Princeton, NJ, and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 613. Hb. £34.95. ISBN 978-0-691-15471-8.


C. R. Bell and R. S. White, eds., Creation Care and the Gospel: Reconsidering the Mission of the Church. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016. Pp. xii, 353. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-61970-725-2.


M. C. L. Bingemer, Latin American Theology: Roots and Branches. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 133. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-184-3.


G. N. Blainey, A Short History of Christianity. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xxii, 615. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07619-2.


T. M. Block, The Secular Northwest: Religion and Irreligion in Everyday Postwar Life. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 231. Hb. £82. ISBN 978-0-7748-3128-4.


S. P. Bratton, Churchscape: Megachurches and the Iconography of Environment. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 440. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0383-5.


A. M. Brazal and M. T. Dávila, eds., Living with(out) Borders: Catholic Theological Ethics on the Migration of Peoples. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xii, 260. Pb. £28.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-166-9.


K. A. Briggs, The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xvi, 239. Hb. $25. ISBN 978-0-8028-6913-5.


D. Brown, Leaven: The Hidden Power of Culture in the Church. Weybridge: RoperPenberthy Publishing, 2016. Pp. 254. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-1-903905-93-7.


W. Brueggemann, The Bible Makes Sense. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016. Pp. vi, 133. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53254-8.


J. M. Bryan, Human Being: Insights from Psychology and the Christian Faith. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. x, 270. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-04924-1.


M. J. Bullimore, ed., Graced Life: The Writings of John Hughes. London: SCM Press, 2016. Pp. xl, 198. Pb. ISBN 978-0-334-05447-4.


S. S. Bullivant, E. M. O. Genilo, D. F. Pilario and A. M. Brazal, eds., Theology and Power: International Perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 230. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4945-2.


K. A. Cahalan and D. J. Schuurman, eds., Calling in Today’s World: Voices from Eight Faith Perspectives. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 238. Pb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7367-5.


D. Dorr, Option for the Poor and for the Earth, 4th edn. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. x, 548. Pb. £29.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-162-1.


J. W. Draper, Listening to God - Fuel for Ministry? An Examination of the Influence of Prayer and Meditation, Including the Use of Lectio Divina, in Christian Ministry. Alresford: Circle Books, 2016. Pp. x, 69. Pb. £7.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-448-9.


R. B. Ellsberg, ed., A Harvey Cox Reader. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xviii, 414. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-170-6.


V. I. Ezigbo, Introducing Christian Theologies: Voices from Global Christian Communities, 2 vols. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 288; xiv, 365. Pb. £22.50; £25. ISBN 978-0-7188-9442-9; 978-0-7188-9445-0.


M. Faggioli, The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. x, 165. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4934-6.


S. Finlan, Sacrifice and Atonement: Psychological Motives and Biblical Patterns. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 234. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-1-5064-0196-6.


C. Grethlein, An Introduction to Practical Theology: History, Theory, and the Communication of the Gospel in the Present, tr. U. Rasch. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. x, 268. Pb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0517-4.


D. P. Gushee and G. H. Stassen, Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxiv, 526. Hb. £26.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7421-4.


A. A. Hafer, The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 229. Pb. £18.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9420-7.


T. Halík, I Want You to Be: On the God of Love, tr. G. Turner. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 189. Hb. $25. ISBN 978-0-268-10072-8.


R. S. Hanson, City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 309. Pb. £25.99. ISBN 978-0-8232-7160-3.


R. D. Harries, The Beauty and the Horror. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. viii, 240. Hb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07693-2.


B. A. Harvey, Taking Hold of the Real: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Profound Worldliness of Christianity. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 342. Pb. £21.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17597-2.


S. L. Hausner, The Spirits of Crossbones Graveyard: Time, Ritual, and Sexual Commerce in London. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 234. Pb. £20.99. ISBN 978-0-253-02136-6.


R. B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xx, 504. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0491-7.


E. A. Johnson, ed., The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Pp. xiv, 354. Pb. £23.99. ISBN 978-1-62698-172-0.


C. S. Keener, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xxviii, 522. Hb. £31.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7439-9.


S. W. King, Animals Are Not Ours (No, Really, They’re Not): An Evangelical Animal Liberation Theology. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. viii, 184. Pb. £15. ISBN 978-0-7188-9448-1.


J. R. D. Kirk, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. xviii, 638. Hb. £40.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-6795-7.


E. A. Lee and S. C. Kimbriel, eds., The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xvi, 405. Pb. £27.50. ISBN 978-0-227-17598-9.


J. G. McConville and L. K. Pietersen, eds., Conception, Reception, and the Spirit: Essays in Honour of Andrew T. Lincoln. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xxii, 352. Pb. £22. ISBN 978-0-227-17599-6.


J. T. Nielsen and M. Müller, eds., Luke’s Literary Creativity. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xxviii, 299. Hb. £80. ISBN 978-0-567-66582-9.


M. D. Oakley, The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. xxxvi, 216. Pb. ISBN 978-1-84825-468-8.


G. D. Osborne, Be a Better Leader: Personality Type and Difference in Ministry. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xvi, 252. Pb. £14.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07583-6.


M. Patten, Leading a Multicultural Church. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xii, 164. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07504-1.


E. R. Priest, ed., Reason and Wonder: Why Science and Faith Need Each Other. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xx, 211. Pb. £12.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07524-9.


B. G. Prusak, Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory: An Introduction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 302. Pb. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-8091-4978-0.


E. Radner, A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xiv, 290. Hb. ISBN 978-1-4813-0506-8.


R. P. Reiss, Sceptical Christianity: Exploring Credible Belief. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016. Pp. 185. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-1-78592-062-2.


T. A. Robinson, Preacher Girl: Uldine Utley and the Industry of Revival. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xii, 320. Hb. £43.50. ISBN 978-1-4813-0395-8.


D. Y. Schumm and M. J. Stoltzfus, eds., Disability and World Religions: An Introduction. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii, 258. Hb. £43.50. ISBN 978-1-4813-0521-1.


O. Sigurdson, Heavenly Bodies: Incarnation, the Gaze, and Embodiment in Christian Theology, tr. C. G. Olsen. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016. Pp. x, 673. Hb. £40.99. ISBN 978-0-8028-7166-4.


M. N. A. Torry, Citizen’s Basic Income: A Christian Social Policy. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2016. Pp. xx, 178. Pb. £9.99. ISBN 978-0-232-53260-9.


R. J. Webster, ed., Perfecting Perfection: Essays in Honour of Henry D. Rack. Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2016. Pp. xii, 297. Pb. £24. ISBN 978-0-227-17588-0.


R. D. Williams, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 86. Pb. £8.99. ISBN 978-0-281-07662-8.


D. O. Woodyard, Liberating Privilege: The Breakthrough of God and the Persistence of Normality. Arlesford: Circle Books, 2016. Pp. x, 150. Pb. £11.99. ISBN 978-1-78535-462-5.


N. G. Wright, Vital Truth: Convictions of the Christian Community. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2016. Pp. vi, 262. Pb. £16.50. ISBN 978-0-7188-9434-4.


N. T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began. London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. viii, 440. Hb. £16.99. ISBN 978-0-281-06145-7.


P. G. Ziegler, ed., Eternal God, Eternal Life: Theological Investigations into the Concept of Immortality. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. xiv, 215. Hb. £70. ISBN 978-0-567-66683-3.