Book Recommendations

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.

Andrew Clark:

  • 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-
  • Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the United States-Borwick. A call for artists to be involved in community development.

Nathan Brown:

  • 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

Victor Magana:

  • Living Soul, by E.E. Cleveland.
  • Ellen G.White and Church Race Relations, by Ron Graybill.

Lorilea Mitchell:

  • 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.

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2 Responses to Book Recommendations

  1. Doug Morgan says:

    The Promise of Peace, by Charles Scriven
    Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution, by Andre Trocme
    Mere Discipleship, by Lee Camp
    Colossians Re-mixed, by Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian Walsh
    The Moral Vision of the New Testament, by Richard Hays
    Kingdom Ethics, by Glen Stassen and David Gushee
    He Came Preaching Peace, by J.H. Yoder

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