I have been asked multiple times about a reading list. Which books, devotionals, studies, etc., have helped to shape my world-view and inform my theology?
Perhaps because I have so little time or energy to actually read these days, it was fun to compile this extremely partial list for a reader who asked me for some suggestions. When I say it is partial, I mean it is probably about 1% of what I'd like to recommend. I'm west coast now, without most of my books. The next time I'm in Georgia, I want to make a more complete formal "census."
(...which will appear on the new blog!)
Yes, it's still coming. It's almost ready.
But this week it has seemed as if all the evil forces in the universe are trying to prevent its completion.
Soooo...if anyone 'feels an urging' to pray for me, a tiny prayer request might be for the gift of time. And peace. And vision. And direction. And guidance. And peace. And....
Hey, I know you've got other things to do.
In the meantime...
Here's a place to start, if you've never done much reading on faith or theology:
*Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis (or What Christians Believe, a shorter version.)
*The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis
The Business of Heaven, C. S. Lewis (or any compilation of his other works.)
(Actually, anything at all by C.S. Lewis)
The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning
Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen
Basic Christianity, John Stott
Hind’s Feet in High Places, Hannah Hurnard Smith (an allegory)
In the Grip of Grace, Max Lucado
Breaking Free, Beth Moore
Where is God When It Hurts? Philip Yancey
Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott
Girl Meets God, Lauren Winner
*My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers ( but not '101.')
(Excellent, short, accessible readings from the Christian classics, including St. Augustine, St. Theresa, Hannah W. Smith, Amy Carmichael, Julian of Norwich, Thomas a’ Kempis, St. John of the Cross, and more. Some still in print and available on Amazon.)
Talking With God, Francois Fenelon
The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence
Also, I like to read “JAR” (the books of John, Acts, and Romans) straight through, almost as a novel or single narrative. Those 3 seem to represent the essence of the Christian message to me: What happened, the response of the witnesses, and the theology behind the events. Right now, I am really enjoying my NLT (New Living Translation) version of the Bible. It makes it seem fresh and new.
Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby
Any of Beth Moore’s studies
Just ordered N.T. Wright’s study of Romans…will let you know how it is.
So many other good ones…I’ll have to look through stacks when I get back to GA.
I'd love to hear YOUR suggestions....maybe you can help jog my old memory cells. Which readings have meant the most to you? Been responsible for the most spiritual growth?
Thank you for your faithfulness and prayers during yet another transitional time.