Cynwulf, a half-Viking, half-Saxon misfit, lives on the outskirts of his Anglo-Saxon community. When his battleaxe is found in a dead man's skull, he must clear his name or face the community's vengeance.
In a similar style to his other fiction, Douglas Bond takes us back in time to the early days of Christianity in Britain. This murder mystery will be of particular interest to Christian men and boys because of its action, setting, and Christian confession of faith.
How should Jewish Christians worship? Does Messianic Judaism let them blend faith in Jesus with Jewish practice? Baruch Maoz disagrees, offering a better way to retain Jewish cultural identity without losing fellowship with other Christians.
Maoz' book is a new edition of a book I long had on my personal "wish list," Judaism Is Not Jewish: A Friendly Critique of the Messianic Movement. This volume is a sadly necessary book because of the sometimes judaizing (think Galatians) tendencies of many parts of modern Messianic Judaism. Cases in point include near-exclusive insistence on Jewish forms of names and vocabulary and a less-than-only-occasional separatism of Jewish Christians from Gentile Christians.
I am Gentile. Still, I have an appreciation for shofarim, regularly wear a "Yeshua HaMashiach" ring, and had a summer 2012 Bible Class on Jesus in the Book of Isaiah. Showing the Christian-ness of the Hebrew Scriptures helps us see the unity of both Old and New Testaments and helps me explain the Jewish roots of Christianity and subtly deal with lingering elements of antisemitism.
Baruch Maoz blesses the one Church of Jesus Christ by encouraging Gentile and Jewish believers toward greater unity in teaching and practice.
Both volumes are available in electronic and print form (paperback).
I must admit that it is easy to forget electronic books, whether purchased ones or review copies. To aid my memory with something concrete, I use post-it notes on my kindle fire to remind me of longer-term projects and print off my "Received for Review" listings and put the paper reminder on my book shelf next to the physical books I also have to read, consider, and review.
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, Yellowstone Circuit Visitor (LCMS Wyoming District), a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.