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November 30, 2011

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Books Beside My Bed

  • Grisham & Pike: "Camino Island" & "The Lost Queen"
    These were my two brain candy, fun fiction books on vacation this summer. Grisham's "Camino Island" is vintage work from him, but light, a bit intellectual, and beachy Signe Pike's "The Lost Queen" (first in a trilogy) caught my eye as the work of a true Celtic historian with a fresh thesis of the source of the Arthurian legends, then worked out in historical fiction. Well done. I'm moving on to the second one, ready to be convinced.
  • David Brooks: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
    This book is by my favorite conservative opinion writer. Powerful, researched, historically grounded insights on the false life and the 'second mountain,' and the commitments that must be made for a meaningful life, committment to: a vocation, a spouse/family, a philosophy or faith, a community. I really hope my friends pick this up and engage me in discussion about its content. Thank you Mr. Brooks.
  • Daniel Taylor: The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment
    I'm trying to create lots of space in our Christian community for Christians who don't relate to those who have 'certainty' about every jot and tiddle. The back jacket quote says whether this book is for you or not: "Do you resent the smugness of close-minded skepticism on the one hand but feel equally uncomfortable with the smugness of close-minded Christianity on the other?"
  • Ogilvie, Lloyd John: Experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit: You Can Live God's Best Each Day

    Ogilvie, Lloyd John: Experiencing the Power of the Holy Spirit: You Can Live God's Best Each Day
    Continuing to follow my priority to elevate our church's experience of the presence, personhood and power of the Holy Spirit in our gatherings and in our lives. I remembered that my pastor during seminary (nationally famous, I never knew him personally) was known for being both Presbyterian and on fire with the Holy Spirit. I am LOVING getting into this book.

  • Cross, Alan: When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus

    Cross, Alan: When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus
    Just getting started with this. as ongoing committment for my attention to racial hurt and inequity to not just be for the period of summer of 2020. trying to keep learning.

  • Bloom, Matt: Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing

    Bloom, Matt: Flourishing in Ministry: How to Cultivate Clergy Wellbeing
    What a dense treasure, to calibrate my life against research based findings what leads to pastors flourishing - or not- in life and ministry. Highly recommend to pastors. From a Notre Dame professor.

  • Angie Moses: Flying Home

    Angie Moses: Flying Home
    My wife Angie published her first novel a few years ago. #1 I'm proud of her. #2 It's stinkin' good (tension between dreams and duty for a young mother). #3 This book will never be published and stocked in a 'Christian' bookstore with the picture of a beatific looking prairie woman on the front wearing a bonnet - there's grittiness of real life like happens to real people, and perhaps some grace. #4 This link is to the Kindle version, look below for paperback also. #5 Angie had in mind precisely the type of 'given up on church but not on God' folks we love so much to welcome at Lake Forest as she wrote.