Summer Reading List

Hello friends!

Man, I think I literally had to dust off the J-Blog when I opened up my computer today! Sorry for the long delay between posts!

There's a lot that's going to be coming our way. Depending on the internet connection, there may or may not be some posts coming your way from Malawi when the team heads over there next week. Of course, your prayers are appreciated. I'm also working on a few projects that might require J-Blog input, so we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, I've started a summer reading list for myself, and I thought I'd share what I'm planning on working through and seeing if any of you are working through these books with me.

1. Falling Upward, Richard Rohr
I'm already most of the way through this book. It's a really good read! My iPad is getting sort of cranky with me for all the highlighting I've done, but there are a lot of lines that I'm looking to pull for upcoming sermons. I'll have a full review when I finish the full text.

2. Quitter, Jon Acuff
I don't really have any desire to quit my job at all, but anything that encourages people to be dreamers is alright in my book. Plus, Jon Acuff is an absolutely hilarious man, so I'm looking forward to ripping into this one.

3. Erasing Hell, Francis Chan
Is this a response to Rob Bell's Love Wins? I don't think so, but all the same, it's on the same topic. Plus, for as much as I may disagree with the conclusions Chan comes to (who knows, haven't even opened this one yet), I know from past experience that Chan is a man I can trust, who does his biblical homework better than most. The conversation continues!

4. Black Tide, Antonia Juhasz
This book was recomended in Relevant's summer reading list, and the BP oil spill of last year is something that always interested/disturbed me greatly. What was it's impact, and how is that impact still being felt by folks down in the Gulf? I don't want to be ignorant, I want to know what's going on in the world around me.

5. The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
I read this book at least once a year. It's super helpful for me as a creative type person to keep my priorities in line, and try to keep myself productive. This will be my third pass through it, and each time so far I've learned a little bit more about myself and the work of art.

Usually, I'd tell you that there's no way I'm getting through all 5 books, but with two 20+ hour plane flights in my near future, I wouldn't be surprised if I have to make a new list in late July!

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books?

More to come!




Brasil said...

Falling Upward, his latest work, is an amalgam of insight drawn from the Christian tradition, the field of psychology, epic poetry, and contemporary spirituality. There is no shortage of interesting analogies, fresh connections, and surprising verities in this book, primarily on the concept of identity, and the strong need we have as human beings to construct containers within which we can seek to understand ourselves, followed by the deeper calling to transcend and surpass that container in ways that both embrace and challenge our existing identities. Rohr presents an understanding of Christian spirituality that is defined by curiosity, deep humility, and expandingly inclusivity. It is a vision I am certain many will find very compelling.