I recently blogged through a series on all the books I read in 2007. Over the last few days I have found a number that I didn’t put in the list. So, I’m adding them below.
First, if you missed the other sections here is what I posted on so far:
- Missional Theology
- General Theology
- Church Leadership
- Pastoral Leadership
- General Leadership (Business Books & Fiction)
Now, here are some that I missed:
Proper Confidence by Lesslie Newbigin
I wrote a longer blog post on this one because it was so good. As I was struggling through a time where I was wrestling with faith, doubt and reason, this was a big, big help. I canâ€™t recommend it enough.
The Lord and His Prayer by NT Wright
A fantastic little book by NT Wright on the Lordâ€™s Prayer. Sometimes I think that Wright reads the Kingdom into things that it doesnâ€™t need to be read into, and I htink he does this a few times in this book. But the book is a great reflection on the Lordâ€™s prayer. If you havenâ€™t done much study on it, Iâ€™d suggest this book in a heartbeat.
Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
Fantastic book. I always enjoy Eugene Peterson and this was no exception. I lent out this book and I am having a hard time remembering specifics but I read it in a day.
The Sky is Falling by Alan Roxburgh
Alan Roxburgh tackles an issue that has become close to my heart. The issue is this: Young emergent minded leaders need the older leaders get that the world is changing and canâ€™t help but address this â€œdiscontinuous changeâ€. He calls the older guys â€œliminalsâ€ and the younger guys emergents.
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
Shane Claiborne is and uncool kind of cool. And so is his book. Here is a story of a guy who dared to take the Bible as literally as possible when it talks about caring for the poor. While I donâ€™t think that everyone is called to live among the poor in the inner city (most of you know my passion for transforming the suburbs) I think that more of us are than have followed that call and I want to live as radically here in the burbs as he does there. Basically, if you feel really comfortable with your Christian life, read this book. Itâ€™ll wreck ya a bit, in a good way.
Barth for Armchair Theologians by John Franke
I took class on Karl Barth in Seminary and was assigned this book. My professor wrote it. Kinda self-serving isnâ€™t it?! Even if it was, it was an excellent primer on the life and theology of Karl Barth. People really knock Barth without ever reading him. There is good reason for this, Barth is incredibly hard to read. If you want to knock Barth, at least read this book first. Itâ€™s really fantastic. (I think I actually read this in 2006 but it was at the end of 06 so I am counting it for this year).
How to Read Karl Barth by George Hunsinger
Yeah, so this book needs a companion guide to it called â€œHow to Read the book How to Read Karl Barth.â€ Its that tough. But, it is worth it. This book shares the four main â€œmotifsâ€ of Barthâ€™s writing: â€œactualism,â€ â€œparticularism,â€ â€œobjectivism,â€ personalism, realism, rationalism. Of course, that list of â€œismsâ€ is no help to you since I havenâ€™t defined them for you. If your interest is peaked, get the book and put on some extra bold coffee. (I think I actually read this in 2006 but it was at the end of 06 so I am counting it for this year).
A note about these design books:
In the last three years I have noticed that there are parallel worlds in the design industry and in the church. In the church world we have a number of reform movements (emergent, missional, etc) where those involved in these movements have seen some flaws in how church is done and are looking to reform it. In the design world, there is a movement called the Web Standards Movement that is seeking to reform and fix all the horrendous practices the industry has picked up along the way. Its bizarre on just how similar these two worlds are. I think Iâ€™ll write a blog post about this later.
Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton
This is a book that talks about the history and serves as a guide to typography for designers, writers and editors. I am learning that web design is more typography than I first realized. Weâ€™re not talking about just picking fonts, its much more than that. If you are a designer and donâ€™t have any formal education on typography, Iâ€™d recommend this book.
Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm
A friend of mine gave me this book a while ago and I finally got around to reading it this year. Itâ€™s really helpful. Really, its about making websites that work in all different browsers and in all kinds of situations, using web standards. Its nice when someone who writes a book about something is also really stinking good at it. Dan is a top notch designer who I would love to be like someday. His site is awesome.
Kinds self-explanitory. Its a book on advanced HTML. Very, very, very good. Highly recommended.
Also fairly self-explanatory. A book on advanced CSS (cascading style sheets).