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August 19, 2014

Books Beside My Bed

  • Bury, J. B.: The Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians

    Bury, J. B.: The Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians
    this was my reading indulgence over the holidays. classic lectures by one of the most respected (though 100 years ago) scholars of the end of the roman empire. this period continues to fascinate and draw me the most historically, in particular because of my admiration for and doctoral work regarding St Patrick, overlapping with the end of this period

  • Rolheiser, Ronald: Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity

    Rolheiser, Ronald: Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity
    the most insightful read for my own discipleship in years, in particular discipleship in the middle years of life, and then the next years. Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic Priest whose book 'The Holy Longing' hit Christian publishing with a bang in the early aughties - I can't reccomend that one enough.

  • Beth Allison Barr: The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth

    Beth Allison Barr: The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
    More than one young woman whose grown up at our church has requested a meetup in college or after. They encountered a campus fellowship or church that denied female leadership in the church, and wanted to ask me the biblical basis for our teaching that God has equally gifted men and women for leadership in the church. I enjoyed my zooms/meetups with these young women. this book I uncovered in my research to find more recent books on the subject than the old ones in my library. this one is excellent, by a history professor at Baylor.

  • 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.