Reading and reviewing books isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but there are times when even the most sanguine of mission bloggers gets overwhelmed – and this is one of those occasions. I was sent a pre-release copy of Flight: a history of mission aviation a few days ago on the understanding that I wouldn’t publish my review until today.
Let’s just say that this is a fantastic book; I know of no other book on mission aviation which combines an overarching narrative, an understanding of ethics and a detailed focus on the original cultural context.
Personally, I cannot think of any people better equipped to write an initial history of mission flying than Britains pre-eminent theological brothers, Chris and Tom Wright. I would highlight two chapters in particular as being worth the modest price of the book on their own; Chris Wright on People and Land-ing in Leviticus and Tom on Why Flight Is Not Exile. No student of mission can afford not to read these masterworks.
The book is published by Libris April-Poisson who assure me that it will be available this morning. However, they anticipate that demand will be high and that anyone who waits to buy a copy this afternoon will find themselves regretting their foolishness.
No theologians were hurt during the writing of this blog post.