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Great Christian Thinkers

Other Books By: Hans Kung

Kung, the director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Tubingen, Germany, is a prominent but independent Catholic theologian and prolific author. Here, he attempts a new approach to the introduction-to-theology genre by critically tracing the developing thought of key, usually "paradigm-shifting," theologians (Paul, Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Schleiermacher, and Karl Barth) in relation to their social, intellectual, and religious environment. He explores the significance of their life and work for the Christian world in an interesting, quite understandable manner. The translation is a smooth, lively English. Readers of this fair and thought-provoking survey, whether curious lay readers or beginning seminary students, will be inspired to delve into the well-chosen chapter bibliographies and extensive references.





Daughter of Destiny; Kathryn Kuhlman, her story

Other Books About: Kathryn Kuhlman

Amazon reader review: This book will greatly encourage those who believe that the spirituality of the book of Acts can be ours today. Like the Bible, it is brutally honest, yet marvelously encouraging spiritually. Abundant proof is provided that miracles are not just for 2,000 years ago. God is alive and well, not just doing miracles in the third world but also here in North America and in the relatively recent past. This is a must read for those interested in ministering with the power of the Holy Spirit.





E.W. Kenyon - The True Story (Author: Joe McIntyre)

Other Books By: E.W. Kenyon

Amazon reader review: While it's apparent from some of the other reviews that this book may have flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well-written, well-researched. McIntyre offers fascinating glimpses of Kenyon's early years, and of the late 19th C and early 20thC church-era. The author may have a bias, but it's certainly no worse than one who has a bone to pick.

McIntyre reveals that Kenyon poses a curious but sympathetic character: his teachings didn't quite follow the pattern of the giants of the faith that preceded him. The author shows that Kenyon's teachings were developed after enjoying a long walk with the Lord. They were nuggets of truth his heart was set on releasing to the Church, and were not intended to be followed as quick-fix formulae. I find that the modern W-F teachers (and W-F critics too!) focus on the shock value of some of Kenyon's teachings, thus missing the forest for the trees.

McIntyre also describes some of Kenyon's failings but doesn't dwell on them. Imperfections do not disqualify one as a teacher of The Word. Robert Bowman's Word-Faith Controversy serves as a good counter balance to this book in evaluating Kenyon's teachings, many of which have done my heart good over the years while some others (which are probably wrong) remain controversial.



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Hannah Hurnard: The Authorized Biography

Other Books By: Hannah Hurnard

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Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God: The Life Story of the Author of My Utmost for His Highest by David McCasland

Other Books By: Oswald Chambers

Amazon reader review: I simply could not put this book down! Its amazing. It really allows you to get to know Oswald so well.  Oswald Chambers was a beautiful humble and unselfish man. In the back of the book are many of his poems too.







Confessions (translation of St. Augustine's prayer)

Other Books By: Henry Chadwick

Amazon reader review: I will begin by stating that I am an estranged ex-catholic. But as a philosopher and writer, I always wanted to read The Confessions of St. Augustine. The famed quote of Give me chastity and continence but not yet is one that I have often used out of context with a wicked smile. It was great to read these lines within the intended framework of Augustine's writing. This is a beautiful book. Augustine's gradual turn toward God is glorious. This book beautifully illustrates the human ability for transformation and transcendence. Along with Meister Eckhart and Thomas Aquinas it gives one a good grasp of the early Christian and Catholic theory. As a cynic I must question what went wrong but my sarcasm should not detract from the sheer beauty and power of St Augustine. It brought me closer to God if not back to my original faith. Like the Bible itself, this is a book that many Christians in general and Catholics in specific really ought to read.



Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith

Other Books By: Richard J. Foster

Streams of Living Water is Richard J. Foster's roundup of six great traditions of Christian spiritual practice. His essays on spirituality--contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational--are grounded in straightforward profiles of biblical and modern characters whom Foster considers exemplars of these traditions. (The prophet Amos and the Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, for example, are featured in the chapter on social justice.) Each chapter ends with a bit of advice about how readers can cultivate new aspects of spiritual life and keep these Christian traditions alive: "Take a bath instead of a shower. Waste time for God," Foster writes, in his chapter on the contemplative tradition. Foster doesn't really break new ground in Streams of Living Water--he's written about most of these spiritual disciplines elsewhere--but this book is a useful and engaging introduction to a fairly broad range of Christian spiritual practices.



The Collected Works of Saint John of the Cross

Other Books By: St. John of the Cross

Amazon Reader Review: "The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross" consists of the writings of this 16th century Spanish Mystic and Doctor of the Church. St. John was a Carmelite friar and friend of St. Theresa of Avila. A valued spiritual counselor, many of his works were written as instruction to religious who sought his guidance. The book consists of four major works and many minor works. The major works are "The Ascent of Mount Carmel", "The Dark Night", "The Spiritual Canticle" and "The Living Flame of Love". Each of the major works consists of a poem, written by St. John, and an extensive, word by word, explanation. In the explanation, St. John reveals his own theology, supported by verses from Scripture. The minor works consist of letters written to his contemporaries as well as a collection of St. John's poetry. This is definitely not light reading. The reader must concentrate on his the text in order to appreciate what he is reading. I am glad that I read it from two perspectives. From an historical perspective, it provides the reader with a good introduction into the world of mystical writing. More importantly, from a spiritual perspective, this book gives the reader an insight into God's call to all Christians to draw themselves more closely to Himself. The spirit of this book is difficult to explain. It is a classical book which is better experienced than described.




The Desert Fathers

Other Books By: Helen Waddell

Note: If interested in this subject also see Benedicta Ward's work

By the fourth century A.D., devout Christians--men and women alike--had begun to retreat from cities and villages to the deserts of North Africa and Asia Minor, where they sought liberation from their corrupt society and the confining shell of the social self. The Desert Fathers is the perfect introduction to the stories and sayings of these heroic pioneers of the contemplative tradition. Selected and translated by Helen Waddell, The Desert Fathers opens a window onto early Christianity while presenting us with touchingly human models of faith, humility, and compassion. With a new Preface by the Cistercian monk, writer, and revered teacher of contemplative prayer M. Basil Pennington, author of O Holy Mountain and Challenges in Prayer.

"God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides--may we follow their directions home."
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu




A Preaching Ministry: Twenty-One Sermons Preached by Harry Emerson Fosdick at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, 1918-1925

Other Books By: Harry Emerson Fosdick

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The Kathryn Kuhlman I Knew

Other Books About: Kathryn Kuhlman

Amazon reader review: Not a very deep book about the spiritual life of this woman of God, but it does contain many interesting and unusual stories about her that the other biographies do not contain. A very insightful look into this lady's life from an obviously close and dear friend.







My Struggle for Freedom: Memoirs

Other Books By: Hans Kung

Hans Küng is undoubtedly one of the most important theologians of our time, but he has always been a controversial figure, and as the result of a much-publicized clash over papal infallibility had his permission to teach revoked by the Vatican. Yet at seventy-five years of age Küng is also something of a senior statesman, one of the "Group of Eminent Persons" convened by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and a friend of heads of government like Britain's Tony Blair and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.  In this fascinating autobiography Küng gives a frank and outspoken account of the first four decades of his life. He tells of his youth in Switzerland and his decision to become a priest, of his doubts and struggles as he studied in Rome and Paris, and of his experiences as a professor in Tübingen, where he received a chair at the early age of thirty-one. Most importantly, as one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of Vatican II, Küng gives an authentic account of the conflicts behind the scenes. Here it becomes clear just how major an influence he was, to the point of shaping the Council's agenda and drafting speeches for bishops to deliver in plenary sessions. Küng's book offers an acute analysis, compelling in its drama, of meetings with presidents like John F. Kennedy, popes like John XXIII and Paul VI, great theologians like Karl Barth and Karl Rahner, and journeys around the world. With its rich thought and vivid narrative, it paints a moving picture of Küng's personal convictions, including his relentless struggle for a Christianity characterized not by the domination of an official church but by Jesus.




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