Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Books and Baby Bacteria

We're starting a book club at our church next week, and I thought I'd post some of the books that we may eventually get to reading in the future. The first book we'll tackle is Hauerwas' Resident Aliens, which I plan on finishing this week (thoughts on that to come). If you'd like to look these titles up, feel free to use the Amazon search box on this page.

Also, my youngest son currently smells like someone emptied a can of sharp cheddar easy cheese into a tub of banana yogurt under a heat lamp. It actually hurts my face to hold him. It's not his fault, of course -- but the kind of bacteria infants collect in a short amount of time defies probability calculus.

Anyhoo, here's that list . . .

  1. Mere Discipleship by Lee C. Camp (Christian living)
  2. Overcoming the World: Grace to Win The Daily Battle by Joel R. Beeke (Christian Living)
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Novel)
  4. Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper (Christian Living)
  5. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  6. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Novel)
  7. Going Public with the Gospel by Lon Allison and Mark Anderson (Christian Living)
  8. Foolishness to the Greeks by Leslie Newbigin (Worldview)
  9. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Novel)
  10. The Secret of Self control by Richard Ganz (Counseling)
  11. Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World by Paul Harris and Doug Schaupp (Worldview)
  12. The First Circle by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Novel)
  13. Heaven is Not My Home: Living in the Now of God’s Creation by Paul Marshall (Christian Living)
  14. Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning and Living by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. (Worldview)
  15. Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov (Novel)
  16. God is Not: Religious, Nice, One of Us, an American, a Capitalist by D. Brent Laytham (Worldview)
  17. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton (Novel)
  18. What’s So Amazing About Grace? By Philip Yancey (Christian Living)
  19. Hospitality Commands by Alexander Strauch (Christian Living)
  20. The Stranger by Albert Camus (Novel)


Jeremy Jensen said...

That "God is not:..." book looks especially interesting. Especially the "God is not Capitalist" part. Do you have this book, BlueRaja? Maybe I can borrow it in exchange for one of my latest CDs (

Are you a fan at all of Sojourners?

TheBlueRaja said...

I don't actually own that one, though I thought it looked wonderful as well -- it's a collection of essays that challenge the popular conceptions of God which may actually lead to idolatry. Even though most of the essays seem to be rather apophatic it sounded like a good resource for reflection.

As for the Sojourners, I can't say I've had the privilege -- but I'm sure I'm missing out!

Jeremy Jensen said...

Sojourner's website

Sojourners is the magazine run by Jim Wallis, who is kind of like the lefty version of Pat Robertson, except less divisive and smarter, IMO. He recently wrote a book called "God's Politics."

Yeah, it would be pretty difficult for a book called "God is not:..." to not be apophatic (and, yes, I had to look that word up).

TheBlueRaja said...

Speaking of Jim Wallis, I thought this might interest you:

TheBlueRaja said...

Incidentally, if you'd like a glimpse of the vision that stands behind this critique, you must read John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus" . . .