Reading Material by my bed...
God in Search of Man was a gift given to me by someone in my congregation who's moving away. Abraham Heschel is author, and it's the first book I've read of his. He's a Jewish scholar, and the book is both weighty and deeply appropriate in this day of postmodern skepticism, for it's really dealing with the intersection of philosophy and religion. Here's a word from early in the book:
"The criticism of reason, the challenge, and the doubts of the unbeliever may, therefore, be more helpful to the integrity of faith than the simple reliance on one's own faith." In other words, our critics are our best friends, and we absolutely must have the courage to listen with both humility and discernment. After all, if it's truth that we're after, what do we fear?
The 2nd book is by a favorite author of mine, Bill McKibben. I discovered him by picking up an early book of his at one of those cheap bookstores. Finding his style enjoyable, I began reading other works of his, and have found his faith/ecology/economics trinity of passions to mirror my own in many ways. His latest book, Deep Economy, is his best work yet, challenging our philosophical commitments to unlimited economic expansion, and casting a vision for a far healthier alternative.
Always looking for a good read, I ask the question... what are reading these days?