This summer, Intersect contributors suggested their favorite books for your summer reading list. This week, as the summer winds down, we highlight a few of the books that we’ve reviewed here at Intersect.
God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say about Gender Identity?
by Andrew T. Walker (The Good Book Company, 2017)
Dennis Greeson: God and the Transgender Debate is a timely resource for Christians and their churches who desire to stand firm in faithful witness to God’s design for gender, all the while loving their neighbors with compassion and empathy. Walker succeeds in his vision of bringing God’s truth to bear on a debate which will continue to upend Western societies. What results is a useful primer that provides a well-informed and practical framework that affords a way through the storm. Read the full review.
A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World
by Katelyn Beaty (Howard Books, 2017)
Alysha Clark: A Woman’s Place is an excellent book, and I would encourage every woman to read it. However, this book is not only for women. Beaty challenges pastors, professors, employers and anyone who cares about women flourishing in their role as image bearers to read this book as well. Some of Beaty’s statements may push and pull at our assumptions and challenge our vision of the ideal life, but I think those challenges are necessary and appropriately broaden our view of kingdom work. Read the full review.
Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World
by Mike Cosper (InterVarsity Press, 2017)
Doug Ponder: Cosper’s book is wonderfully written and is genuinely moving in places. It is deeply insightful and aptly practical. On top of all this, the author reminds us that even the greatest “saints” of church history were people who never outgrew their need for the grace and mercy of Christ, and Cosper writes as a man who is keenly aware of his own unending need. Read the full review.
Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God
by Courtney Reissig (Crossway, 2017)
Brittany Salmon: Reissig is smart and compelling as she encourages us to view our work in the home for both the good of the world now and the good of the world to come (131). She points our eyes to loving our neighbor and reflecting God’s image as we work, bringing order out of chaos. This gives the homemaker an eternal purpose for the daily grind.
This book is designed for the homemaker who is in need of a robust theology of why she shouldn’t idolize her work nor neglect it, and I highly recommend this book for the stay-at-home mom who is wrestling with her identity in the home. Read the full review.
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
by Tony Reinke (Crossway, 2017)
Michael Guyer: Our digital habits are more ingrained in our lives than we realize. Changing them will not happen overnight or simply after reading one book. However, if you are looking for a great place to start, look no further than Reinke’s 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You. Reinke skillfully asks questions I have not thought to ask and exposes habits and temptations that I am only beginning to see as problems. Read the full review.
What books are you reading this summer?