Thursday, March 18, 2010

Books by Andrew Linzey

Andrew Linzey is an Anglican priest and Oxford theologian who has championed animal rights and "animal rites" for going on thirty years (more info here).

When our beloved cat, Clara, died recently, I looked for spiritual resources to honor her memory and the impact on us of her life and death. The more deeply I delved, the more I kept finding Andrew Linzey. I have purchased three of his books: Creatures of the Same God, Animal Rites, and Animal Gospel.

Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology

by Daniel Migliore (Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary)

We have been using this book in a weekly study group to which I belong. It is balanced, but clearly not fundamentalist or biblical literalist in its philosophy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Edward VI -- The Lost King of England

2/ "Edward VI --- The Lost King of England"

by Chris Skidmore

2007 / Phoenix / ISBN 978-0-7538-2351-4 /

By Bro. Bob Rowlands

The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister

1/ "Thomas Cromwell --- The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister"

by Robert Hutchinson

2007 / Phoenix / ISBN 978-0-7538-2361-3 /

By Bro. Bob Rowlands

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

John Wesley - A Biography

Author Stephen Tomkins.
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 978-0-8028-2499-8

This book follows Wesley from his childhood at Epworth rectory through his schooling and university career at Oxford to his mission to Georgia, his "conversion" in 1738, and finally his life as a religious leader in England.  Preaching in numerous villages, towns, and cities, Wesley and his followers faced intense and savage persecution, but their missions were also accompanied by extraordinary phenomena such as laughter, and healings.
The life and work of John wesley have had an enormous enfluence on modern Christianity, including his role as founding father of the Methodists.  The book examines Wesley's relationships with key people in his life, including his powerful and austere mother, Susanna, and his hymn-writing brother, Chares.  Also examined are key issues of his life, such as his renunciation of wealth, and his attitude toward women.
A good read!

Bro. Dave