With all the buzz on Twitter, I would love for this space to contain a review of Matthew Paul Turner’s Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever Growing Deity but alas, getting review books from Hachette Book Group is like pulling teeth and only once — with Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book which, by the way, is coming out in paperback in September — have I been successful. (I really wanted to review Rob Strong’s The Big Guy Upstairs so I could present my conspiracy theory that Strong is really Rob Bell; a theory I maintain despite the lack of physical resemblance…)
But I found it interesting who is on the list of review citations appearing at Ingram Book Company, the world’s largest book distributor. It’s certainly A-list, but it’s also a list of progressive writers who would be unlikely to say anything negative. (Not that they would; from what I hear the book is a must-read.)
Here’s a sample:
- Ed Cyzewski author, The Good News of Revelation and A Christian Survival Guide
- Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start
- Micha Boyett, Author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer
- Nish Weiseth, author of Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World
- Frank Schaeffer, author, And God Said, Billy!
- Peter Rollins
- A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically
- Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist
- Timothy Kurek, author of the bestselling book, The Cross in the Closet
Okay, so maybe I’m not quite in their league, but I’m not asking to be part of the print edition, I just want to review the book on the blog. Jericho Books, are you listening? Still, it’s interesting to see the omission of endorsements by Max Lucado, Jerry Jenkins or even Bill Gaither. (Does Bill read?)
Oh and by the way book marketing people, Peter Rollins looks really lame on this list, so I will say what the online product detail didn’t: Peter is the author of at least seven books and an unpublished PhD thesis that “offers a survey of religious thinking in the aftermath of Marx, Freud and Nietzsche. It engages directly with Martin Heidegger’s critique of onto-theology and explores the religious significance of Jacques Derrida’s post-structural theory and Jean-Luc Marion’s saturated phenomenology…” (Wikipedia) Hence the doctorate in “Post-Structural Theory.” But onto-theology is out of my league also.
And that’s just a sample of what my research department would provide Matthew Paul Turner if Hachette/Faithwords/Jericho wants to ante up with a print copy, mailed to my lavish executive offices (see yesterday’s post) in the next 72 hours.