recent reading

May 10, 2007

I haven’t posted reviews of anything I’ve been reading in quite a while. I have a few books that I want to devote a full post to, but these are some notable books that I thought were at least worth a recommendation:

Exclusion and Embrace, by Miroslav Volf
This book is probably one of the most important theological reflections of the last few decades. I read through it in a few weeks for a class. I know there is far more to it than I was able to fully digest, but the parts that stuck with me were profound. Definitely worth another read…

Silence, by Shusaku Endo
Read this next time you are in the mood for a novel. It’s translated from Japanese, but the writing is still beautiful in its descriptions. The story is haunting and is being made into a film to Francis Ford Coppola. Like most movies, I’d suggest you read the book first.

Affluenza, by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor
I mostly read this book for a teaching I did at Pathways, but the content was intriguing. The presentation is fun without minimizing the serious message of the book. It would serve as a good introduction to anyone wanting to explore the effects of our consumer-driven and unsustainable culture.

Sex God, by Rob Bell
Rob continues to be a fresh voice for the church. The style of writing here is once again pretty simple to read through, but some of the thinking behind it deserves some time for processing.

The Last Week, by Marcus Borg and JD Crossan
Borg and Crossan have gained enough noteriety that I wonder if they just wrote this book knowing that it would sell based on subject matter and their names. The book was only average for me, but a few highlights made it worthwhile. The highest point was the chapter on Palm Sunday, which Mike Devries blogged about here.

Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner
The title of this book is unfortunately trite, and does not do justice to the words tucked inside. This memoir of the author’s journey from Judaism to Christianity is both emotive and intelligent.

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