Books


Onward and upward! But first, a rest. 1

Last week I announced that I am stepping down as dean of the Schreyer Honors College, a position I have held for the last 10 years. It has been an incredible experience and I have grown in so many ways. I will be forever thankful for this community. Below is the letter I posted on the honors college blog. Penn State has and will continue to be our home, no matter where the road leads us in the […]


Dorothy L Sayers portrait by William Oliphant Hutchison for National Portrait Gallery ca. 1950

Why do angels dance on the head of a pin?

Earlier today I was listing my suggestions for summer reading and also commending the Dorothy L. Sayers essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” when I remembered this wonderful passage in that essay. Worth sharing again. A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once entertained his audience (and reduced the late Charles Williams to helpless rage) by asserting that in the Middle Ages it was a matter of faith to know how many archangels could dance […]


The Unlikely Missionary eBook now available!

My wife’s novel The Unlikely Missionary is now available as an ebook! It is only $1.99 and available now in the following formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt. It will soon be available on Apple iBooks and Sony stores too, but you can read the epub version in iBooks now, just download directly from Smashwords. You can even download a free sample first if you like. The blurb: Sorority girl finds God and answers call […]


The danger of praying in high places

From The Hammer of God by G. K. Chesterton. “I think there is something rather dangerous about standing on these high places even to pray,” said Father Brown. “Heights were made to be looked at, not to be looked from.” “Do you mean that one may fall over,” asked Wilfred. “I mean that one’s soul may fall if one’s body doesn’t,” said the other priest. “I scarcely understand you,” remarked Bohun indistinctly. “Look at that […]


Eighth Annual Ralphies are up!

My friend and colleague Ed Cook is the author of Ralph the Sacred River and the Eighth Annual Ralphies are up! Go and see what his picks for books, music, and movies are this year. As usual, I do not feel that I have much to offer in terms of top reading, listening, and viewing, but I will give it a go anyway. In terms of music, one year I said that I had stumbled across The Shins and was told […]


HarperCollins eBook Promotion

Most of my readers have already seen this announcement, but it is worth sharing widely. I have purchased several of these myself. They are available in almost all eBook formats: iBookstore, Kindle, Google, Nook, and Kobo. To celebrate the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual conference in HarperOne’s hometown of San Francisco—we’ve put together a special eBook promotion. So, load up on your reading for the plane! Even if you can’t attend the conference, you […]


New Book: Great is Thy Faithfulness?

Months ago I wrote that the proofs were in and now it is all ready, just in time for SBL. The book is Great Is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture and was edited by Robin Parry and Heath Thomas. For anyone wanting to do work in Lamentations and its interpretation this is going to be a must first read (well, after you read Lamentations itself, that is). Yours truly contributed the bits about the Targum of Lamentations and […]


New Book: Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant by Jeremy Schipper 1

I am very pleased to announce a new book by friend and colleague Jeremy Schipper. Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant is coming being published by OUP and is even reasonably priced! (Just $27.95.) I am sure I will be picking up a copy at SBL. Description Although disability imagery is ubiquitous in the Hebrew Bible, characters with disabilities are not. The presence of the former does not guarantee the presence of the later. While interpreters […]


Free ebook: The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

An old roommate (that is, we were roommates long ago, not that he is old now, well, we are older) sent me this link. I don’t know anything about Carolyn James and it appears to be very much a Christian devotional work, but if Zondervan is making it available for free who am I to not download it? The link is at the bottom of the blurb. This isnt the Ruth, the Naomi, or the […]