Books & Essays

Some ideas require more than a blog post to properly convey.  For such ideas, essays and even books are useful mechanisms.  Since I am not interested in selling books (see my brief bio for a little more explanation), even these longer writings are placed on my blog sites in their complete form.

Below are the books, essays, and other long-than-a-blog-post writings available on my blog sites.  (Regarding the word counts, dividing by 250 will give you a rough approximation of how many pages in a book that number of words would produce.)


I’ve put all the information about my books here.


Essays on the Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven – (This series of 21 essays was originally written as book chapters and can be considered a sequel to The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven; these essays can be read individually and out of order but provide more meaning if read in order; in total they amount to just over 33,500 words, with an average length about 1,600 words for each essay/chapter; the actual word count of each is given below)


Some posts are written as part of a series, such that together they make known an integrated theme which can be found in the Scriptures.


A Review of Thom Stark’s The Human Faces of God – (just over 19,000 words in all; the title is self-explanatory; there is a separate installment for each of his ten chapters, plus an introduction and a conclusion – that is, 12 segments with an average word count of about 1,600 words for each)

All other book reviews I have written are one-post in length and can be found among those here or by clicking on the “Book Reviews” category in the column on the right-hand side of the page.  (Either click produces the same result.)  Note that I have only authored a few of these many book reviews.

2 Replies to “Books & Essays”

  1. Would you be willing to review my new book, published on Amazon? Also, I would appreciate advice on publishing on Amazon/Creatspace. I don’t care about making money but the book is currently priced at $9.99. Suggestions?

    The book is “Walking Blind, and Other Essays on Biblical Texts.”

    I am Robert L. Canfield, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis.
    “In this collage of essays he examines passages of the Bible that have informed his understanding of himself and his life and career. Its narratives, proclamations, examples, enjoinders, claims and promises have shaped his priorities, thoughts, and concerns and so affected his approach to the deep questions that on a subliminal level vex all of us. In these Biblical passages he finds grounds for reflection into the nature of the human condition, the origins of the Christian movement, the practice of authentic faith (which requires creativity), the social implications of belief in Christ, the threats to the earth’s ecosystem, and the wonder of the cosmos. Some of the passages examined here have received little notice in Christian circles.
    The chapters examine various texts in order to comment on diverse subjects: what Christianity is, rejection of slavery implied in two letters written by Paul, the relation of envy and cowardice in public situations, the resurrection of Christ, suicide, political abuses of religious zeal, ways to live “non-religiously,” Peter’s insight into the state of those who have “never heard”, the life of faith in an unpredictable world, the importance of prophetic social critique, the authority and significance of “twelve Jewish men” in the advance of the Christian movement, the marvel of the cosmos and nature’s works, and, finally, a curious prediction of climate change.”

  2. Robert,

    I can’t afford the time to review your book; however, I did read your Amazon listing, including the beginning pages of the book. Your book sounds interesting, and you write with a pleasant, enjoyable, and even elegant style. I was especially pleased to hear that you lived your faith for so many years at Wash U, as my family and I lived in St. Louis from 1979 to 1994 and loved the city very, very much. We didn’t have much direct interaction with the school, but knew it as an important institution to the city.

    I appreciate the tone of your opening essay, and share your appreciation for Titus 2:11-14. It is indeed chock-full of important truth.

    By the way, regarding the Second Coming of Christ, I believe it has already occurred and have written a book making a biblical case for this conviction. If you would be willing to consider this possibility, you can find the book here.

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