What I’ve been reading – Sept 2018

So I sometimes do book reviews that are indepth, but I thought I’d start posting what books I’ve read lately.  I’ll keep the specific list to non-fiction books for the most part.  Each book will have a one or two sentence thought about it.  I hope it helps you, or others, to figure out what books they may want to be reading next.  For this first list I’ll include some of my summer reading as well as my more recent reading.  There is no real order to how these books are listed.

“Keep Christianity Weird” by Michael Frost.  A good read that reminds readers that the church is supposed to be different than the world.  I was provided a review copy by the publisher and it was worth the read.  You can read my review here.

“Eternity is Now in Session” by John Ortberg.  A wonderful book that helps us to re-examine our understanding of eternity and to reflect on it’s implications in the here and now.  I was provided a review copy by the publisher and it was worth the read.  You can read my review here.

“Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water,  and Loving the Bible Again” by Rachel Held Evans.   After some conversations with a friend I started reading this book to reflect on those conversations.  She wrestles with some of the hard texts in scripture and how that has impacted her faith.  It’s a good read and I found her honesty and writing valuable.

“The Story of Christianity – Volume One by Justo L. Gonzalez”.  I hadn’t spent much time  looking at church history since seminary which I finished in 2002.  It was more than worthwhile to dive back into it and this book was well written and very accessible.  I’m looking forward to reading volume two which covers history from the reformation to modern day.

“The Pastor:  A Memoir” by Eugene Peterson. Eugene Peterson is an amazing pastor, author and theologian.  He has contributed much to all three of those arenas.  I find him challenging, encouraging, and moving me as I wrestle with my own vocation of being a pastor.  This memoir did the same thing and was very timely with where I am in life currently.

“Women in the Church:  A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry” by Stan Grenz.  I have had this book for a long time however found myself reading it as I was dialoguing with a church. My view of women in ministry is very positive and it is something I support and the church I was talking too held a more traditional complementarian point of view.  I read this to refresh myself on the theology surrounding the topic.  If this topic is relevant to you it’s a worthwhile read.

“With” by Skye Jethani.   I attended the funeral of a seminary professor and this book was mentioned as one that he had come to deeply value.  I was intrigued and grabbed a copy and read it and I too deeply valued it.  The whole premise is that we live life with Christ and what that means.  Highly recommend this book.

Over the summer I also did a ton of fiction reading rather than church and ministry reading.  It was the first time in a long time where I felt I had time and space to just read recreationally so I read a bunch of books by David Baldacci and Tom Clancy.  They were good to read… they were mindless and suitable for rest and relaxation. I enjoyed both authors for the most part.  I’ll take a break from the fiction for a while now.  There are a bunch more books I want to read…. you can see the list here.

Have you read any good books lately?  If so leave a comment letting me know what book(s) you’ve been reading and what you think about them.