Thursday, January 24, 2008

slow and steady... right?!

I have slightly modified my list of 50 books to read this year, and I am already behind. By now I should have finished three of my selections, but I have only just today finished They Like Jesus, But Not the Church. However, when I stepped back to consider that I have simultaneously started reading through five other books on this list in the last few weeks, I decided to give myself a break, figuring it should balance itself out eventually. Here is the up-to-date list for those who are counting. (I know that Tami is pressuring me to get to Velvet Elvis so we can discuss it, and Ines is waiting for me to get to Life Together... neither of those, unfortunately, are in the five I'm juggling!)

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
‘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 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
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
Life After Church – Brian Sanders
Amish Grace – Donald B. Kraybill, et al
The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer


YoMJ said...

I noticed that a lot of your books are about God, or church. I was just wondering why and what are you looking for? I guess I am not up on your quest.


the hamster said...

may i also suggest DANNY AND THE DINOSAUR. it a great exploration of human desire. and dinosaurs.

keep us posted with reviews.

Ines said...

friend! i missed visiting your blog while i was in phoenix-- wish you had been with me to process all the info that was being thrown at me like a fire hydrant! but it was like sweet water, i tell you... we should have coffee soon- i gotta come see your new quarters! and maybe do LIFE TOGETHER. (no pun intended).