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Russ Ramsey. IVP, $16 trade paper (160p) ISBN 978-0-8308-4494-4

In this intriguing memoir, Presbyterian pastor Ramsey (Behold the Lamb of God) delves into what happened to his faith when his body began to fail. Three days before he turned 40, doctors told Ramsey that a bacterial infection had destroyed his mitral valve and he was in the early stages of heart failure. He committed to paying attention to all the experiences the journey would bring. Ramsey details the spiritual lessons he found in his ordeal, the distance he sometimes felt from God, and the ways in which he found himself reassuring loved ones who often took his affliction harder than he did himself. Ramsey isn’t afraid to embrace hard topics honestly, asking “What sort of faith could I honestly claim if I required the God I believed in to do only what made sense to this earthbound creature?” He is also endearingly vulnerable and humorous in describing the fallout of his affliction, such as when he vented an unexpected and unbidden string of profanity in response to a neurological miscue. This candid and compassionate set of reflections on suffering will appeal widely. (Mar.)

Reviewed on 02/03/2017 | Details & Permalink

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Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk

Michelle DeRusha. Baker, $19.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-8010-1910-4

Timed to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, DeRusha (50 Women Every Christian Should Know) paints a portrait of Katharina von Bora and Martin Luther’s marriage that is easily readable but lacks both depth and quality of research. DeRusha adopts a conversational style, interleaving her chapters with imaginative reconstructions of historical events. She proceeds in a chronological fashion, talking alternately about von Bora and Luther until their marriage; after that point, she discusses the couple and their children as a family unit. The author admits in her preface that she relied mostly on English-language sources, a particularly problematic approach given that von Bora’s life is not very well documented in any language, particularly in English. DeRusha refers freely and frequently to other historians but makes little attempt to bring their work together in a synthetic or analytic fashion. DeRusha’s book would be best read alongside more comprehensive works. (Jan.)

Reviewed on 02/03/2017 | Details & Permalink

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Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let’s Talk Tarot

Melissa Cynova. Llewellyn, $16.99 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-0-7387-5077-4

In an upbeat, conversational style, Cynova’s debut explores the fascinating study of tarot card reading, describing the practice as a form of storytelling. The first few chapters discuss the author’s background, the ethics of reading, and the most user-friendly decks for beginners. The remainder of the book, which is much more interesting, focuses on the eclectic images on the cards and what they represent. The book is aimed at beginners, but experts will also find that it deepens their understanding of the varied images. Cynova does a great job of explaining the intriguing meanings of the cards as well as their alternate interpretations. Readers will immerse themselves in the fascinating visuals as they challenge themselves to decipher the cards’ difficult and somewhat confusing contexts. Those new to tarot reading may feel perplexed by the numerous and peculiar images and the slew of card decks to choose from; however, the author asserts that delving into tarot should be fun—particularly for the uninitiated. This informative and entertaining guide is sure to be popular with anyone interested in discovering tarot. (Apr.)

Reviewed on 02/03/2017 | Details & Permalink

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You Carried Me

Melissa Ohden. Plough, $19.99 (184p) ISBN 978-0-87486-788-6

Ohden’s straightforward and courageous memoir revolves around her efforts to find her birth parents and understand her identity after discovering at age 14 that she survived a late-term abortion. She was raised in a loving, religious, and economically pinched family in rural and small-town Iowa, and her faith and love of family inform her reactions to her situation and journey. She explores her political activism, which grew organically but was helped along by the negative reaction she received in college and beyond to her story and her pro-life feminism. Occasionally she jumps to conclusions that seem to validate her political beliefs, and at times she takes an extreme position, but her writing generally offers a stridency formed from deep conviction. Readers of all stripes will feel compassion for the circumstances of her birth, her embarrassment and shame, and her self-harming behaviors. Her biological parents’ tragic narrative and her own miscarriage are among the book’s most poignant moments; others who have miscarried will recognize her reactions. Equally touching are the relationships she forges with the biological relatives who weren’t involved in her birth mother’s decision to attempt to end her pregnancy. Ohden’s beautifully open book is unlikely to change minds on either side of the abortion debate, but it does personalize that debate in a unique way. (Jan.)

Reviewed on 02/03/2017 | Details & Permalink

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The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers

Scott Edelstein. Wisdom, $15.95 trade paper (182p) ISBN 978-0-86171-610-4

In this short handbook, Edelstein (Sex and the Spiritual Teacher) guides readers through choosing and working with spiritual teachers. Drawing on his four decades of experience working with spiritual teachers as an editor and agent as well as a student, Edelstein addresses a surprisingly wide range of topics to help readers make the most of their relationships with spiritual teachers. Practical matters such as how to assess a teacher’s reputation and credentials, respond to eccentricities and mistakes, and identify boundaries are interwoven with broader issues such as the tendency to idealize spiritual teachers and the potential for teachers to abuse their role. Emphasizing the human fallibility of all spiritual teachers, Edelstein encourages “discernment,” urging students to proceed slowly before acting and to pay attention to the reactions of mind, body, and heart in judging whether a spiritual teacher is a good fit. He notes red flags for teacher behavior that should lead a student to end the relationship without delay. Edelstein’s guidance is largely sound, helpful, and wise, but and of his own advice he says, “Accept what feels wholesome, right, and useful—and set aside what doesn’t.” Throughout, the author emphasizes the inescapable uncertainty of the human journey and the ways that spiritual teachers can—and can’t—help with this fundamental dilemma. Edelstein’s list of resources is slight, but a short appendix, “When You’re the New Kid at the Spiritual Center,” provides useful tips for those awkward first visits to an unfamiliar community. (Mar.)

Reviewed on 02/03/2017 | Details & Permalink

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