In her book, If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission, Jo Piazza profiles ten nuns and the causes to which they have dedicated their lives. Her primary goal is to show how badass nuns are, and spends about twenty pages on each woman’s story to do so. In a sense, she succeeds.
The Catacombs of Rome by Fabrizio Mancinelli is an exploration of a number of burial sites around the city of Rome. It features a large number of photos of artwork from the third through fifth centuries that depict a wide variety of Biblical events. Even though the book is only 64 pages in length, it contains an impressive 120 images.
Blasphemy, by Asia Bibi, is the memoir of a Catholic woman who was sentenced to death over a cup of water. It tells the story of a simple, illiterate farmer's daughter who was accused of blaspheming against Mohammed and the religion of Islam. This book records what led up to her imprisonment, the first two years of her terrible treatment, and attempts to free her.
Sometimes it is necessary to be rebuked in order to see our faults. This correction can help us move toward change that results in us being more like Christ. As I reflect on Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris, that is the concept that comes to mind. Despite its small size, it can make an impressive impact on the reader. In some ways it did for me.
Daily Life at the time of Jesus by Miriam Vamosh presents a rich overview of the culture and circumstances in which the Lord walked the earth. It discusses many aspects of Jewish life in the first century and features a large number of images and illustrations. It does an excellent job of presenting a brief overview of many things that would have been second nature to Jesus' hearers, but are foreign to us.
How to Lead Small Group Bible Studies by The Navigators is a small, straightforward book that is easily read. It is made up of 16 chapters, and sets out to do exactly what its cover says in just 71 pages. It has no introduction, no preface, and simply guides the reader through leading small group Bible studies.
The last words of Jesus are among the most important ever spoken. People have pondered them for nearly 2000 years. Many have discussed and studied them. Others have reflected on them in their own hearts. In Final Words From the Cross, Adam Hamilton shares some of his thoughts about these amazing statements of the Lord.
A couple of weeks ago I read Final Words From the Cross by Adam Hamilton. One of the strongest points he makes is where he describes Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. After reading it, I was stunned, and actually stopped reading the book for a few moments before rereading the section again. I knew that I had to write a post about his thoughts.