Earlier I listed a couple of books that I had received for Christmas. Following are the rest of the books that I received and hope to read in the coming year:
- How (Not) to Speak of God by Peter Rollins – already read this one since I got it! It was excellent and my friend Chris and I plan on creating a discussion group at Starbucks to read through it together and discuss it.
- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – A book that has been highly recommended from several friends.
- Simply Christian by N.T. Wright – Brad, a friend of mine, has always been a fan of Wright’s so I have wanted to get into his writing. This may have not been the best book in which to accomplish that goal, but it’ll do.
- What Would Jesus Deconstruct by John Caputo – Caputo is one of the premier continental philosophers in the U.S. and has always been recommended by one of my former professors. Speaking of which…
- Interstices of the Sublime by Clayton Crockett – Dr. Crockett was one of my Religion professors at University of Central Arkansas. In this text he brings together three modes of thought: psychoanalytic theory (Lacan & Freud), continental philosphy (Zizek), and theology.
- The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay – As I think I have said somewhere on this blog before, I find missional ecclesiology and theology to be very refreshing and challenging. I am also interested in it because Hugh Halter is involved with Church Resource Ministries, an organization that I have a lot of respect for and would enjoy being a part of (Nieucommunities, who Amber and I went to Vancouver with, is one branch of CRM).
- Creating a Poverty Free World by Muhammad Yunus – As wierd as this sounds, I have become fascinated by the world of economics. I still absolutely hate math and numbers, buy when I listen to men like Yunus and Jeffrey Sachs I genuinely believe we have the ability to end poverty if we can get over our greed and move beyond consumer capitalism (I emphasize consumer because I still believe that capitalism is a good system, but can be very destructive in its current form). Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and is one of the men responsible for the micro-lending revolution in third world countries.
- Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw – My wife and I had the privelege of hearing Shane and Chris speak in Orlando. When you read this book or hear these men speak you must call into question the role of Christians in politics. What role do we play? Why do we constantly seek political power? And a myriad of other questions. Perhaps the most challenging book on Church and Politics out there!
So these are the books I will be reading over the next year along with the other two that my wife bought me that I mentioned before Christmas and some other that I have not finished yet (The Divine Conspiracy – hopefully I will make it through that over the summer). Hopefully I will blog through a few of them because I would love to get some input from others on some of the ideas I will be engaging.