Some Fall Reading

November 15, 2010

I’ve fallen behind in posting some book reviews this fall. But, I’ve read a number of books that are worth a mention:

Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism, by James KA Smith
What Would Jesus Deconstruct?, by John Caputo
These are the first two books in a series called The Church and Postmodern Culture, which I’d like to work my way through. (I believe three others have been published so far.) They are written by academics at the popular level to offer an introduction to what to offer an introduction to what the church might look like within the changing postmodern culture.

Practice Resurrection, by Eugene Peterson
My favorite Eugene Peterson book, which works its way through the letter to the Ephesians. I read this alongside our Ephesians series in Austin Mustard Seed and it brought great depth to the text and our discussions.

Finding Our Way, by Margaret Wheatley
This was a recommended text in one of my final Mars Hill Grad School classes. It caught my eye at the time, and two years later I got around to reading it. One of the more helpful books I’ve read on understanding leadership of a community as a living organism rather than a tuned machine. The first half was more helpful that the second. was more helpful that the second.

When the Church Was a Family, by Joseph Hellerman
A fantastic book that helped form and shape much of what I’ve already been thinking about how I would hope Austin Mustard Seed would look. I have a brief review going up on the PlantR blog later this week.

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
This will certainly end up on my favorites of the year list. I’m convinced that developing a theology of food is one of the most important task for the church in the next decade, with both local and global implications. It’s only $6.49 on Amazon right now, and that is $6.49 well invested.

Jesus, by Marcus Borg
If you followed the Jesus Seminar, then you might think of Marcus Bork as the conservative voice, but if you are evangelical, you might think of him as a liberal. I find him to offer helpful and challenging perspectives, even if I don’t agree with him on some major issues.

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