Book Review: Practical Theology for Women

Book CoverPractical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. 2008. 160 pages. Paperback. Price: $9.59 (

ISBN-10: 1433502097

From the Back Cover: Wendy Horger Alsup enjoys teaching theology to women. Alsup resides in Seattle with her husband, Andy, and two young children.

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“Know Him, and then act like you know Him.” This statement summarizes the purpose of Wendy Alsup’s little gem of a book, Practical Theology for Women. I recommend this book in the same way that I would suggest keeping a first-aid kit nearby—the essentials are there, organized and ready for when you are bleeding and need help. Beyond the essentials, Wendy cites personal examples of how God has shown Himself strong on her behalf and encourages the readers to know and trust Him as well. I found the preface alone to be worth the price of the book.

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Book Review: Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at

Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ by Alfred Edersheim. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970 reprint of 1876 edition. 342 pp., hardback.

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The Worship Crisis

A Comparison Review of Proposals by Robert Webber and Robert Dickie

ancient_future.jpgWebber, Robert E. Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative. Grand Rapids, MI: 2008. Softcover. 192 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8010-6624-5. $14.99.
worship_cvr.jpgDickie, Robert. What the Bible Teaches About Worship. Durham, UK: 2007. Soft cover. 155 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8523-4659-4. $13.99.

This comparison review of two recent books on worship may surprise some readers. At first glance, Ancient-Future Worship by Robert Webber and What the Bible Teaches About Worship by Robert Dickie represent radically different traditions. Robert Webber hails from an intentionally eclectic tradition that can be described as liturgical and very ecumenical. Robert Dickie represents a low-church and very conservative Baptist tradition. Robert Dickie is a conservative evangelical while Robert Webber occupies a much wider tent. One would not assume that these two books have much in common—and that assumption is largely correct. The surprise kicks in when one realizes that both books spend a great deal of energy interacting with the relationship of Scripture and tradition.

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Book Review: Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior

John Stott, Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior, John Stott Bible Studies (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Connect, 2008), booklet, 64 pages.

CoverJohn R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry.

This Bible study guide is a new addition in the reissued John Stott Bible Studies Series. Each booklet in the series begins with an introduction to the book (understandably sparse given the nature of the book) and includes two sections of tips for using the book, one for using it as an individual study and another for using it in a group. The back features a three-page section of helps for those using the book for leading a Bible study.

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Noteworthy Book Recommendations 2008

The Christmas season is upon us, and some of you may still be finishing up your shopping for gifts. Others of us are hoping that there will be some “book money” in the stocking. By the way, gift certificates are usually the safest way to go when a book lover is on your list and you have no idea which book to select. (They’re also very easy to wrap!) Our favorite bookstores offer gift certificates that can be purchased online. They are as follows:

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