Fall Reading List 2014

Over the summer, I’ve loved the break from reading non-fiction and theology/church related books and primarily picking up fiction.  I’m still enjoying reading fiction, but there are some non-fiction books that have been catching my attention. I’ve been increasingly interested in the complexities of Vietnam and have read very little about it. I’ve also been interested in the faith communities response and influence in the Civil War (both good and bad.) I’m not reading much theology this fall. A little burned out there still. But I will get to a few classic liberation theology books that I’ve neglected thus far. James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree was powerful and eye-opening so I thought it would do me some good to read more in that vein. Cone’s book has also inspired me to read the poetry of Cullen and some more on Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy!

Fiction/Poetry:
A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter Miller Jr.
Saint Maybe – Anne Tyler
The Magicians – Lev Grossman
Home – Marilynne Robinson
Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
On These I Stand; An Anthology of the Best Poems of Countee Cullen – Countee Cullen

Non-fiction:
Strength to Love – Martin Luther King Jr.
Going Clear; Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief – Lawrence Wright
A Prayer Journal – Flannery O’Connor
Dispatches – Michael Herr
Quiet; The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis – Mark Noll
A Life Worth Living – Robert Zaretsky

Theology:
Kingdom Conspiracy; Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church – Scot McKnight
God of the Oppressed – James Cone
The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It – Peter Enns
A Theology of Liberation – Gustavo Gutierrez

Church:
Slow Church; Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus – Various
Fail; Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure – J.R. Briggs
The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community – Soerens, Sparks, Friesen
Body Politics; Five Practices of the Christian Community Before a Watching World – John Howard Yoder

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