It has become one of my traditions to share my reading list for the coming year.
The New Testament-Published by Biblica and used with our New Testament Class.
Who Wrote the Bible?, by Richard Elliott Friedman-The historicity of the Bible and more specifically the authorship of the Old Testament are the primary issues addressed in this book that was given to me by one of our church members. This book is a classic in its field of study, and I am now getting the chance to read it.
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander-This book explores the ways in which racism and racial bias are still alive and well in the United States in the way that we disproportionately imprison African American men.
The Evolution of Faith, by Philip Gulley and A Christianity Worth Believing, by Doug Pagitt-These two books provide two different authors’ interpretations on the future of the church. Both are focused on trying to address the question of how the church will remain relevant in our ever-changing and increasingly pluralistic world.
American on Purpose, by Craig Ferguson-This book, written by the host of CBS’s The Late, Late Show, is a personal memoir recounting Ferguson’s life with special attention to his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It has been highly rated as a funny and also very powerful read.
Love Wins, by Rob Bell and The Inescapable Love of God, by Thomas Talbott-These two books are on the same theme. The first made a big splash as the evangelical author “came out” as a believer in universal salvation, and the second is a much more academic approach to the same theology. I have become quite taken with the universalist perspective.
Leadership and Self-Deception, by The Arbinger Institute-This book on leadership is more than just another training manual. It is a life-transformer. This was recommended to me by a friend, and it has received rave reviews from virtually every sector of the business and non-profit world.