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I disliked this book. It presented the way that I experience and think of the Divine in such an irritating manner that it half convinced me that my hard-won understanding of God is New Age woowoo. Some of this book was New Age woowoo. Some of it was potentially very useful, but I am not sure that I care to wade back in to sort out the wheat from the chaff. The author is addicted to exclamation marks and gender essentialism, and, while projecting a (probably genuine) aura of love and tolerance, conveys the idea that anyone who disagrees with him is unenlightened.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8017707/
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I picked this one up on a whim from a library discard stall some time ago, and have only just got round to reading it. While I'm not really the target audience (Linney often talks about 'we evangelicals') this resonated very much with how my faith has developed, both intuitively and through learning, over the past few years.

Linney stresses above all the importance of engagement with the world and with the people in it. He rejects the idea that the 'world' and non-believers are inherently corrupting, and also the notion that the Christian's first priority upon meeting a non-Christian should be to convert them to Christianity. Instead, he advocates meeting people where they are and trying to understand where they are coming from. (Not rocket science, you'd think, but there you go...)

On the whole, this is pretty sensible stuff, and there's very little that I'd disagree with. Obviously I would prefer a little less namby-pambying around in the homosexuality chapter; and it does feel very odd to see masculine pronouns used of the Holy Spirit. Those are minor complaints, though; there was nothing that made me want to hurl the book out of a window, and that's very good going for an evangelical work.

Nothing new here, but a reassuring affirmation of where I've got to so far.

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