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What’s on our Kindles?
(this post is a copy from our updated ‘more’ tab at the top of the homepage. we plan to keep this tab regularly as we read new books so stay tuned)
We both love reading, and have recently shifted our medium (at least in part) to reading books electronically on the Amazon Kindle. We enjoy sharing books we’ve liked and discussing them, and so here’s a partial list of some books we’re currently reading/recently read that we recommend.
- Love Wins (Rob Bell) [excellent conversation starter, discussing areas of the faith that need to be poked and probed more humbly and thoughtfully than they are currently]
- Surprised by Hope (NT Wright) [best book Andy has read in 5 years. Brilliant look at how we need to have a hope-shaped mission before we can have a mission-shaped church. Short answer: our hope is in the resurrection, and it begins now]
- Who was Jesus? (NT Wright)
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Peter Scazzero) [Brilliant. Read this and then read Renovation of the Heart, by Dallas Willard for a thoughtful approach to intentional formation of our whole being--spirit, soul, and body]
- America’s Prophet (Bruce Feiler) [A look at Moses and his influence on America's founding]
- The Bondage Breaker (Neil Anderson) [A must-read, not too fluffy primer on spiritual warfare]
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Aron Ralston) [The movie is good also (127 Hours)]
- Bill Bryson’s African Diary (Bill Bryson)
- Debt of Honor (Tom Clancy)
- Saved in Hope/Spei Salvi (Pope Benedict XVI) [A deeply moving look at what it means to have faith, and in what our hope lies, by the Pope. Brilliantly insightful and deep]
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
- Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Jon Krakauer)
- African Friends and Money Matters (David Maranz) [A primer on African culture and how microeconomics and finance are different in Africa than in the West]
- God at War: The Bible and Spiritual Conflict (Greg Boyd) [A serious theological look at the nature of evil, spiritual beings, and the spiritual warfare going on behind the material world. Rigorous but readable]
- When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself (Fikkert and Corbett)
I am currently taking ‘Formative Christian Thinking’ as a part of my Master of Divinity courseload at the Melbourne College of Divinity, and some of our reading recently has been brilliant. Check out Donald Goergen’s The Death and Resurrection of Jesusfor an insightful look into the nature of Jesus’ resurrection, and whether or not it matters if there was an empty tomb with a body in it. Good stuff.
Since arriving in Kenya we’ve discovered that our Kindles work here, and we can access the Amazon library to purchase books and download them to our Kindle…hooray! What a difference it is being a missionary in the 21st century compared to one hundred and fifty years ago…we have read that many missionaries going to an area with endemic tropical diseases would ship their belongings in a coffin, anticipating that 80% of them would die within two years.
Top 100 books of the 20th Century
About a decade ago, Christianity Today published a list of the 100 books which have most influenced Christianity in the last 100 years. It includes non-fiction, fiction, books written by followers of Jesus, books written by others. You could do a lot worse than to decide to read through this list over the next ten years.
*If you’re wondering, the title of this page is from the Bible, a most excellent book called Ezekiel, Chapter 3 verse 3.