Reviews by Melissa Cooper
On 10/18 Melissa Cooper wrote: I’m always fascinated by “The Gospel According to …” books. There have been a few that I’ve enjoyed thoroughly, not the least of which is The Gospel According to Starbucks by Leonard Sweet. But I always wonder why we need the Gospel according to anyone else. Why? We already have four canonized ... Book Review: The Gospel According to Jesus
On 9/16 Melissa Cooper wrote: It’s so hard to say thank you to the people who change your life. I still remember the woman who told a story at our Wednesday night children’s program that changed my life when I was nine years old. It was a simple story, but that is the moment I believe I became a theologian. I generally stray ... You Changed My Life by Max Lucado
On 8/23 Melissa Cooper wrote: Based on excerpts from his grandfather’s WWII field manual, Christopher Cunningham writes a 22-day devotional study for Christian salespersons. I thought it was an interesting connection. Although I am always wary about connection spirituality to anything military-related, Cunningham has done ... Book Review: Jungle Warfare: A Basic Field Guide for Christians in Sales by Christopher A. Cunningham
On 8/13 Melissa Cooper wrote: This book should be titled “Crazy Stuff is Going On! You Better Believe in Jesus!” What in the World is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah outlines “10 prophetic clues” that signify the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy about the end times. No doubt Jeremiah has a thorough grasp of what is contained in the 66 ... Book Review: What in the World is Going On?
On 7/28 Melissa Cooper wrote: I’ve really appreciated the complimentary review copies of books I’ve received from Thomas Nelson, and I appreciate this one as well, but I have to say it’s not their finest publication. Although this isn’t necessarily touted as an academic biography, it’s a bit too close ... Book Review: Saint Francis
On 7/21 Melissa Cooper wrote: I agree with Phyllis Tickle — this is one of the best books on prayer ever written. Of course, I’m not sure my opinion matters quite as much as Phyllis Tickle’s. And I would wager that she has read more books on prayer than I have, too. Regardless, this is a breath of fresh air ... Book Review: Mystically Wired by Ken Wilson
On 5/31 Melissa Cooper wrote: I like the premise. I really like what the authors are trying to do. In short, Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola attempt to re-focus the church on its true center, Jesus. So far so good. My favorite quote from the whole book: “The sad truth is that the Jesus who is preached so often today ... Book Review: Jesus Manifesto
On 5/7 Melissa Cooper wrote: I’m always interested in learning about religious groups other than my own, and although world religions tend to interest me most, I forget how many fascinating Christian sects there are out there. Although I am somewhat familiar with Mennonites, I had not encountered the Hutterite communities ... Book Review: ‘I Am Hutterite’
On 4/22 Melissa Cooper wrote: I recently received a copy of Will the World End in 2012?: A Christian Guide to the Question Everyone’s Asking by Raymond Hundley. It’s something I wouldn’t normally pick up, but I thought I’d check it out anyway. Now most of you should know I’m not a millenialist Christian; ... Book Review: Will the World End in 2012?