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Rev. Dr. Robert Cornwall made a list of his Top 20 Religious Books of 2015. I am thrilled and excited to be on his list.

Thanks so much for the special shoutout of my book, Embracing the Other and his kind words.

Below is a repost from his website. See his list below:

For the past several years I have named a Best Book and then the remaining ten or so that I thought were worthy of top billing.  This year I’m doing it a bit differently.  I’m laying out my top twenty books (all religious) that I read and were published during 2015.

Most of these books were provided to me by the publisher for review. To them I give thanks.  Several of them especially challenged my thinking on matters theologically. Perhaps none more so than Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s Embracing the Other. Each book, however, is worth reading closely.  For each book you can follow the link to the original review.   I realize there are many other great books out there that I didn’t read, but here is my list — Alphabetically:


2. Walter Brueggemann. Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.(Westminster John Knox Press).

3. Diana Butler Bass. Grounded: Finding God in the World — A Spiritual Revolution. (Harper One).

4. Eric Elnes. Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and other Wanderers).(Abingdon Press).

5. Josh Graves. How Not to Kill a Muslim: A Manifesto of Hope for Christianity and Islam in North America. (Cascade Books).
6. Mike Graves. The Story of Narrative Preaching: Experience and Exposition. A Narrative. (Cascade Books).

7. Stanley Hauerwas. The Work of Theology. (Wm. B. Eerdmans).

8. Ronald Higdon. In Changing Times: A Guide for Reflection and Conversation. (Energion Publications).

Note:  I edited the series in which Ron’s book appears (the Academy of Parish Clergy’s Guides to Practical Ministry). While I didn’t write a review, I highly recommend this book that was targeted for interim ministers, but has a much wider application.

9. Sandhya Rani Jha. Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines. (Chalice Press.

10. Grace Ji-Sun Kim. Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love (Wm. B. Eerdmans).

11. Frits de Lange. Loving Later Life: An Ethics of Aging.  (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).

12. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre. A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love. (Wm. Be. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

13. Ruth A. Meyers. Missional Worship, Worshipful Mission: Gathering as God’s People, Going out in God’s Name. (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).  

14. Otis Moss III. Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair.(Westminster John Knox Press).

15. Thomas Jay Oord. Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence.(IVP Academic).

16. Amy Plantinga Pauw. Proverbs and Ecclesiastes (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible). (Westminster John Knox Press.

17. Leah Payne. Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century (Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies). (Macmillan Palgrave).

18. William H. Willimon. How Odd of God: Chosen for the Curious Vocation of Preaching.(Westminster John Knox Press).

19. Norman Wirzba. From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World. (Baker Academic).

20. Nicholas Wolterstorff. The God We Worship: An Exploration of Liturgical Theology. (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).

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photoDr. Robert Cornwall is  a Disciples of Christ pastor, church historian, and author.  He  currently serve as Pastor of  Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Troy, Michigan.  He has authored several books, as well as numerous articles and book reviews.  He is the current editor of Sharing the Practice (Academy of Parish Clergy) and among the books already published, He has five  books that have appeared with Energion Publications — Unfettered Spirit:  Spiritual Gifts for a New Great Awakening, Worshiping with Charles Darwin, Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord’s Prayer and Ephesians:  A Participatory Study Guide, and Faith in the Public Square (2012).  Dr. Cornwall is also editing a new series of books for the Academy of Parish Clergy entitled Conversations in Ministry.  For more on my books, see his Amazon Author Page:  amazon.com/author/robertcornwall. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, along with an M.Div. from Fuller and a B.S. degree from  Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR.