The Weekly Hit List: May 4, 2012

The Christian Century reviewed Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions by Arthur Boers. You must be a subscriber to read the entire review. Here is an excerpt:

“The more difficult task, however, and the one that Boers’s book mostly succeeds in provoking, is to look long and hard at ourselves, at the objects that command our attention and at the practices that make up our days. And then, after he holds up a mirror for us for a little while, Boers asks us the essential, if no longer new, questions: When do we rule our gadgets and when do they rule us? When does technology improve our lives and when does it bankrupt them? What habits might help us manage the omnipresent allures of a technological age? And what can we do if we find ourselves walking around with devices that are not, in the deepest sense of the word, working?”

Quick Hits:

The May 2012 issue of the Brazos Press newsletter, Border Crossings, has released and is available. To receive future issues in your inbox, click here to subscribe.

Peter Enns (author of The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins) was interviewed on Christian.co.uk for what he “thinks about Adam and why it matters one way or the other.”

Miroslav Volf’s A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good was reviewed by Tony Dickinson.

David G. Benner’s Spirituality and the Awakening Self: The Sacred Journey of Transformation was featured in the May list of resources in The Mennonite: “Benner shows that the  transformation of self is foundational to Christian spirituality.”

Christian Smith’s The  Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture was reviewed by Charlie Dean on his blog. “If you think deeply about faith, theology and particularly the Bible, you’ll really want to read this book – and better yet, discuss it with a few people.”

Nathaniel Claiborne reviewed Proverbs & Ecclesiastes (part of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series) by Daniel J. Treier on his blog.