By Bill Williams with Martha Williams Morehouse. 1998. 328 pp. Pb. $ 14.95. ISBN 0-8192-1878-2
Reviewed by John Sniffen, Richmond, Va.
Bill Williams has written a very good book for those who wonder why, if God is all-powerful, there is imperfection and suffering in this world. He had good reason to ask such questions. He was one of three children in one family who were born with cystic fibrosis. Noting that the odds of such an occurrence were one-in-four, no wonder Williams asks, "Why?"
By Miriam Therese Winter Orbis. 1999. 180 pp. Pb. $15. ISBN 1-57075-279-6
Reviewed by Judy Haas Acheson, Kansas City, Mo.
M. T. Winter, widely known as a "singing nun," is also widely appreciated as a friend of God and of all God's children. This book, as the subtitle indicates, is the story of her own faith journey from the blind belief of childhood to the mature faith of a medical missionary as Sister Miriam Therese.
By Thomas W. Currie III Geneva. 2000. 176 pp. Pb. $ 12.95. ISBN 0-664-50129
Reviewed by E. Allen Proctor Jr., Raleigh, N.C.
I expect devotional books to be sentimental and superficial, at best, and insipid at worst -- this book of meditations on the psalms by Thomas Currie is neither. Instead the reader will find here real theological depth and an authentic wrestling with issues of the spiritual life.
By Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. Riverhead. 2000. 382 pp. $24.95. ISBN 1-57322-150-3
Reviewed by Ann Brizendine, Maryville, Mo.
"Everything unborn in us and the world needs blessing. My grandfather believed that the Holy has made all things. 'It is up to us to strengthen them and feed them and free them whenever possible to find and fulfill his purposes for them,
By Diana Garland InterVarsity. 1999. 600 pp. $ 34.99. ISBN 0-8308-1585-6
Reviewed by Mary Anne Fowlkes, Richmond, Va.
Diana Garland has produced a comprehensive guide to family ministry. Based on her expertise in teaching and research, she presents social, cultural, psychological and historical understandings of family.
By Ted V. Foote Jr. and P. Alex Thornburg 2000. Geneva. 80 pp. Pb. $12.95. ISBN 0-664-50109-5
Reviewed by Sallie Watson, Austin, Texas
"Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt" is pithy, witty and well-organized. So much did I enjoy it that I bought five copies to give to my Austin, Texas, high school graduates this year. Although Ted and Alex claim the "Bible belt" as the arena for this, their first book together, I would recommend this book to my former youth groups in California and Utah in a heartbeat.
By George Gallup Jr. and Michael Lindsay Morehouse. 1999. 171 pp. Pb. $ 17.95. ISBN 0-9192-1796-4
Reviewed by Edward A. White, Washington, D.C.
This study reflects the glaring incongruities of the religious situation in the United States today. Religion in general (whatever that may mean) remains popular but for many there is little substance.
By Elizabeth-Anne Stewart Sheed & Ward, 1999. 242 pp. Pb. $15.95. ISBN 1-58051-061-2
Reviewed by Herb Meza, Jacksonville, Fla.
The theme of this book is the reconciliation of folly and holiness. In beautifully written paragraphs, folly is described not as foolishness or buffoonery, but as vulnerability; risk above safety; truth above security; love above self-gain; and celebration over somberness. (Harvey Cox's "A Feast of Fools" and Henri Nouwen's "Clowning in Rome" play upon the same theme.)