2014 Reading List

reading listHave you started your 2014 reading list? One of the most exciting things for me in 2014 is for the first time in about 7 years I can pick all my own books to read. I have been in graduate school for last eight years and Undergrad before that. I have started to put together some of the books I want to read this year. I think the hardest thing is trying to narrow down a book list. So here is what I think I will be reading in 2014.

deep church1. Deep Church- Jim Belcher

In truth I started this in 2013 but I started it the end of the December. I really excited about this one as my church is in the process of developing alternative expressions of worship. I hope this book will help us with that exploration.

2.  Pastor- Eugene Petersonthe pastor

I read this once already, but it is a good read and well worth revisiting it again this year. I think it will help me to explore my pastoral identity.

journey to the common good3. Journey to the Common Good- Walter Brueggemann

This book is a few years old but I am excited to read it. I really enjoy Walter Brueggemann and I look forward to reading his response to challenges we face in this world.

4. Youth Ministry in a Post Christian World-Brook Morganyouth minsitry in a post-christian world

One of the biggest changes I have noticed in the last few years of youth ministry is parents not wanting their kids to get involved in the church. Several times I have had students come to youth group with a friend after introducing myself to their parents I come to find out the parent does not want their kid to come to youth group regularly. I think this is a new an emerging landscape and I am interested to read Brook Morgan’s take on this societal change.

march book one5. March Book One-  John Lewis

This is actually a comic book. John Lewis is a congressman and a leader in the civil rights movement this is the first book in a series about his life.

6. An Altar in the World- Barbara Brown Tayloran altar in the world

I recently read Barbara Brown Taylor’s “leaving Church” and I am excited to read the next installment in her spiritual journey.

the new jim crow7.The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexandar

This looks like a fascinating book, I think it will help me to better understand the structural sin that is inherent within our modern society.

8.  The Rebirth of Orthodoxy- Thomas Odenrebirth of orthodoxy

This one is a little bit older but I am interested to read Oden’s take on Church renewal.

story sign and sacred rhythms10. Story, Signs and Sacred Rhythms – Chris Folmsbee

In this book, Chris Folmsbee develops his concept of Narrative Youth Ministry where students are invited to participate in a theological rich environment that helps them better live out a transformational life.

11. Playing God- Andy Crouchplaying  god

I have been so impressed with Andy Crouch, a few years ago I heard him speak at a local youth ministry meeting.  I am exciting to hear his thoughts on power and how the dynamics of power affect those we interact with.

paradox of disability12.  The Paradox of Disability: Responses to Jean Vanier and L’Arche Communities from Theology and the Sciences – Hans S.  Reinders

One of the biggest issues facing the church is its lack of response to people with disabilities. L’Arche is purposeful community where people with and without disabilities develop a community together and care for one another.

13.  It Happens: True Tales from the Trenches of Youth Ministry – Will Pennerit happens true tales from the

This has been sitting on my kindle for a little while. It seems like a light but an encouraging read.

planting churches in the 21st14. Planting Churches in the 21st Century- Stuart Murray

This was recommended by a friend, my hope is it will help with the additional worship service my church is planning.

15. The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability – Nancy L. Eieslandthe disabled god

I have wanted to read this one for several years but have not had the time because of Seminary.  I am excited to read Eiesland argument for a God who connects to those who are disabled.

faith-rooted organizing16.  Faith- Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World – Rev. Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel

I am always looking for ways to inspire my students to participate in service. My hope is that will help me to better mobilize and inspire my students to greater levels of service.

I am sure as the year progresses my reading list will change and items will be added and removed from this list, but the real question is what are you planning on reading in 2014?


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