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Students and faculty of TCA College have endeavored to describe, analyze and evaluate valuable resources in the form of book reviews. Whether to fulfill a course requirement or simply for the fun of it, a book review will help you make good, informed decisions about which book is relevant, informative and authoritative.

Thinking Theologically: Foundations for Learning
Recommended By: Rev Dr Babu Immanuel Venkataraman

Title: Thinking Theologically: Foundations for Learning

Author/Editor: Eric D. Barreto

Publication Info: Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015

Thinking Theologically is a collection of essays by professors of different fields such as preaching and worship, Biblical Studies, Theological Field Education, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Historical Theology. These essays reflect in a scholarly way on thinking mindfully, bodily, pastorally, biblically, historically, systematically, ethically, socially, and spiritually. The book invites the readers to think intentionally about God and his creative work with the premise that thinking about God is transforming and transformative. By thinking theologically, the authors invite the readers to think with God and become his conversation-partners. Such thinking requires education, training, and discipline. But this thinking is not some kind of an abstract thinking, but one that requires the theological thinker to see and touch the world that God has created. Such thinking involves mind and experience, intellect and emotion; it is relational and personal and intentional and transformative at the same time. Since it involves the whole being of a person, thinking and thinking theologically is foundational for learning as a life-long experience. It is to this edifying journey, the book invites the readers to embark on. I very highly recommend this book both to read as well as to possess.

 

The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000
Recommended By: Lily Lim

Title: The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000

Author/Editor: Scott W. Sunquist

Publication Info: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015

Dr Scott Sunquist journeys us through three paramount transformations in Christian history: Beginning in the early 4th century when the growth of the church became tightly entwined with politics and empire; secondly, from the 1450s to the 1550s, as Iberian Christians spread the faith to the far corners of the Earth; and thirdly, as the 20th century witnessed the West lose its position as the center of gravity of Christianity shifted down South to Asia, Africa and Latin America. "The last four decades of the twentieth century marked a tremendous change, something no one was ready for and few people even imagined. Suddenly Christianity went from mostly Western (1960) to more that 50 percent non-western (late 1980s), and today Christianity is only one-third white and two thirds people of color." Christianity’s influence in European and North American culture is on the decline today. In their place, multitudes of fervent Spirit-filled Christians are filling the churches in the South.

This book provides penetrating insights into the major themes in 20th century Christianity. It showcases how factors such as migration, persecution, the decline of Western Christianity, and Pentecostalism have reconfigured a religion since its existence in the early centuries.

I highly recommend “The Unexpected Christian Century” for one who is interested in investigating the history of the early Christian church from its birth, on to witnessing the most dramatic century of change. I fully concur with Sunquist that “this unexpected history of Christianity in the twentieth century should give us some hope. A gentle and suffering Savior will be Lord of all these efforts in the future, as in the past.” This is one of the best books that I have read.