I asked the A2 Facebook group to suggest good books. Specifically, what are your top 3-10 favorite books (besides the Bible) on the social dimensions of being a disciple of Jesus?
I started the conversation with this list (in alphabetical order):
–The Externally Focused Church (Rusaw & Swanson)
–Generous Justice (Keller)
–Good News about Injustice (Haugen)
–The Hole in Our Gospel (Stearns)
–Jesus for President (Claiborne & Haw)
–The Original Revolution (J.H. Yoder)
–The Politics of Jesus (J.H. Yoder) [the most academic book on the list; most of us must use wikipedia or a theological dictionary for the full argument to sink in]
–Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (Sider)
–Shalom (P. Yoder)
–Welfare Ministry (White)
What 4 characteristics are common to each author except one? They’re all white, North American, presumably middle-class, men (except for EG White who fits all those besides gender). Clearly, I need to read more widely.
Here are the other suggestions:
Karen Kotoske: Any book by Henri Nouwen
Sara-Beth Swanson: In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.
- There is a new book released by R&H (2012) on reaching cities, a new compilation. Debunks how Country Living was compiled in many ways, so I can see why it couldn’t be an estate release. I will get you a title when I get behind my desk.
- Al Tizon just released “Missional Preaching” (2012), it categorizes contemporary thought on what is ‘Missional’ into 4 categories then explores threads throughout the categories. By outline, It is written much like Emerging Churches. Although intended to be a homeletic textbook, it is a great primer on mission intention, on service over growth. Puts a bit more emphasis on the importance of the pulpit than I can appreciate it, but he is very balanced in showing many in the Missional movement prefer the conversation, making the book equally applicable.
- Kingdom Ethics- while intimidating in page number to some, can be read by chapter on a topic of interest. Great primer on contemporary Christian social ethic / social apologetics. Surprisingly easy read for an apologetic.
- With Justice for All- John Perkins. Outlines his philosophy of Relocation, Reconciliation, Redistribution
- Churches that make a difference- Sider & Unruh. Examples of churches impacting the Philadelphia area
- Jack Dennison-City Reaching. “Fourth Quadrant” Strategy
- Tony Campolo-Revolution & Renewal. More a hodge-Podge of ideas than specific strategy
- Monte Sahlin- Understanding Your Community. A step-by-step to conduct a community needs assesment
- “Doing Local Theology”- Excellent book on assessing communities
- Ministry to the cities- http://www.reviewandherald.com/index.php/products/profile/9780828026659.rhpa
- Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the United States-Borwick. A call for artists to be involved in community development.
- Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
- When Helping Hurts
- Generous Justice
- The Silent Church
- The Prophetic Imagination
- A Public Faith
- The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day
- Surprised by Hope
- Living Soul, by E.E. Cleveland.
- Ellen G.White and Church Race Relations, by Ron Graybill.
- Between Two Worlds
- Barefoot in Baghdad
- Half the Sky
- Three Cups of Tea
- The Faith Club
If you have more suggestions, share them in the comments section.