Renovation of the Heart by Dallas Willard // This work by modern day theological giant Willard covers spiritual transformation, putting on the character of Christ, restoring the soul & living as children of the light. It took me over a year to read because each page, each chapter is so deep and dense, but I highly recommend it for anyone willing to dive in.
Rich, Thirsty & Hungry by Jamie Lisea // This storyteller depicts Jesus and Biblical parables in a modern day setting in a way that moved me to tears. Only three chapters long, I couldn’t put it down in the midst of each beautifully told story that showed me Jesus in a new and very real light. I highly recommend this book to any reader of any faith background.
Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch // Despite the lame title and embarrassing cover, my mom assured this was worth the read, and yes, the content is real and bold. The story of an ordinary mom who said “yes” to God, and fully realizes the power of one. She boldly calls the reader to step out in faith and say yes to God.
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott // Raw & real memoir of a woman who understands unconditional grace & love, and has truly experienced the church as a family. She weaves the stories of her life in a poetic and real way, drawing into her story of redemption, imperfection and forgiveness.
The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Brenda Salter-McNeil & Rich Richardson // A bold call to action, commissioning this generation to step into reconciliation and justice. The authors explain how stepping into a life of worship can build bridges and reveal to us who God created us to be. Racial justice is a very real issue today in this country and around the world and should not be overlooked, so take a read. Also Brenda Salter McNeil is one of my all time favorite preachers…google her! :)
One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian // Over and over again Tchividjian tells us of God’s grace and love that is overflowing and unending. Grace is wild and unsettling and freeing and undeserved, and for all of us sinners. You’ll leave this book that the message of Grace ingrained in your heart.
How to Read Exodus by Tremper Longman III // Exodus is a long, eventful and sometimes confusing book in the Old Testament. This book does exactly what it claims to do, so don’t expect a commentary. Well annotated, filled with references and discussion questions, this book is best suited for academic & theologically minded readers.
Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton // In the past I have read a number of books similar to this, such as “When Helping Hurts” (highly recommend) which have been more focused on international missions and outreach. Lupton touched on both internationally and local service which I really appreciated. He speaks of empowerment and partnership, and avoiding dependence and quick fixes. One of the final chapters is all about “the oath for compassionate service” including empowerment, listening, and doing no harm (along with others), which I think is an excellent approach for lovingly serving others, without creating dependability. Although not particularly well written or engaging, it’s worth the read for the sake of solid content.
See you Sunday at 5!