book looks

I’m one of those embarrassing guys who, upon entering someone’s home for the first time, feels an uncontrollable urge to snoop through their book and CD collections. Who are these people? What makes them tick? What do they listen to? What do they read? What, no Enya?

In the interest of allowing you this intimate look into my own living room book collection, I’m beginning the process of publishing my reading lists from the past few years. I’ve kept a fairly up-to-date journal of my reading materials and want to share them with you.

This space will highlight books that are especially meaningful to me either now or in the past. It might be a fun place to share some of your own as well. To wit…

Reading List, 2001

  1. “Listening to the Saints: A Collection of Meditations from the Devotional Masters”, compiled by J. Manning Potts, ©1962
  2. “On the Pilgrim’s Way: Conversations on Christian Discipleship During a Twelve-day Walk Across England”, N. Nelson Kraybill
  3. “The Path”: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life”, Laurie Beth Jones
  4. “Conversations with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Contemporary Questions”, Harold Fickett
  5. “How the Irish Saved Civilization”, Thomas Cahill
  6. “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind”, Mark Noll
  7. “The Embarrassed Believer: Reviving Christian Witness in an Age of Unbelief”, Hugh Hewitt
  8. “Kicking Habits: Welcome Relief for Addicted Churches”, Thomas Bandy
  9. “Voices in the Night: The Prison Poems of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”, Edited/Translated by Edwin Robertson
  10. “Silent Conversations: Reading the Bible in Good Company”, Dr. Bill Apel
  11. “Reinventing Sunday: Breakthrough Ideas for Transforming Worship”, Brad Berglund
  12. “Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives”, Wayne Muller
  13. “The Inescapable Love of God”, Thomas Talbott
  14. “Wilderness Spirituality: Finding Your Way in an Unsettled World”, Rodney Romney
  15. “The Confession of Saint Patrick”, translated by John Skinner
  16. “Wisdom of the Celtic Saints”, Edward C. Sellner
  17. “The Cry of the Deer: Meditations on the Hymn of St. Patrick”, David Adam
  18. “Travelling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith”, Anne Lamott
  19. “In Living Prayer”, Robert Benson
  20. “Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy & Fairy Tale”, Frederick Buechner

Reading List, 2002

  1. “The Wisdom of the Celts”, David Adam
  2. “The Music of What Happens, Celtic Spirituality: A View from the Inside”, John J. O’Riordain
  3. “Opening the Bible”, Thomas Merton
  4. “Bread in the Wilderness”, Thomas Merton
  5. “Alcoholics Anonymous”, Bill W. & Dr. Bob
  6. “Religious Affections”, Jonathan Edwards
  7. “The Singer Trilogy”, Calvin Miller
  8. “The Edge of Glory”, David Adam
  9. “A Cup of Coffee At the Soul Café”, Leonard Sweet
  10. “Into the Depths of God”, Calvin Miller
  11. “Abba’s Child”, Brennan Manning
  12. “The Wounded Healer”, Henri Nouwen
  13. “Praise of Folly”, Erasmus
  14. “Pop Culture Wars: Religion & the Role of Entertainment in American Life”, William Romanski
  15. “The Bible Jesus Read”, Philip Yancey
  16. “Walk On-The Spiritual Journey of U2”, Steve Stockman
  17. “Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship”, Thomas Long
  18. “Blended Worship: Achieving Substance and Relevance in Worship”, Robert Webber

Reading List, 2003

  1. “The Cost of Discipleship”, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  2. “Destiny and Deliverance”, selected authors
  3. “Forward to Freedom”, David Adam
  4. “Subversive Spirituality”, Eugene Peterson
  5. “Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern Philosophy Set the Theological Agenda”, Nancey Murphy
  6. “Celtic Christianity: A Sacred Tradition, A Vision of Hope”,Timothy Joyce
  7. “The Cloister Walk”, Kathleen Norris
  8. “Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail”, Robert Webber
  9. “The Road Less Travelled”, M. Scott Peck
  10. “The Seven Story Mountain”, Thomas Merton
  11. “The Music of Creation”, John Michael Talbot
  12. “Turning Points”, Mark Noll
  13. “Honest to Jesus”, Robert Funk
  14. “A New Kind of Christian”, Brian MacLaren

Reading List, 2004

  1. “The Call”, Os Guinness
  2. “Making Sense of Church”, Spencer Burke
  3. “The Making of a Mystic”, Helen R. Bakkensen
  4. “Invitation to Catholicism, Alice Camille
  5. “The Camerons”, Robert Crichton
  6. “The Cloud of Unknowing”, Anonymous
  7. “Here and Now”, Henri Nouwen
  8. “Dakota”, Kathleen Norris
  9. “Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World”, Robert Webber
  10. “The Poet, The Warrior, The Prophet”, Rubem A. Alves
  11. “Waiting for God”, Simon Weil
  12. “Screwtape Letters”, C.S. Lewis
  13. “Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down”, Marva Dawn
  14. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, J.K. Rowling
  15. “Harry Potter and the chamber of Secrets”, J.K. Rowling
  16. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, J.K. Rowling
  17. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, J.K. Rowling
  18. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, J.K. Rowling
  19. “Welcoming But Not Affirming”, Stan Grenz
  20. “People of the Truth: The Power of the Worshipping Community in the Modern World”, Robert Webber & Rodney Clapp
  21. “How Green was My Valley”, Richard Llewellyn
  22. “City Prayers”, Martin Wallace, Bishop of Liverpool
  23. “Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of the Christian Faith”, Richard Foster

Reading List, 2005

  1. “The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World”, Robert Webber
  2. “An American Conversion”, Deal Hudson
  3. “The Book of Mystical Chapters-Meditations on the Soul’s Ascent from the Desert Father’s and other Christian Contemplatives”, translated by John Anthony McGuckin
  4. “Between Noon and Three”, Robert Farrar Capon
  5. “Dark Night of the Soul”, St. John of the Cross
  6. “Here and Now”, Henri Nouwen
  7. “Patrick”, Stephen Lawhead
  8. “Practicing the Presence of God”, Brother Lawrence
  9. “The Imitation of Christ”, Thomas a Kempis
  10. “Confessions”, St. Augustine
  11. “Word, Church, and Sacrament”, Father Louis Bouyer
  12.  The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church
  13.  “A Brief History of Just About Everything”, Bill Bryson
  14.  “Undaunted Courage”, Stephen Ambrose
  15.  “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation”, Parker J. Palmer
  16.  “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”, Pope John Paul II
  17.  Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling

I started a new ministry in 2006 that makes hobbling together my reading list especially challenging. Secondly, the high stress nature of the first two years made recreational reading just that, recreational and, as such, almost non-existent. I’ll try to reintegrate the lists from 2006 and 2007. Until then, however, I share my reading lists from 2008-2011 almost all of which contain books from my master’s degree required reading lists.

Reading List, 2008

  1. Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster ©1998
  2. Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland, M. Robert ©1993
  3. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen, Notre Dame: Ave Maria, 2000
  4. The Selfless Way of Christ Henri Nouwen, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991
  5. The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2007
  6. The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser ©1999.
  7. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun ©2005
  8. Celebration of Disciplines: The Path to Spiritual Growth (25th Anniversary Edition) by Richard Foster ©2003
  9. Biblical Foundations of Spirituality: Touching a Finger to the Flame by Barbara E. Lanham Bowe ©2003
  10. The Art of Reading Scripture Ellen F. Davis and Richard B. Hays, eds. ©2003
  11. The Gospel of Luke: The New International Commentary on the New Testament by Joel B.  Green ©1997
  12. Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel by Luke Timothy Johnson ©1999
  13. Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation by M. Robert Mulholland ©2000
  14. Spiritual Landscape: Images of the Spiritual Luke in the Gospel of Luke by James L. Resseguie ©2004
  15. Living the Story: Biblical Spirituality for Everyday Christians by R. Paul Stevens and Michael Green ©2003
  16. Luke: Abingdon New Testament Commentaries by Robert C. Tannehill ©1996
  17. Thirsty for God: A Brief History of Christian Spirituality by Bradley P. Holt ©2005.
  18. St. Ignatius, Epistle to the Ephesians
  19. St. Athanasius, The Life of Antony
  20. St. Augustine, Confessions
  21. A Plain Account of Christian Perfection by John Wesley
  22. The Way of a Pilgrim (anonymous – portions only)
  23. St Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton ©1990
  24. Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers: Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove ©2008

Hang tight. The rest are coming…

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