#15 – A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (My 100 Favorite Books)

Taylor’s enormous book begins with a question: Why was belief in God taken for granted in the West in 1500 but highly questioned, if not even non-belief taken for granted, in 2000?  What changed? In answering this question, Taylor argues that the common story does not provide a sufficient explanation.  Usually, so it goes, asContinue reading “#15 – A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#16 – The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning (My 100 Favorite Books)

I’ve been thinking about spiritual practice a lot lately.  Many of the recent books on my list have centered on spiritual disciplines.  On campus, we are talking about (and hopefully engaging in) spiritual disciplines each week at our weekly gatherings.  My small group is reading a book on spiritual disciplines together.  I fully believe addingContinue reading “#16 – The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#17 – Confessions by Augustine (My 100 Favorite Books)

“Our hearts are restless till they find rest in you.” If you’re a Christian, or someone who has read Christian books, or even just spiritual books perhaps, you’ve probably heard this phrase.  It is from Confessions, the autobiography of Augustine, the bishop of Hippo in North Africa in the 400s.  Augustine was the most influentialContinue reading “#17 – Confessions by Augustine (My 100 Favorite Books)”

The Lord is our Strength – Psalm 27 (Weekly Word)

What is pressing in upon you right now?  What is stressing you out? Read Psalm 27 This psalm begins: The Lord is my light and my salvation—     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—     of whom shall I be afraid? This passage is why I want to pray the psalmsContinue reading “The Lord is our Strength – Psalm 27 (Weekly Word)”

#28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)

Today we look back on the acceptance of slavery in the 1800s and before and ask what those people were thinking. How could they accept such a horrific crime to continue in their midst? Or we look to our more recent past and cringe at the crimes done by those in favor of segregation. Again,Continue reading “#28 – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you’re a fan of history, this is an absolutely brilliant history of the Civil War.  That said, McPherson begins the story in 1844 (where What Hath God Wrought, #65 on my list, left off).  The first chapter tells of the lead up to the war.  I wish the first chapter were published as aContinue reading “#35 – Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (My 100 Favorite Books)”

Who do you trust? (Psalm 25, Weekly Word)

Who are the people in your life that you trust? Has anyone ever betrayed a trust?  How does that feel?  What would it take for you to trust them again? Read Psalm 25 The Psalm begins with a declaration of trust, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”  After this the Psalm seemsContinue reading “Who do you trust? (Psalm 25, Weekly Word)”

#41 – Animal Farm by George Orwell (My 100 Favorite Books)

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Coming at the end of his story of animals overthrowing their human masters to set up a utopian community where all are equal, this sentence is chilling.  Orwell’s other classic book, 1984, also ends on a chilling note (He loved Big Brother!).  ForContinue reading “#41 – Animal Farm by George Orwell (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#47 – The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (My 100 Favorite Books)

I remember picking up this book at Borders Bookstore back in the late 90s.  Most of my reading then was Star Wars novels, when I had a break from required reading for my freshman year of college.  I had also read Lord of the Rings and was interested in more fantasy reading.  I believe theContinue reading “#47 – The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#55 The Mission of God by Christopher Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

I often tell people that I learned stories from the Bible ever since I was a small child, but it was not until my twenties or so that I saw how all the disparate stories in the Bible tell one big story.  One of the books, perhaps the best book, that helped me see thisContinue reading “#55 The Mission of God by Christopher Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)”