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July 18, 2016
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Howdy, all!

In my sermon yesterday, I quoted from Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit and recommended the book. I usually recommend books that I quote from, even if they contain content that I and my congregants might disagree with. The frequent quotes and recommendations prompt a question I’m asked almost every week, “What are you currently reading?” I love this question, but frequently forget to provide a reading list … my brain gets pretty scattered on Sundays. Fortunately, someone reminded me to put out a list, so here we go …

I usually have a list for each season, so this will be the list for summer 2016

Books-bookshelf-person-head-540wDISCLAIMER: It is important to understand that just because a book is listed in my reading list does NOT mean that I agree with or endorse the content. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to chase down a rumor about some heretical thought attributed to me and find that it all started because someone assumed a book I was reading on a topic represented my position on that topic. I read widely. I deliberately and often read authors that challenge my beliefs, and I believe our best thinking can develop when all of us do the same. So, keep in mind that a book listed is not a perspective endorsed.

Ok, here’s the list for summer 2016 (bold means I’ve finished it)

11.22.63 – Stephen King

Strong and Weak – Andy Crouch

Good Faith – Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion – John Wilsey

Jesus Before the Gospels – Bart Ehrman

Unoffendable – Brant Hansen

People to be Loved – Preston Sprinkle

Metaphors We Live By – George Lakoff

The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders – Gregg Frazer

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling

 

Here’s what I plan to read in the fall of 2016

Mon2015-05-18-capitol-hill-books-0118editsters in America – W. Scott Poole

Us versus Us: Religion and the LGBTQ Community – Andrew Marin

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World – Scott Laurence

Next Door as It Is in Heaven: Living Out God’s Kingdom in Your Neighborhood – Lance Ford and Brad Brisco

Was America Founded As a Christian Nation? – John Fea

One Nation Under God? – John Wilsey

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit – James K.A. Smith

The Bad Habits of Jesus – Leonard Sweet

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

One Comment

  1. These are good lists! I especially enjoyed “11-22-63” by KIng and “When Breath Becomes Air” by Kalanithi. I do like Bart Ehrman and have read “Misquoting Jesus”….interesting that he is a Moody and Wheaton Alumnus. So I will be interested to read “Jesus Before The Gospels”
    A couple I recently have read are “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” and “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time” by Marcus J. Borg. I also am enjoying “New Seeds of Contemplation” by Thomas Merton.
    One of my favorites is “The Mystery of Christ, and Why We Don’t Get It” by Robert Farrar Capon.
    And I also liked “The Great Dance” by Dr. C. Baxter Kruger.
    Anyway…I will look into some of the books on your list.
    Thanks again!!!!

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