I’ve really picked up on reading over the last few years. So much that it’s been hard to keep a consistent reading list. I’ll usually find myself jumping between a bunch of different books as people recommend them to me. I thought maybe having a (pending) reading list – let’s be honest, it might change – might help me to work through some books without getting distracted by the latest suggestion.
Ever since I’ve gone into full time ministry I’ve tended to focus on books on church or ministry development, so I’m trying to throw in a couple other genre’s to mix it up a bit. Anyway, here’s my (pending) reading list for 2014!:
Who’s Got Time? by Teri Peterson and Amy Fetterman: Teri and Amy explore why it’s important for an increasingly busy culture to have spiritual practices. As someone who works with incredibly busy youth, I thought this would be a helpful read.
Youth Ministry In A Post-Christian World by Brock Morgan: I’m really interested to hear a perspective from someone doing ministry in a post-christian culture – especially since I believe America as a whole is moving the direction of post-christian.
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey: I guess you could say I grew up as a Jesus feminist (my mom is a pastor), but after hearing a podcast interview with her, I knew I had to check out her book.
Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu: I have yet to read a book on the homosexuality/church debate written by someone from the LGBT community. Plus I’ve been really hesitant to say much about the topic without knowing someone and reading someone from that community.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: One of my side goals has been to read, on a regular basis, some kind of fiction just for fun – no academic, no ministry development, no spiritual growth. Just something to get my imagination flowing.
The Cross In Our Context by Douglass John Hall: found this book in the footnote of another book I read last year. Hall’s book deals with the implications that Jesus on the cross might have for our post-modern and post-christian culture.
Paul And The Faithfulness Of God by N.T. Wright: I’ll call this my “nerding-out-marathon-read.” I was really on the fence about trying to take on a book like this, but I’ve decided to give it a go. Here we go!
Redefining The Role Of The Youth Worker by April Diaz: Youth Ministry has been making some shifts in the past decade and I’m curious to hear April’s thoughts. I’m particularly interested in hearing her thoughts on how we not just bring in more youth, but integrate them into the church as fully functioning (not “Junior ___________” or “Youth _____________) members of the community.