Adventist Books of 2018


(Spectrumbot) #1

A variety of issues and challenges have risen to the top this year in Adventism, and the diverse collection of books published in 2018 reflect that tension. From three titles on Last Generation Theology, to a guide for families with LGBT+ loved ones, from books discussing racism and social justice, to a look at what it means to be an “authentic” Adventist, here we round up 10 books that were published in 2018.

1. End-Time Events and the Last Generation: The Explosive 1950s by George R. Knight

2. God’s Character and the Last Generation edited by Jiří Moskala and John C. Peckham

3. In All Humility: Saying No to Last Generation Theology by Reinder Bruinsma

Last Generation Theology has seen a resurgence in recent years, so much so that three books tackled the topic in 2018. As Reinder Bruinsma wrote in his review of these titles, “Last Generation Theology has not gone unchallenged by theologians and church leaders in past decades, but it seems that presently the dangers of this alternative theology are evoking stronger reactions from different quarters than we have seen so far.”

See:

Speaking Out Against Last Generation Theology

God’s Character and the Last Generation: An Interview with Dr. Jiří Moskala

End-Time Events and the Last Generation: An Interview with Dr. George Knight

4. The Healthiest People on Earth: Your Guide to Living 10 Years Longer with Adventist Family Secrets and Plant-Based Recipes by John Howard Weeks

John Howard Weeks, great-great grandson of Ellen G. White, discusses his personal journey away from and back to an Adventist lifestyle. In her review of this book for Spectrum, registered dietician Vicki Saunders wrote, “Weeks has turned his personal experience and his writing skills into a book that will hopefully motivate others to make some of the same changes that he did.”

See:

Book Review: The Healthiest People on Earth

5. Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones: For Adventist Families, Ministry Leaders, and All Who Care by Bill Henson

This 71-page booklet from the North American Division “provides the most compassionate response to LGBT+ Adventists ever published by the denomination while still maintaining the church’s position” wrote Dave Ferguson, director of Church Relations for Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, in his review. The booklet, which is free from Advent Source, offers common questions and appropriate responses, principles and guidelines for healthy dialogue, and a glossary of LGBT+ terms.

See:

Book Review: Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones

6. Extreme Walking: Extrabiblical Books and the Bible by Tom de Bruin

Tom de Bruin, lecturer in New Testament Exegesis and Early Christian Literature at Newbold College, takes readers on a journey through the Pseudepigrapha in his latest book. In his review for Spectrum, Yale Divinity student Matthew J. Korpman wrote, “de Bruin must be thanked and congratulated for providing such a wonderful tool for the classroom as well as the many curious Christians who wish to walk off the beaten trail and discover wonderful new things in Scripture’s sacred pages.”

See:

Book Review: Extreme Walking

7. Protest & Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity by Calvin B. Rock

In this landmark book on race relations in the Adventist Church, Calvin B. Rock, former president of Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) and retired General Conference vice president, gives an overview of the history of four major Black Adventist leadership protest movements, as well as his participation in several of the events that took place. In her review for Spectrum, Andrews University and Theological Seminary student Danielle M. Barnard wrote, “Black Adventists who read this book will be invigorated by the history of ‘black pioneers’ within the denomination. Other Adventists would also be fascinated by this skilled retelling and amazed at how Black Seventh-day Adventism developed in spite of significant challenges….this book is a necessary read for all Seventh-day Adventists.”

See:

Book Review: Protest and Progress

8. Engage: Faith that Matters by Nathan Brown

In this collection of essays, Nathan Brown, prolific writer and Book Editor for Signs Publishing Company, discusses social justice in a biblical and Adventist context. In his interview with Alita Byrd for Spectrum, Brown said, this “collection of essays…reflects some of my experiences and studies…as well as some responses to issues in our church and our world during this time.”

See:

“If Our Faith Doesn’t Change Things, It Doesn’t Really Matter”

9. The Blind Dream-Chaser: The Secret to Realizing Your Deepest Desires by Raymond McAllister

Ray McAllister is the first totally blind person to earn a doctorate in Hebrew Bible, and won the National Federation of the Blind’s Jacob Bolotin Award — considered by many as the Nobel Prize in blindness — for his work on making biblical languages fully accessible to the blind. In this memoir, he chronicles his journey toward realizing his dreams. “Besides the facts of Ray's unusual adventures, which he tells with a great deal of honesty and openness, he concludes each chapter with a poem. Ray depicts his journey not only by telling stories, he also gives the reader a deep and generous insight into his emotional and Christian-spiritual life during his experiences, making this book a practical guide for how to find richness and enjoyment in life despite seemingly insurmountable hindrances,” writes the publisher (Flanko Press).

Read selected excerpts of McAllister’s book for free here.

Read a 2017 Spectrum interview with Ray McAllister here.

10. Authentic Adventism by William G. Johnsson

William G. Johnsson, retired long-time editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World, described his latest book as “my heart cry over what I see and hear in the Adventist family.” In an interview about the book at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, he discussed what an authentic Adventist looks like: “One who follows the life and teachings of Jesus.” He added, “It’s only about Jesus. There isn’t anything else to talk about.”

See:

A Candid Conversation with Bill Johnsson

Two Women, Two Seats: An Excerpt from Bill Johnsson’s “Authentic Adventism”

Tell us a book you read this year (whether published in 2018 or before) that made an impact on your life. Or, what’s a long-time favorite that you keep coming back to? Is there an author you’d like us to interview or a book you want us to review in 2019? Let us know in the comments below. If you appreciate the books we highlight throughout the year, please consider giving to support Spectrum. As a non-profit news organization, every gift helps us provide you with the content you value.

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

Alisa Williams is managing editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.

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(Steve Mga) #2

On Adventist comments on this and other places, GUIDING FAMILIES was not
well received by many. Were hostile to the fact that it was mostly materials that
were put out by non-SDAs, and only a couple pages had SDA material on it.
I believe this hostility was due to the SDA Teaching of Hostility toward GL’s irregardless
of WHOSE family member it would be, even one’s own.
GL’s have been classified as GROSS SINNERS, unrepentant sinners, and
sinners who REFUSE to repent, and REFORM themselves into Heterosexuals.
This mind set has also been repeatedly been indoctrinated by a group of persons
claiming to no longer be Homosexual – male and females. And proclaim that anyone
can claim the Victory that “they have had.” These persons have been paid to go on
speaking tours to voice their Victory, even to the event in South Africa.
On the other hand, ANY request for Seventh-Gay Adventist persons to speak at the
same events, even in South Africa, has repeatedly been denied.

I would be curious as to how many were sold from the North American Division. As they
were not cheap. I made a purchase so I could evaluate it. And it is very good.
But it DOES GO AGAINST the church teachings of being tolerant to anyone who senses
that they are not heterosexual. And there is a sense of disappointment in some that the
NAD would put out such a publication.


(Steve Mga) #3

Anyone who would read the following will be blessed.
The prayers of Tobit.
The history of what it means to go into exile by fierce nations is
told in Judith. We can relate it to our own times. WWI, WWII,
the annihilation of many peoples in the 20th Century, 21st Century.
But then it closes with singing to God a new song.
Esther – additional chapters of the history surrounding Vashti, the
king, Esther, Mordecai,Haman, and the bringing of the story to the
Jews in Egypt.
The Wisdom of Solomon – gives good advice, warning, and training
for the development of Character. Well worth the read as an addition
to Proverbs, Ecclesiastes.
Sirach is another who provides sound advice for Character, for living
in the modern world, even though it is over 2000 years since first written.
Baruch was a prophet, did a prophet’s work toward the exiles in Babylon.
The Song of The Three and the Prayer of Azariah would be good to add
to the readings one does at Evening Worship.


(Alice C ) #4

So many evangelical Christians, including too many SDAs, have difficulty differentiating between homosexual behavior and homosexual orientation. Plus, too many don’t understand that sometimes biological gender isn’t clear. The frequent disdain for science doesn’t help–too many people don’t believe science has anything to offer in understanding differences among humans.


(Frank Peacham) #5

Many good books here to read. I wish they had a wider appeal to the general public. I doubt in the church I attend, that there is anyone that has read one of these books. Copies sold no doubt are very low. I wish there was a way these books could be made available as e-books, for short term loans, in every congregation world-wide. Here’s an idea:

Church Bulletin: These e-books books are available, only this Sabbath during church hours, to be downloaded. Attend after church pot-luck for book discussion, led by the Pastor. If you like what you read, leave a donation if you can. Read a book and join the fun in exploring faith for today and tomorrow.

The Sabbath School lessons are written at such a low educational level that Scriptures are not studied in a serious manner. If feel they are being prepared as the choreographed Watch Tower. Questions are never asked that would demand conflicting thoughts or ideas. Afterwards everyone tosses the quarterly in the trash due to its lack of memorial content. Is that not true?


(George Tichy) #6

Steve,
The horrific, stone-age-kind of bias against non-Adventist writings is astonishing. :astonished: Talk about SECTARISM!!!

The book GUIDING FAMILIES is extremely helpful. I got one for free from the SECC without even asking for it. I understand that the NAD had 10,000 printed. The SECC bought 1,000 of them to basically distribute to pastors, teachers, and even to some heretics as myself… :innocent:

Very good material, extremely helpful for those who have to deal with the issue in their families, or churches, or schools.

Regarding the fact that the book “was not well received by many,” well… who cares? It’s time to just ignore those people who are completely biased and who decide to remain uneducated on the subject. Those are people who choose to stand at the bus stop forever, waiting for a bus but not getting in any one of them that arrives. The buses cannot wait for them to decide to get in, they have to leave the stop, leaving those people behind. Who loses??? It’s obvious…


(George Tichy) #7

Exactly! It’s mind bobbling seeing how many people have no clue about the difference between nature and nurture regarding homosexual issues. Ignorance is, indeed, a major problem in our society - our Church included.


(George Tichy) #8

I am very pleased seeing that many books were written targeting the LGT HERESY. Thus exposing the fallacy of this dangerous teaching.

I hope Ted Wilson, himself a confessed LGTarian, will read at least one of them. Though we know that, unlike his father, he does not read much outside of the SOP. Therefore, the chances that he will get any substantial education about the fallacy of the LGT HERESY are slim.


(George Tichy) #9

TO ALL SPECTRUMITES!

This is my last chance to, still in 2018, wish you all a very

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Same to Donald Trump! I wish he spends 100% of his time playing golf, leaving the US Presidency alone… LOL