What I’m Reading/Skimming or Just Finished

 

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Note:  Leigh Stein’s collection of Poems may just be my favorite collection of poems.  These poems may not appeal to everybody but they appeal to me, someone whose mind goes in a million directions.  I highly recommend Stein’s Dispatch from the Future.  It is a make you laugh out loud collection of poems.

 

The Image of Christ in Modern Art by Richard Harries

ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art (Art for Faith’s Sake Book 10) by James Romaine (Editor), Linda Stratford

Economy of Grace by Kathryn Tanner

Without Apology: Sermons for Christ’s Church by Stanley Hauerwas

Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky but Authentic Spiritual Memoir by Susan E. Isaacs

Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler

Dispatch from the Future: Poems by Leigh Stein

A Prayer Book for the 21st Century by John McQuiston II

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning

Failure: Why Science Is So Successful by Stuart Firestein

Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein

Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves

Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay

Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps by Dave Isay

 

What I’m Reading/Skimming December 2014

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Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Charles M. Blow

The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures

Christine Kenneally

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Mark Miodownik

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

A Call To Christians To Complicate the Lives of Others – Be Sneaky

She looks harmless, friendly even.  She could pass for a librarian.  How many librarians have you met who seemed untrustworthy?

A lady.  Retired.  Smiles.  Sings in the church choir.  Not the type you would suspect would complicate your life, but she’s a Christian and Christians have a way of complicating the lives of others.  Seems to be in their job description.

The best ones complicate the lives of others subtly, gently.  They don’t knock people over with verbiage.  They don’t save you and the world in thirty seconds or even with a sermon.  They are wiser, sneakier, kinder, aware of their own need for daily conversions.

Cathy is a gardening buddy of my wife.

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Cathy Croy

When I got married I didn’t know it was going to be “for better, for  worse gardening.”  Getting my hands in the soil of the good earth is not quite the spiritual experience for me that it is for Cathy and Vicky, my beloved, but I do it because I love my wife of 35 years.  (I didn’t say I did  it without complaining.)

So how did a Christian, in this case, Cathy, complicate my life? It was done with a simple suggestion, a book recommendation.  “You’ve got to get Native Plants of the Southeast:  A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden by Larry Mellichamp!”

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Long story short:  book ordered, “This is the best book ever!” and now – and now half of my life is going to be spent re-doing the three, THAT’s THREE, gardens in our yard.  Thanks Cathy.  Cathy, how can I thank you enough?  The birds and animals are going to love the native plants and I’m going to LOVE being a garden boy.  Thanks Cathy.  Maybe I should say it one more time.  Muy gracias, Cathy.

Has your life ever been complicated, in a good way, by a Christian?

How might you, as a Christian complicate the lives of others?

Be sneaky!

What I’m Reading/Skimming – September 2014

 

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Dick Gregory’s Bible Tales, Dick Gregory

Nigger:  An Autobiography, Dick Gregory with Robert Lipsyte

African American Humor:  The Best Black Comedy from Slavery to Today, Edited by Mel Watkins

The Preservationist, David Maine

What Didn’t Kill Me Made Me Funny, Sally Baucke

If Nuns Ruled the World:  Ten Sisters on a Mission, Jo Piazza

The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist:  A Personal and Political Journey, Antony Lerman

Jesus Against the Scribal Elite:  The Origins of the Conflict, Chris Keith