Friday, May 04, 2012

Blog Tour: Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow

This week is the blog tour for the book "Think Christianly" by Jonathan Morrow. I almost didn't sign up for this one. It's not that I wasn't interested in the book. Quite the opposite. Working with youth, I think it's necessary for me to understand interactions between faith and the culture we live in. It's just that it's the last few weeks of this term and things tend to get hairy around here right about now. So of course, I signed up anyway. I do not regret that decision. I've done plenty of book reviews where I've been crunched at the end and wound up thinking, "That wasn't worth the stress of trying to finish it on time." This was certainly not one of those. I have loved every moment of this book!

 We are inundated with messages from our culture. Some are good, some are neutral and many are just downright deadly. How do we, in the midst of this cultural bombardment, transform our minds in the way that we as Christians are called to do? This is what Morrow sets out to do and accomplishes neatly in this book.

 Don't let it's physical size scare you. It's large, block print and very readable on a practical level. Each chapter is set up in an engaging and dynamic way, followed by an interview with a public figure relevant to the topic. Before you know it, you're wondering how you're halfway through the book already when you just picked it up. Morrow's style lends itself well to a wide audience.

 There is much to be gleaned for the pastor or leader trying to guide a church or small group into a deeper understanding of how faith interacts with culture. This would also be a good resource for a small group looking for a meaty topic through which they can dive deeper into their journeys. I think we can say, based on past experience, that I can be pretty hard on books that I think are compromising faith for the sake of what's cool or books that are trying too hard to be the popular kid. There are so many of those books out there. Shoot, there are many churches out there with that mindset (that's a blog post for another day). Morrow provides a realistic look into how the church and her leaders and members can keep up with culture in healthy ways. We can't ignore it. . . it's pervasive in the lives of everyone no matter what their faith is. But we cannot compromise our faith or allow it to be dulled by media, marketing and other major influencers of today's western culture.

This is one of those books that is going on my pastor shelf and will be recommended time and again, but probably not lent. There are some books you don't lend because you know if they don't return you're going to have to buy a new one. This is one of those. If you are a Christian and you live in a modern Western culture, you should go out and pick up a copy of this book today. Go on. . . get our of here. Stop reading my blog and go pick up a copy of this book. You can get it at Amazon.

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