Friday, January 11, 2008

~ 50 Books for 2008 ~

Something old, something new, something fictional, something true...

(It's only January, so I am open to: oh-my-goodness-i-can't-believe-you-left-off-fill-in-the-blank, or are-you-seriously-going-to-waste-your-time-reading-such-and-such, or you're-seriously-lacking-in-the-fiction-department-might-i-recommend-insert-title-of-fabulous-novel)

They Like Jesus, but Not the Church - Dan Kimball
Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church - Mark DeYmaz
Schools for Conversion - Rutba House
Inhabiting the Church - John R. Stock
To Baghdad and Beyond - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Pagan Christianity - Frank Viola
An Introduction to Ecclesiology - Veli-Matti Karkkainen
Models of the Church - Avery Dulles
Paul’s Idea of Community - Robert Banks
Jesus and Community - Gerhard Lohfink
A Community of Character - Stanley Hauerwas
Jesus for President - Shane Claiborne
Body Politics - John Howard Yoder
Life Together - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community - Wendell Berry
God’s Politics - Jim Wallis
‘Til We Have Faces - C.S. Lewis
Making Room - Christine D. Pohl
Beyond Charity - John Perkins
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting - Milan Kundera
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
Sold - Patricia McCormick
Gilead - Marilyn Robinson
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
What is the What - Dave Eggers
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
The Passion Dream Book - Whitney Otto
The Writing Life - Annie Dillard
Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott
Contemplation in a World of Action - Thomas Merton
The Long Loneliness - Dorothy Day
Walking on Water - Madeline L’engle
A Circle of Quiet - Madeline L’engle
The Summer of the Great Grandmother - Madeline L’engle
The Irrational Season - Madeline L’engle
Two Part Invention - Madeline L’engle
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years - Don Miller
UnChristian - David Kinnaman
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
This Beautiful Mess - Rick McKinley
Velvet Elvis - Rob Bell
Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven - David Crowder
Jim and Casper Go to Church - Jim Henderson
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger - Ron Sider
Simply Christian - N.T. Wright
Colossians Remixed - Brian J. Walsh
The Polysyllabic Spree - Nick Hornby
Housekeeping vs. the Dirt - Nick Hornby
Organic God - Margaret Feinberg


Jerusalem said...

ohhh good list! I have some, have read some, want to read some, have not read some...Can't wait to take it to the library with me and see if they have any of it! I have the Writing Life if you need to borrow!

Ines said...

I'm halfway thru Life Together-- if you haven't started it, you'll LOVE IT. We should get together and read/discuss. Haven't started Organic God yet, but should also get together/read/discuss.

Cuz reading is sexy. I hear.

Ines said...

I forgot. Why don't you throw in some Spanish titles there? "yeah- maybe next year Ines, after I brush up on my Spanish. La bicicleta won't cut it." *hehe* that's the fiction that I read. I don't ever read fiction in English...don't know why...

Kimberly said...

argh! I left off Amish Grace, which I recently purchased and Tozer's The Pursuit of God, which I have recently been thumbing through (with the intention of actually reading). I guess I'll have to kick two "have-already-read-but-would-really-love-to-read-again" books off of my list to make room for these.

Jroo - I have the Writing Life (actually, I think I have all of the writing themed books on my list), but I certainly appreciate the offer!

Ines - I do not have a copy of Life Together, so whenever you finish your copy I would love to borrow it... then we can have coffee and discuss! (of course, we can always have coffee!)

la bicicleta,

Rob said...

What about "Oh, The Places You Will Go" by Dr. Seuss? Classic!

Kimberly said...

I'm more of a Green Eggs and Ham girl, myself. And I have both a collectible figurine and stuffed version of the Star-Bellied Sneetches... I'm all about the Seuss!

Margaret Feinberg said...

I'm glad I made the list! I will through out the book unChristian for you to consider though... ;-)


Margaret Feinberg said...

not through...


I was typing too quickly.

Kimberly said...

unChristian is on the list! I kind of typed my list haphazardly... no alphabetizing or order of any sort, which makes it hard to peruse properly. Which is also to say, Margaret's book being at the bottom of the list is no indication of its significance! :)

Anonymous said...

Since you're being ambitious, why not 80 books for 2008? ;-)

Kimberly said...

80?! At the rate I'm going, I'll be lucky to finish 8! I've gotta step up and get focused...

Anonymous said...

I will recomend a book that I have not read yet but have on my own list.

Peace in a post-christian era - Thomas Merton

the book was writen in the mid 60's but suppressed by the church, then published in 04 (I believe). I have been told that the musings of Merton at that time are very timely for the 21st century.