On Sunday evening I turned in a couple of papers for a denominational history class I’d taken back in January. Free time has been in short supply these days and those two papers grabbed what little remained. Kudos to those of you who are employed and pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees… this homework reminded me how tiring that juggling act can be. Not to mention how little time is left for books of your own choosing.
But there is always some time. Right?
As noted by the quote from Charles Sherrod on Monday, I continue to work through Charles Marsh’s The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, From the Civil Rights Movement to Today. “Work” is the wrong word; this book has been nothing but pleasure. Difficult at times and vast in its scope, but always a pleasure. It’s rare that I will attempt to foist a book before finishing it, but I’ve been vigorously recommending The Beloved Community to unsuspecting friends and acquaintances (and, possibly, a stranger or two) over the past few days. A more thorough review will be posted once I’ve actually finished.
For the past three weeks I’ve been using The Paraclete Psalter: A Four Week Cycle for Daily Prayer for times of prayer. While I’ve become more familiar with structured prayer though the Divine Hours, this is my first experience with the Psalter. Given that the Psalms have always centered Christianity’s prayer life, I’m finding this book to be particularly helpful.
Steve Sherwood is a long-distance friend, someone I’ve only talked face-to-face with a couple of times. Steve’s first book, Embraced: Prodigals at the Cross, has just been published by Wipf and Stock and my copy arrived last week. From what I can tell, the book examines metaphors for God’s atoning work through Christ by looking at the stories of the Bible. As one who is convinced that Christianity needs all of the Biblical metaphors for the atonement to even begin understanding the immensity of God’s saving work, I’m intrigued by Steve’s approach and look forward to the stories he tells and retells.
Our first series of sermons at the church plant in Bronzeville will center on Jesus’ resurrection. In the End- The Beginning by Jurgen Moltmann (my well-kept used copy courtesy of the Powell’s bookstore a few blocks from home) will join my worn copy of N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope as supplementary study materials for these sermons.
And you? What books currently reside on your nightstand?