Monday, November 12, 2007

Books I Really Want (and you should buy for me!)

My wishlist has been steadily growing. Even though I'm reading about six books at the moment, there are so many more that I want to read! Here's a snapshot of future books for digestion:

unChristian - It's a book on emerging generations based on research and study of American culture. I've heard lots of other blogs reference this, and I'm very interested in emerging culture, so this is definitely on my reading list.

No Perfect People Allowed - What would it look like if a church was a loving community bringing in broken people, instead of a closed community shunning the "different" ones? I'm excited to see what principles or ideas can transfer to a junior high ministry context.

The Imitation of Christ - A classic in Christian literature by Thomas a Kempis. I've been intrigued by Christian classics recently; I want to hear what some really smart and Godly guys had to say a long time ago.

The Primal Teen - This book explains some of the biology of the human brain during the teenage years. Marko mentioned this book in a seminar at the Youth Specialties conference, and I've been wanting to read it ever since. If we can understand how teens develop and grow, perhaps we can love them better.

Consuming Jesus - This recent book was written by a Multnomah seminary prof, Paul Metzger. I don't know anything about it, except that Metzger has some awesome things to say about church and theology, and the subtitle is "beyond race and class divisions in a consumer church."

The Forgotten Ways - I'm excited to read a new perspective on missional living and vintage faith in our 21st century context.

Deadly Viper Character Assassins - Just the title is worth the purchase! It's about integrity in leadership and dealing with some of the common pitfalls leaders must actively avoid.

The Kingdom of God is Within You - This Leo Tolstoy book intrigues me. The title comes from a passage in Luke about the kingdom of God in our midst. I'm interested to see what a Russian novelist has to say on the subject.

If you would like to purchase one of these books for me, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email! I would happy to receive your gracious gift!

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