recent reading

August 25, 2009 | 2 Comments

Aside from some of the publisher’s reviews I’ve been doing, I’ve not posted must about some of my recent reading. Here are a few books that I’ve read in the last few months that stand out:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
The choices we make as individuals have a greater impact on culture and creation than we usually recognize. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to what we eat. This book is a book well crafted words and startling realities about how our food industry has evolved in the last century. I was left with a hunger to eat differently and to read more of Pollan’s work.

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch
Sometimes I read a book that surfaces concepts and ideas I’ve been wrestling with, but never would have been able to state so well. Culture Making did that. The first third of the book was worth the purchase price, and offered the most helpful description of how Jesus followers should relate to their cultures that I have read.

Heaven is a Place on Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters to God, by Michael Wittmer
I have seen this book recommended by a few people I respect, including Rob Bell and JR Woodward. So, when I stumbled on it on a bargain shelf, I was happy. After reading it, I’m sad, because the bargain shelf is a good indicator that this book wasn’t widely read. Maybe it’s the trite and unappealing cover. Inside, the book is thoughtful throughout as it helps reconstruct a worldview that shows how everyday we live matters as much to God as any kind of eternity we might look forward to. I’m convinced that one of the most important concepts for the church to recover is a sense of vocation for all, and this book is good starting place.

  • Now I want to read The Ominvore’s Dilemma! I finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and loved it. In Defense of Food is another good Pollan read.

  • John,

    Great description of the different books. Glad you enjoyed Heaven is a Place on Earth, and I’m with you in being sad, if more people don’t read it. Maybe your mention will gather a few more readers. Take care bro.