Pastoral Musings from Rain City

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Friday, December 26, 2008

reading... and honoring

I hope your Christmas was meaningful, and hope that the coming year finds you seeking growth by doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God, for this is what it means to live fully.

On the reading side of things, I'm thinking back in this post, on some of the best books I've read in the past year, in no particular order:

Deep Economy
- if you'd like to catch a vision for an economic model that is different than the one that's gotten us into the deep mess of this moment, you ought to read this. McKibben casts a vision for more localized economies, a vision that leads to ecological sustainability and better balanced lives in the process.

The Faith of Barack Obama - if you're interested in the man who will soon be our next president, read this. A chapter called "Four Faces of Faith" traces the spiritual biographies of Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and John McCain. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking the Resurrection - This book is a little weighty, and I surely don't agree with all of it, but Wright's material challenges a lot of conventional wisdom regarding the nature of our resurrection and the new world God has planned for us.

Sophie Scholl - My newest in a growing list of heroes, Sophie and her brother lived fully, courageously, and creatively as they challenged the Nazi regime, at cost of their lives. The book reads, for the most part, as a historical novel, though there are a couple of sections that go deeper into history and theology than some might like.

Letters from Prison - Bonhoeffer's final thoughts, captures in letters to family and friends before his execution by the Reich, I'm impressed by the thoughtfulness, integrity, and joy that Bonhoeffer demonstrated right up until his execution. His example encourages and inspires me.

Bird by Bird - if you're interested in writing, this materiel by Annie Lamott should be on your shelf. Funny. Though provoking. Exemplary writing.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
- Tim Keller. All of us have questions about suffering, hell, the Bible, the exclusivity of Christ, and more. Keller's book deals with each question thoughtfully.

If you've read a good book in 2008 that you'd like to recommend, please leave a comment.

On another subject, if you don't here from me in the next few days, some health issues with my mom might well be occupying me to the point where I won't be able to write. I'll be grateful for your prayers on her behalf as she faces the challenges and changes that come with aging, and will certainly try to post by Monday



At 27/12/08 15:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be Praying for you.Thank you for your insights.

At 27/12/08 19:26, Blogger Patrick said...

Hey if you ever want to talk about surprised by hope, let me know!

At 28/12/08 20:50, Blogger Patrick said...

Also, you and your mom are in Lindsay and my thoughts and prayers during this time.

At 29/12/08 13:18, Blogger Joanie said...

Praying for you, the family and especially dear "Grandma Nadine" ~ she's been such a precious blessing in my own life over the years...

Book recommendation!

Rich Mullins: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven

This book has challenged my faith like no other (well, other than the Bible itself). His life, his story, his faith ~ so in love with Jesus... My own view on life and faith shall never be the same AND I'm glad of it! A must read...

At 1/1/09 11:38, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Richard, long time no talk to! I read a really good book over the last month called "Thou Shalt Not Love - What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays" by Patrick Chapman, a Christian anthropologist from Olympia. It's one of the better books I've read on the subject of homosexuality and Christianity. If yu have time in your already busy schedule to read something on that subject I'd certainly recommend it. - Roy

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