On her blog the other day, Toni listed her all-time favorite books. I’m not in such a retrospective mood, but I thought I could list my reading list from the last few months.
Confessions of a Reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll – If you’ve read Blue Like Jazz, then you have some idea of who Mark Driscoll is. His full name isn’t mentioned, he’s only "Mark the Cussing Pastor." I’m a fan of this book because Mark is brutally honest about the struggles that his church has gone through. As someone young in the land o’ ministry, this book feels somewhat like a handbook that I’ll be going back to every few years.
Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell – I would have liked this book if I had read it earlier, but this summer was the perfect time to read it becuase I was able to read the book and then see Rob Bell in person on the "Everything is Spiritual" tour. Some parts of the book are shallow, others are life-changing, but overall it is a very good read.
In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen – Nouwen discusses the temptation of Jesus and some contemporary parallels. My favorite, aka the one that knocked me over, is the comparison of Jesus turning stones to bread with the temptation to be relevant. Relevant is a huge buzzword among ministers today, and the need for relevance drives a lot of thinking. But is relevance what people ultimately need?
Books I Am Currently Reading:
The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
The Seven Checkpoints by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall
Books I Started and Couldn’t Finish for One Reason or Another:
A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren
No Place for Truth by David Wells (not the Red Sox / Padres / Yankee / Blue Jay Pitcher)
The Younger Evangelicals by Robert Webber