Back in February I offered a series of quick comments on the the last batch of books I’d read, and now I’m back for another round. Here’s a current look at what I’ve been reading, complete with Amazon affiliate links for good measure:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway — Decades after the fact, Hemingway wrote this account of his life in 1920s Paris as a young man. He was a master of words, obviously, and so his descriptions of his work, travels, meals, and friend is always fascinating and, at times, moving. On a personal level, it was comforting to read as Hemingway recounted his doubts about his ability to write his first novel. If even Hemingway had his doubts, perhaps my own doubts aren’t the harbingers of doom I make them out to be.
All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir by Brennan Manning — I love a good memoir, and what a life Manning lived, from abuse to alcoholism to priesthood to more alcoholism. Yes, men make stories, but All is Grace is a good reminder that stories make men too.
The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight — I’ve been a fan of McKnight’s since I heard him speak a few years ago and began following his blog. If the idea of accurately defining the gospel interests you, read this book.
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff — Who is Bob Goff to teach us about discovering an incredible life? Simple: He’s a guy who is living an incredible life. Goff is wise, compassionate, endearing, hilarious, and just plain different from those of us mired in quiet desperation. Bob Goff is the real deal, and I enjoyed his first book very much.
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner — Either you’ve already experienced life in the valley or you will experience life in the valley. Either way, Winner’s book will prove meaningful. She’s such a talented writer with a raw story to tell and a wonderful ability to invoke Scripture, theology, and literature.
With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani — Jethani draws upon his experience as a pastor to examine the ways in which we traditionally approach God: Life Under God, Live Over God, Life For God, Life From God. Each of these approaches is unsatisfying, particularly in light of the approach Jethani champions: Life With God. I’d gladly recommend this book to you.
A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars by Jonathan Merritt — I’m about done with this one, and I’m glad I picked it up. Merritt’s book isn’t a plea for a more conservative or a more liberal Church. Rather, he’s after a more active Church, one that is less concerned with chasing political power in order to change the world from the top. As a rapidly again millennial, Merritt is one of the voices I want to represent my generation.
The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard — It’s so great. It’s so, so great. Willard is an uber-combination of wisdom, conviction, and outright brilliance. His writing is so dense with greatness that I’m struggling to progress through this book. But I know when I do finally finish it, I’ll be better for it.
That’s it for now. What should I read next?