7 Books I’m Reading
June 28th, 2007 by Sonja

Grace tagged those of us who read her blog (so now it’s dangerous 😉 ) to tell the world what books we’re reading … just so that she can get a sneak peek into our libraries. Well … since she kindly gave us a sneak peek into her reading list, I thought it only just that I comply.

Drumroll, please … here are seven books that I am currently wending my way through (in no particular order):

>> Cry Of The Soul (How Our Emotions Reveal Our Deepest Questions About God), by Dr. Dan Allender & Dr. Tremper Longman III – an excellent book about emotions that our culture has deemed negative but that can bring us closer to the heart of God if we will embrace them with a heart that is seeking after Him.

>> The Artists Way, by Julia Cameron – for anyone seeking to find their inner artist, or give it a nudge. A really wonderful book.

>> The Places In Between, by Rory Stewart – a great book about a historian walking across Afghanistan during the current war. But it’s also about how we humans view one another and get along.

>> Healthy Congregations (a systems approach), by Peter L. Steinke – a good solid piece on how people in churches actually work together in healthy ways, and how to build on that.

>> Desire of the Everlasting Hills (The World Before and After Jesus), by Thomas Cahill – the third in his “Hinges of History” series (the first two were How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews). I’ve read the first two and am now thoroughly hooked. Cahill has a fascinating perspective on history and is a great story teller.

>> Exiles (Living Missionally In a Post-Christian Culture), by Michael Frost – required reading for those in the emerging conversation and I’m behind.

>> On Writing Well (The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction), by William K. Zinsser – LightMom gave me this book recently and I’m really enjoying it. It’s helping me to think about how I write, and why. Perhaps you, dear reader, will even see a difference here and there as a result of this book.

Bonus … arrived yesterday and I can hardly wait – Organic Community (creating a place where people naturally connect), by joseph r. myers.  I often just throw books in our familial shopping cart on amazon.com, sometimes LightHusband places an order, then I get a surprise.  Yesterday was such a day.  I think I’ll be reading this while we’re in Vermont.

As far as tagging people … if you read this and feel inspired, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to see what books you’re reading.

10 Responses  
  • doug writes:
    June 28th, 200712:23 pmat

    oh tag me…


  • aBhantiarna Solas writes:
    June 28th, 200712:41 pmat

    Dude … consider yourself tagged!

  • doug writes:
    June 28th, 20072:10 pmat

    i was lookin’ for some cheap linkage… you know technorati and all that?!

  • Mike writes:
    June 28th, 20074:32 pmat

    I read Myers’ earlier book, and thought it was really good. Let us know what you think of this one!

    In my typically obsessive way, I’m reading through everything by Dave Eggers (his books are really long, and my reading time is short, so it could take awhile). “What is The What” is next to me now.

    Have fun, and happy reading, in Vermont.

  • Jen writes:
    June 28th, 20075:51 pmat

    Oh where did you find the Cry of the Soul? I love Allender’s books. I have several of them and I love Bold Love. It is a good one

  • aBhantiarna Solas writes:
    June 28th, 20077:38 pmat

    Jen … I got it from amazon.com … if you click on the title in my list, you\’ll get to the page for it. I\’ve read bits of Bold Love, but never the whole thing. A old friend of mine swore by it though. I know I\’ve read another of Allender\’s books, but I can\’t remember which one now and it was a long time ago.  I\’m really getting a lot out of Cry Of the Soul.  It\’s very, very good.  I will probably have to read it again.  Or, rather, want to read it again 😉

  • Julie Clawson writes:
    June 30th, 200711:10 pmat

    I played – here

  • aBhantiarna Solas writes:
    July 1st, 20076:49 amat

    Cool – thanks Julie.

  • grace writes:
    July 1st, 20077:21 pmat

    Great list! Cry of the Soul and Healthy Congregations look especially interesting to me. Thanks for the sneak peak. :)

  • Subversive Influence » Blog Archive » Seven Books writes:
    July 3rd, 200711:04 amat

    […] Grace is reading seven books, and so are Randy McRoberts, Sonja, Lyn, Former Leader, and Julie Clawson — Robbymac and Jamie Arpin-Ricci are only reading five each. It was Randy McRoberts’ list that caused trouble for me, since it ends with, “If you read this, consider yourself tagged. What are you reading?” Dang. […]

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