Part of my job as a campus minister is to read (at least, that’s how I see it). Reading helps me continue to learn and grow as a pastor, Christian and person. Here are a few books I have read recently:
*After You Believe by NT Wright – a follow up to Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, here Wright asks the question that many Christians ask: what are we supposed to do as Christians throughout life (i.e., after we believe)? Wright’s answer is the development of a Christian character which is a lifelong process, empowered by the Spirit and grace every step of the way.
*Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola – a call to restore the Supremacy of Christ in all things in the Christian life. This book reminds us of the absolute centrality of Jesus Christ, which Christians too often forget.
*God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen Prothero – Many say that all religions, at their core, are the same. Prothero shows the fallacy in this, illustrating how the world religions differ greatly.
*Mere Churchanity by Michael Spencer – Written by the popular InternetMonk prior to his passing away last spring, this book is in some ways similar to Jesus Manifesto in its call to the church to restore Jesus Christ alone to the center of who we are. Written more to an audience of people who are leaving or considering leaving the church as well as in a more pastoral style, this is a good read in combination with Jesus Manifesto.
*The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson – This book has become a best-seller in America after originally coming out in Sweden. A good story, though not for the faint-of-heart as it tackles quite dark subject matter.
*Confessions by Augustine – I first read this classic in college and just re-read it recently. A wonderful and encouraging story.
*Works of Athanasius – I enjoy the early church fathers so I read a good bit of Athanasius recently also. His On the Incarnation is a classic treatise about Jesus’ incarnation and his Life of St. Antony is a great biography of one of the first Christians to take up the monastic life.
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