I have a stack of half-finished books and finished books waiting for reviews. Trying to read in the present tidal wave of publishing is like trying to drink from a firehose. Our church book group recently read Jesus- Safe, Tender, Extreme. Published in 2010, we might have been late to this gentle book. It sparked a good conversation about Jesus in a group that would love to talk about politics, but can be reluctant to discuss the Savior. If you have a group like that or a person who wants to know more about Jesus, but doesn’t want the Bible (for whatever reason)- I would definitely recommend this book.
Our next book (for my church book group) will be Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted. This book is basically a discussion of spiritual warfare for mainline Protestants and progressive Catholics. I actually find the conversation within the book really interesting. How do we fight against the “powers and principalities” without honestly acknowledging and rebuking the spiritual forces that aid them and so oppose God? As a person who has long been enthusiastic about the renunciations at baptism and affirmation of baptism, I cannot wait to discuss this book with my group or, frankly, with anyone who wants to!
If you need a break from spiritual matters and you’d like something more physical in nature (without endorsing any kind of dualism!), I highly recommend RevGal Amber Belldene’s Not Another Rock Star. Belldene’s Hot Under Her Collar series captures the ins and outs, as it were, of being a young clergy woman. In this book, there is even a passing mention of the amusingly titled theology books the female protagonist acquired in seminary.
Currently checked out from the library, I have:
Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews- A History– Yes, I admit that I’ve never gotten to this “staple” before. I mostly loathe Constantine, so I haven’t need ammo in that fight, but this book seems like a thing that I need to read. Do you have a recommendation in this area of church history?
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens– What? Eddie Izzard has a memoir out? Yes, please. I am here for this! (Frankly, it’s amazing that I’m attempting to read anything else before plowing through this.)
Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, and A Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South– I’ve been reading this book for 2 months now. It’s a lot of information to process, unexpectedly a lot of information about the circus. The writing doesn’t quite have the narrative flow needed for the amount and type of information the book wants to convey. That being said, what it is conveying is information that I want to know and believe is necessary to understand American history, so I keep going.
What are you reading these days? What is coming out that you’ve already paid for or already have a hold on at your library? What kind of book are you trying to find? Let’s chat!
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