Need Your Recommendations

My wife recently found a Barnes and Nobles gift card that has about 15 or so dollars left on it. She figured I’d have more use for it, so she gave it to me.

If you would be kind enough to send me some book titles that I can find at Barnes and Nobles, that would be great.

I just finished reading Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell. And am beginning to reread Adam Hamilton’s Unleashing the Word.

So, if there’s a book that you think a young, up and coming clergy should read, please let me know.

8 thoughts on “Need Your Recommendations

  1. The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch
    The Unnecessary Pastor by Eugene Peterson & Marva Dawn
    Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
    Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Imitation of Christ by Thomas a’Kempis

  2. How about something completely unrelated to Christianity and church? A good suspense novel perhaps? I must admit, I find it hard myself to read things for pure pleasure, partly because I do enjoy books like Cost of Discipleship, and mostly because there’s already bunches of books on my shelf that I haven’t touched, and since my reading time is usually at a premium with a one-year old at home, I want to read ‘something that will matter’. Guess I should start practicing what I’m preaching to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have a huge stacks of assigned books from seminary that I never read. Haha. I don’t know how I passed, but I should read them too.

    Thank you all for your recommendations. Keep ’em coming!

    I wrote them all down for now, and one day soon, have plans to go down to Barnes and Nobles to buy a book.
    I’m going to see what they have in stock, and choose from there.
    I doubt that I’ll walk away with just one book.

    So many books to read… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh boy. Here we go. Ironically, I’ve been reading more Christian based stuff lately, but I’ll give it a try:

    MUST reads:
    No Logo by Naomi Klein – There’s so much I could say about this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. It will definitely evoke emotion in you. I actually have two copies of this book because it’s that freaking good.

    Disposable People by Kevin Bales – I have to give this book one of my highest recommendation. This is a heart wrenching report on modern day slavery, how it exists, the ordeals that modern day slaves go through, and how we contribute to the problem. You’d be surprised.

    Fun reads:
    The year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs – I didn’t finish this book, but I really wanted to. I really love his writing style. It’s about an agnostic dude that tries to live without sin for a year. That includes not touching anything his wife has touched when she’s on her period for seven days, wearing tassels on his sleeves, prayer, and every other rule given to us in the Bible. It’s funny and interesting.

    Know it All by A.J. Jacobs – About how he read the Encyclopedia Britannica front to back, and gives all sorts of wonderful trivia with insightful and funny personal stories.

    Naked by David Sedaris – It’s funny, sarcastic, but kind of gentle. About a gay man growing up in North Carolina, and his experiences with his family. I liked this book.

    Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman – The same guy that made Invincible, but this one’s about zombies, and is a lot more somber.

    Stuff I might have recommended or loaned to you before, but not sure:
    Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne – One of the funniest books I’ve read in a while.
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – My favorite book. Pulitzer prize winning fiction about two Jewish comic book creators.
    Middlesex – My second favorite book. It’s about a hermaphrodite, and it’s awesome. Also winner of the Pulitzer prize.

    That’s the creme de la creme off the top of my head. Tell me if you read any of these.

  5. “Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls

    i just finished reading this awesome book. it’s “Jeanette’s” true life story. i work with young teens who have been kicked out of school. some see these kids as bad kids. i see them as totally awesome kids, who just come from really bad home situations. unbelievable what are young kids have to endure. it’s just not fair! anyway, this books helps to remind the reader to not be so judgemental about someone who does not behave the way you think one should behave. one never knows what they have had to endure in their lifetime and the obstacles they have had to face. it helps the christian to be more like Christ and show Christs love to these people, extend grace and have compassion. as opposed to pre-judging them and tossing them aside.

    God Bless your ministry,

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