Those close to me know that I always ask for books for Christmas. Its nerdy, I know, and I think it annoys my wife, but I do it because I get stocked up for the following year. So Amber bought me my first two books:
- Foolishness to the Greeks by Leslie Newbigin – I always encourage my family to buy me used copies and this one is used. I love it because it is full of underlined sections and commentary by the previous owners. Newbigin argues that Christians must now approach the western world as a mission field. The book was written in the 1980s and from what I can gather from other books I have read on the subject, is one of the foundational books for missional theology and the missional movement.
- The Great Giveaway by David Fitch – Fitch is one of my favorite bloggers. I remember the first time I found his site he had a post up about politics and Zizek, which in my mind, any pastor/theologian who engages Zizek in a constructive way is worth respect and worth reading. The book is essentially about how the modern evangelical church has given away so much of what it means to be the church (be it to big business, parachurch organizations, psychotherapy, or consumer capitalism) that it has become barely distinguishable from other societal institutions.
So these are the first of hopefully many that I will be reading in 2009!