(Experimented with close-up shots when the sun came out after a rain this week.)
I've put up lists the past two years of the books I've read. This year, I'm only posting the ones I think are the best of what I read.
Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs
An interesting perspective from a guy who tries to follow every command in the Bible.
Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Barbara Kingsolver
Made me think seriously about America's and my relationship with food.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Insight into the perspective of the working poor.
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
Apparently this is a classic and I didn't know about it – a white guy colored his skin to look black in 1959 and wrote about it.
The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris
Faith, Culture, Church:
Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
My first Bonhoeffer book – more to follow!
Jesus For President, Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
Jesus Wants to Save Christians, Rob Bell, Don Golden
Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture, Lesslie Newbigin
Thought-provoking, action-inducing looks at American/Western culture and the gospel.
A Tree Full of Angels: Seeing the Holy in the Ordinary, Macrina Wiederkehr
Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, Richard Rohr
How come the Catholics seem to have the corner on contemplative wisdom?
New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today's Church, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Both of these are about crossing our society's boundaries to live in community.
Life With God, Richard Foster
A balance to his earlier work, Celebration of Discipline.
Speaking My Mind, Tony Campolo
Made me think hard and re-examine what I believe.
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
Home, Marilynne Robinson
In the Beginning, Chaim Potok
Davita's Harp, Chaim Potok
Potok and M. Robinson are two of my favorite authors.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
Hudson Taylor, Howard Taylor
Mountain rain: A biography of James O. Fraser, Eileen Crossman
Missionary biographies keep the fire lit under me.
Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History, Bruce Cumings
China's Christian Millions, Tony Lambert
Still trying to understand East Asia! These books were helpful.
What Are People For?, Wendell Berry
My first Wendell Berry book. He was (and still is) way before his time. We desperately need his perspective.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
I think I've said this before, but Annie Dillard is a genius.