Books for the Transition

As I pack up my library, I am getting to the point where I need to decide which books are more important.

And it’s a lot easier to purge the library when I have to decide if I am going to put it in a box or give it way it.

But I have been thinking about which books would be good to read in the interim.  Not necessarily books about transition, travel, and moving;  but what should I be reading?  What’s important right now?  I definitely don’t expect to have time to read all of them but these are at the top of my list.

Here are some I will probably keep in a backpack to have on hand for the next 2 months:

50 Psychology Classics:  This gives a synopsis of books from Sigmund Freud to Malcolm Gladwell. Had it in my Amazon cart until I saw it marked down at B&N.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality:  Peter Scazzero combines Contemplative Spirituality and Mental Health.  He serves a church in Queens, wish I had a chance to visit.  His devotional book, “The Daily Office” is fantastic.  Get it!

Savoring God’s Word by Jan Johnson.  Already read it once.  Need to read it again slowly and do all the exercises.

No Cross, No Crown by William Penn.  Penn is the only founding father I truly respect from a spiritual perspective.  Devotional classic.

Repenting of Religion.  Gregory Boyd is always challenging.  Heard interesting things about this book.

Breathing Under Water:  I really wish I had been introduced to Richard Rohr sooner.  This is currently in my Amazon cart but is probably worth buying before we pack and move.


Books, Books, and More Books

Having two Library Sales sandwiched around my birthday has led to buying too many books.  Well, there are just too many good ones that I hope to read; and someday I may not have any money to buy books so I am storing up.

First, some fiction:

American Supernatural Tales:  anthology that includes Bloch, Bradbury, Lovecraft, King, Shirley Jackson, etc.
Yiddish Short Stories

Non-fiction, non-religious (not irreligious, mind you):

This is your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin(seems to be a neat combo of neurology and music)
Writing on Both Sides of the Brain by Henriette Anne Klauser ( I wonder if she is German.  the chapter on procrastination was worth more than the $1 I paid for the book)
The World of Caffeine


St Teresa of Avila by Medwick
Soul Work by Randy Harris
Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity by Whitmire
Not a Fan
Repenting of Religion by Greg Boyd
Down to the River to Pray by John Mark Hicks
A Gathered People by JMH +
Bonhoeffer Bio by Metaxas (for $10 !!)
In God We Don’t Trust by David Bercot

Now if I only had some time to read!

Trying to finish “Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes” by Bailey, hope to get back into Sherlock, and started “Forgotten God” by Chan and Bercot’s book comparing the Founding Fathers/colonials to Scripture.

What are you reading?

Happy New Year

Well, I haven’t blogged much and don’t promise anything for 2012 but wanted to start off the year looking ahead.

I can’t wait til Tulsa.  I love my week at Camp.  I know sometime this year we will visit family down south and that is always great.

I am preaching through Mark’s Gospel, and will begin a study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights later in January.  I will probably also teach an Intro to the Bible class this summer.

I got some good books with Christmas money and hope to read more this year than last.  In addition to working my way through the Sherlock Holmes stories, I plan to read “Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes” (already started), “Paul through Middle Eastern Eyes”, “The Celtic Way of Evangelism”, “Guns, Germs, and Steel”, the “Philosophy of Horror”, “Men, Women, and Chainsaws” and more.

I also got a new camera so I may turn my blog into a foto blog at some point.  At least expect some pictures, maybe more pics than posts.

For example: Click for a full view.


Books I would like to read in 2011

I have already purchased these (some haven’t arrived yet) and hope to get to them this year.  I should have enough time to read what I didn’t finish last year and still get to these but we will see what happens.

I have already started Cahill’s “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” about the world in which Jesus came.  It is a good reference, although he writes from a strictly historical/sociological perspective, he doesn’t attack or mock.  There is much that’s helpful for a NT background study.

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

The Civil War as Theological Crisis by Mark Noll

To Change the World (ridiculously long subtitle) by some guy with three names

How Lucky Can You Be: The story of Coach Don Meyer by Buster Olney (coached men’s B-ball at Lipscomb for 20 years, the book is about his car accident and cancer and how it changed his life)

Life with God by Richard Foster

The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan Hatch

Surprised by Hope by NT Wright (yeah, I know, everyone else read this 3 years ago)(

The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen

What are your reading plans for 2011??  Happy Reading.