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Reading (2007-13)

Books read (2013):

  • Jesus Feminist (Bessey)
  • Harry Potter 1-7 (Rowling)
  • Jesus and the Victory of God (Wright)
  • Suttree (McCarthy)
  • Masterminds & Wingmen (Rosalind Wiseman)
  • Jesus the Liberator (Sobrino)
  • Free (Scandrette)
  • The Rebirth of the Church (Gibbs)
  • The Making of a Leader (Clinton)
  • The Road (McCarthy)
  • Urbanism Without Effort (Wolfe)
  • The Nature of Urban Design (Washburn)
  • Insanely Simple (Segall)
  • Better (Chaddick)
  • To Live is Christ (Chandler)
  • Map Worlds (van den Hoonaard)
  • Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability and Discovery (Adams)
  • Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies (Banham)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About God (Bell)
  • Torture and Eucharist (Cavanaugh)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk about Running (Murakami)
  • Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing (Mohr)
  • Imagination in Place (Berry)
  • A Thicker Jesus (Stassen)
  • Living Countertestimony: Conversations with Walter Brueggemann (Brueggemann and Sharp)
  • Godspeed (Merrick)
  • 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son (Courtney)
  • Bread and Wine (Niequist)
  • The Art of Neighboring (Pathak and Runyon)
  • Accidental Pharisees (Osborne)
  • Bicycle Diaries (Byrne)
  • Kiss Me Like a Stranger (Wilder)
  • Prodigal Christianity (Fitch and Holsclaw)
  • Hip: The History (Leland)
  • Eating Animals (Safran Foer)
  • Consuming Jesus (Metzger)
  • The Church in the Power of the Spirit (Moltmann)
  • The Priestly Kingdom
  • The Royal Priesthood (Yoder)
  • The Great Giveaway (Fitch)
  • Covenant and Kingdom (Breen)
  • Community of Character (Hauerwas)
  • The Dogmatics in Outline (Barth)
  • Torn (Justin Lee)

Books read (2012):

  • The Essence of the Church (Van Gelder)
  • Evangelism after Christendom (Stone)
  • Rob Bell and the New American Christianity (Wellmann)
  • Selling Water by the River (Hipps)
  • Hannah’s Child (Hauerwas)
  • Deep and Wide (Stanley)
  • In the Name of Jesus (Nouwen)
  • The Centaur (Updike)
  • The Maples Stories (Updike)
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Mukherjee)
  • A New Evangelical Manifesto (Gushee)
  • Freedom for Ministry (Neuhaus)
  • A Work of Heart (McNeal)
  • Who Needs Theology? (Grenz and Olson)
  • Leaving Church (Brown-Taylor)
  • Neighbors and Wise Men (Kriz)
  • Lost in the Funhouse (Zehme)
  • Testimony to Otherwise (Brueggemann)
  • Still (Winner)
  • Center Church (Keller)
  • Unleader (Ford)
  • Spiritual Leadership (Lawrenz)
  • Project Dad (Cartmell)
  • Missional Communities (McNeal)
  • Leaving Egypt (DeGroat)
  • Thin Places (Huckins and Yackley)
  • The Art of the Commonplace (Berry)
  • Creating a Missional Culture (Woodward)
  • Junia is Not Alone (McKnight)
  • The Word of the Lord to… (McLaren)
  • Bible and Mission (Baukham)
  • Multiplying Missional Leaders (Breen)
  • Hijacked (Slaughter and Gutenson)
  • Preaching in the Inventive Age (Pagitt)
  • Erasing Hell (Chan)
  • What Would You Do? (Yoder)
  • Messy (Swoboda)
  • The Bible Made Impossible (Smith)
  • Reaching Out (Nouwen)
  • Real Sex (Winner)
  • More than Enchanting (Saxton)
  • How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens (Williams)
  • Your Church is Too Safe (Buchanan)
  • Life Together (Bonhoeffer)
  • Memories, Hopes, and Conversations (Branson)
  • Church in the Inventive Age (Pagitt)
  • The Church is Flat (Jones)
  • Building a Discipling Culture (Breen and Cockram)
  • Everything is Illuminated (Foer)
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Foer)
  • Crossing to Safety (Stegner)
  • Real Marriage (Driscoll)

Books read (2011):

  • Blood Meridian (McCarthy)
  • Body Politics (Yoder)
  • Insurrection (Rollins)
  • Teaching to Transgress (Hooks)
  • Incarceron (Fisher)
  • Take this Bread (Miles)
  • The Reason for God (Keller)
  • Sacrilege (Halter)
  • Simply Jesus (Wright)
  • The Finale (Miller)
  • Stumbling Toward Faith (Altson)
  • Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community (Berry)
  • The Sandman: Dream Country (Gaiman)
  • More Lost Than Found (Herd)
  • Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut)
  • The Song (Miller)
  • Wishful Thinking (Buechner)
  • Eat this Book (Peterson)
  • Practicing the Way of Jesus (Scandrette)
  • The King Jesus Gospel (McKnight)
  • Soul Graffiti (Scandrette)
  • All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy)
  • The Road (McCarthy)
  • Simply Christian (Wright)
  • Total Money Makeover (Ramsey)
  • Blue Ocean Strategy (Kim, Mauborgne)
  • Rumors of God (Whitehead, Tyson)
  • Simple Words (Aiden Steinsaltz)
  • Funerals are Fatal (Christie)
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (Metaxas)
  • On the Verge (Hirsch and Ferguson)
  • Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church (Rogers)
  • Jesus, My Father, the CIA and Me (Cron)
  • Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (Gottman)
  • The Good of Affluence (Schneider)
  • The Good and Beautiful God (Smith)
  • Whose Community? Which Interpretation? (Westphal)
  • Renovation of the Church (Carlson and Lueken)
  • Naked Spirituality (McLaren)
  • Exclusion and Embrace (Volf, reread)
  • The Nature of Love (Oord)
  • The End of Evangelicalism? (Fitch)
  • Love Wins (Bell)
  • Keep Your Greek (Campbell)
  • I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student (Allitt)
  • Transformation (Roberts)
  • The Wounded Healer (Nouwen)
  • Mere Churchianity (Spencer)
  • Children of the Mind (Card)
  • The Moral Imagination (Lederach)
  • Mere Churchianity (Spencer)
  • Tribes (Godin)
  • Launching Missional Communities (Breen and Absalom)
  • Washed and Waiting (Hill)
  • Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code (Chand)
  • Finding Our Way Again (McLaren)
  • Soulprint (Batterson)
  • To Transform a City (Swanson and Williams)

Books read (2010):

  • To Change the World (Hunter)
  • Tinsel (Stuevel)
  • Everyday Justice (Clawson)
  • Fasting (McKnight)
  • Divine Commodity (Jethani)
  • Desiring the Kingdom (Smith)
  • The Next Christians (Lyons)
  • I Quit! (Scazzero)
  • Primal (Batterson)
  • Christianity for the Rest of Us (Butler Bass)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Kinney)
  • Chasing Frances (Cron)
  • Homosexuality and the Christian (Yarhouse)
  • The Strategically Small Church (O’Brien)
  • Off the Books (Venkatesh)
  • Schooled (Korman)
  • Untamed (Hirsch and Hirsch)
  • A Nation of Religions (ed. Prothero)
  • The Threat of Life (Brueggemann)
  • Religious Literacy (Prothero)
  • United by Faith (DeYoung, Emerson, et al.)
  • Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars (Lencioni)
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Lencioni)
  • The Gospel According to Jesus (Seay)
  • Sun Stand Still (Furtick)
  • Xenocide (Card)
  • The Inclusive Language Debate (Carson)
  • Preaching Re-Imagined (Pagitt)
  • Turning Controversy Into Church Ministry (Campbell)
  • Mockingjay (Collins)
  • Nudge (Sweet)
  • Speaker for the Dead (Card)
  • Preaching to Pluralists (Altrock)
  • Preaching to a Shifting Culture (Gibson)
  • The Foolishness of Preaching (Capon)
  • The Shape of Preaching (Cahill)
  • The Colors of God (Peters, Philips, Steen)
  • Saint Francis (West)
  • AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church (Halter, Smay)
  • Power of a Whisper (Hybels)
  • Insights on John (Swindoll)
  • Forgotten God (Chan)
  • Stay Alive My Son (Yathay)
  • Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals (Webb)
  • Homosexuality and the Christian Faith (Wink)
  • Cambodia Calling (Heinzl)
  • Exponential (Ferguson and Ferguson)
  • Those Seven References (Dwyer)
  • Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions (Brennan)
  • Sabbath Economics: Household Practices (Colwell)
  • The Jesus Manifesto (Sweet and Viola)
  • Catching Fire (Collins)
  • Ender’s Game (Card)
  • The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver)
  • For Common Things (Purdy)
  • Wuthering Heights (Bronte)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains (Kidder)
  • The Hunger Games (Collins)
  • What Saint Paul Really Said (Wright)
  • The Brothers K (Duncan)
  • The Ecology of Commerce (Hawken)
  • Searching for God Knows What (Miller)
  • Justification (Wright)
  • Radical (Platt)
  • Creating a Just Future (Moltmann)
  • Sacred Journey (Foster)
  • Different Eyes (Chalke and Mann)
  • Ethnic Blends (DeYmaz and Li)
  • Everybody Communicates, Few Connect (Maxwell)
  • Your Church is Too Small (Armstrong)
  • ReJesus (Frost and Hirsch)
  • Love is an Orientation (Marin)
  • Angela’s Ashes (McCourt)
  • A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip (Surratt, Ligon, Bird)
  • Scripture and Discernment: Decision Making in the Church (Johnson)
  • Being Peace (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • The Vertical Self (Sayers)
  • Building a Discipleship Culture (Breen)
  • Good to Great and the Social Sector (Collins)
  • Busted (von Kamecke)
  • Tithing (Leblanc)
  • The Selfless Gene (Foster)
  • Deep Church (Belcher)
  • Crisis Counseling with Children and Adolescents (Ornum and Mordock)
  • The Pursuit of God (Tozer)
  • On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent (Gutierrez)

Books read (2009):

  • The Gospel According to LOST (Seay)
  • The Bible as Improv (Martoia)
  • How (Not) to Speak of God (Rollins)
  • The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales (Rollins)
  • The Sacred Meal (Gallagher)
  • Five Cities that Ruled the World (Wilson)
  • Adolescents in Crisis (Rowatt)
  • Addiction and Grace (May)
  • The Myth of a Christian Religion (Boyd)
  • Flickering Pixels (Hipps)
  • With God in the Crucible: Preaching Costly Discipleship (Storey)
  • The Passionate Church (Breen and Kallestad)
  • What  Difference Do it Make? (Hall, Moore, Vincent)
  • Smiles to Go (Spinelli)
  • The Unexpected Adventure (Strobel and Mittelberg)
  • Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Smith)
  • Crazy Love (Chan)
  • The Best Idea in the World (Greene)
  • Word of Life (Koester)
  • How We Got the Bible (Sailhammer)
  • Watership Down (Adams)
  • The Intrusive Word: Preaching to the Unbaptized (Willimon)
  • Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized (Willimon)
  • All the King’s Men (Warren)
  • The Great Giveaway (Fitch)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Kesey)
  • The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership (Sample)
  • Building Strong People (Reed and Westfall)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Kinney)
  • Leadership Is an Art (De Pree)
  • Reviewing Leadership (Banks and Ledbetter)
  • In the Name of Jesus (Nouwen)
  • Messenger (Lowry)
  • Gathering Blue (Lowry)
  • The Art of Preaching (Alan of Lille)
  • Preacher and Cross: Person and Message in Theology and Rhetoric (Resner)
  • Theology for Preaching: Authority, Truth and Knowledge of God in a Postmodern Ethos (Allen, et. al)
  • Luke and the People of God (Jervell)
  • Who are the People of God? (Kee)
  • Trouble Don’t Last Always (Parker)
  • Evangelism Outside the Box (Richardson)
  • A Tribe Apart (Hersch)
  • Conversion in the New Testament (Peace)
  • The Challenge of Postmodernisn: an Evangelical Engagement (Dockery, ed.)
  • Confident Witness – Changing World (Van Gelder, ed.)
  • Peppermint Filled Pinatas (Bryant)
  • A History of Preaching (Edwards)
  • Called to be Church (Robinson and Wall)
  • Sacred Rhetoric (Pasquarello)
  • Rosie (Lamott)
  • God in Pain (Taylor)
  • Biblical Preaching (Robinson)
  • Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)
  • Visioneering (Stanley)
  • Exclusion and Embrace (Miraslov Volf)
  • The Forgotten Ways (Hirsch)
  • A Faith and Culture Devotional (Arrington and Kullberg)

Read in part (2009):

  • Luke for Everyone (Wright)
  • Learner-Centered Teaching (Weimer)
  • Life of the Beloved (Nouwen)
  • Lest Innocent Blood be Shed (Hallie)
  • Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places (Peterson)
  • United by Faith (Emerson)
  • Wind and Fire (Spurgeon)
  • The Threat of Life (Brueggemann)
  • The Acts of the Apostles [Sacra Pagina series] (Johnson)
  • In Cold Blood (Capote)
  • Jesus and the Victory of God (Wright)
  • The Cloister Walk (Norris)
  • Generation to Generation (Friedman)
  • Family Evaluation (Kerr and Bowen)
  • The Kingdom of God (Bright)
  • Invitation to a Beheading (Nabokov)
  • The Celestial Railroad and Other Stories (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • Patterns of Preaching (Allen)
  • The Practice of Preaching (Wilson)
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Ishmael Beah)
  • Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
  • Development as Freedom (Amartya Sen)
  • Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel (John Goldingay)
  • The Theme of the Pentateuch (David Clines)
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare)
  • More Than One Struggle: The Evolution of Black School Reform in Milwaukee (Dougherty)
  • No Exit (Alstott)
  • Models for Scripture (Goldingay)
  • Theology for the Community of God (Grenz)
  • The Good of Affluence (Schneider)

2008 Books:

  • The Town Beyond the Wall (Wiesel)
  • An Unquiet Mind (Jamison)
  • Prophetic Imagination (Brueggemann)
  • Surprised by Hope (Wright)
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians (Bell)
  • A House for Mr. Biswas (Naipaul)
  • Soul Revolution (John Burke)
  • Stuck in Neutral (Trueman)
  • Assaulted by Joy (Stephen Simpson)
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg (Wills)
  • Birthing the Sermon (Childers, ed.)
  • The Heart of Black Preaching (LaRue)
  • Deconstructing Theodicy: Why Job has Nothing to Say to the Problem of Suffering (Burrell)
  • The New Media Frontier (Reynolds and Overton)
  • The New Friars (Bessenecker)
  • Pure Kingdom (Chilton)
  • Jesus and the Ethics of the Kingdom (Chilton/McDonald)
  • Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre (Childrers)
  • Preaching the Story (Frymire)
  • The Family Crucible (Napier and Whitaker)
  • Jesus and the Kingdom of God (Beasley-Murray)
  • The Kingdom of God (Chilton, editor)
  • Flowers for Algernon (Keyes)
  • They Like Jesus but Not the Chuch (Kimball)
  • The Homiletical Plot (Eugene Lowry)
  • The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (McKnight)
  • Animal Farm (Orwell)
  • Bread in the Wilderness (Thomas Merton)
  • Message of the Psalms (Brueggemann)
  • Bread of Angels (Barbara Brown Taylor)
  • School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of New Monasticism (Rutba House)
  • Atonement For a Sinless Society (Mann)
  • Finally Comes the Poet (Brueggemann)
  • Maus I (Spiegelman)
  • Maus II (Spiegelman)
  • Family Ministry (Garland)
  • Introduction to Ecclesiology (Karkkainen)
  • I Want to Believe (Mel Lawrenz)
  • Homiletics (Karl Barth)
  • Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce (Elizabeth Marquardt)
  • Families at the Crossroads (Clapp)
  • In the Name of Jesus (Nouwen)
  • Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture (Joel Green)
  • A Larger Memory (Ronald Takaki)
  • Hearing the New Testament (ed. Joel Green)
  • The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (Eric Law)
  • Divided by Faith (Emerson and Smith)
  • People of the Dream (Emerson)
  • Ties that Stress: The New Family Imbalance (Elkind)
  • What Do They Hear: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit and Pew (Powell)
  • Good Night, Mr. Tom (Magorian)
  • Everything Must Change (McLaren)
  • Christology (Karkkainen)
  • Into the Wild (Krakauer)
  • Pneumatology (Karkkainen)
  • Recovering the Scandal of the Cross (Green and Baker)
  • Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross (Baker)
  • Prince Caspian (C.S. Lewis)
2008 Books (in part):
  • Ancient Future Time (Webber)
  • Theology of the New Testament (Ladd)
  • Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers (Leveen)
  • Backgrounds of Early Christianity (Everett Ferguson)
  • A History of Israel (John Bright)
  • Atonement, Christology, and the Trinity (Brummer)

2007 Books:

  • Resident Aliens (Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon)
  • A Community Called Atonement (Scot McKnight)
  • The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)
  • The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman)
  • The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman)
  • On Being Human (Ray Anderson)
  • Denial of Death (Ernest Becker)
  • Prophetic Thought in Postmodern Times (Cornel West)
  • Race Matters (Cornel West)
  • Invitation to Theology (Michael Jinkins)
  • Holy Scripture (Donald Bloesch)
  • The Openness of God (Clark Pinnock, et al)
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  • Raging With Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil (John Swinton)
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (Beverly Tatum)
  • A Grief Observed (C.S. Lewis)
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People (Harold Kushner)
  • Going All The Way (Craig Groeschel)
  • Love, Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
  • Democracy Matters (Cornel West)
  • House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer)
  • Celebration of Discipline (Richard Foster)
  • Mysterious Messengers (John Eaton)
  • Texts of Terror (Phyllis Trible)
  • Reliability of the Gospel Tradition (Birger Gerhardsson)
  • The Moral Texts of Paul (Furnish)
  • The Moral Vision of the New Testament (Richard Hays)
  • Then the Whisper Put On Flesh (Brian Blount)
  • Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)
  • The Gift of the Jews (Thomas Cahill)
  • And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)
  • The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis)
  • Evil and the Justice of God (N.T. Wright)
  • An Unstoppable Force (Erwin McManus)
  • Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide (Scott Straus and Robert Lyons)
  • Lessing’s Theological Writings (Gotthold Lessing)
  • Anglo-American Postmodernity (Nancey Murphy)
  • Beyond Liberalism and Foundamentalism (Nancey Murphy)
  • Too Busy Not to Pray (Bill Hybels)
  • Unapologetic Theology (William Placher)
  • The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (Sam Harris)
  • Wringer (Jerry Spinelli)
  • The Challenge of Jesus (NT Wright)
  • Jesus and Community (Gerhard Lohfink)
  • Understanding God’s Will (Kyle Lake)
  • The Web of Women’s Leadership (Susan Willhauck and Jacqulyn Thorpe)
  • Night (Elie Weisel)
  • Colossians Remixed (Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat )
  • We Are Here Now (Patrick Kiefert)
  • The Sky is Falling: Leaders Lost in Transition (Alan J. Roxburgh)
  • Sex God (Rob Bell)
  • Body Politics (John Howard Yoder)
  • Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
  • Pentecost to Patmos (Craig Blomberg)
  • J.B. (Archibald MacLeish) [reread]
  • An Introduction to the Study of Paul (David G. Horrell)
  • Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teens (Chap Clark)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
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