Friday, April 06, 2007

Summer Reading

It's hard to imagine, but in 6 weeks I am finished with formal education - at least for a season.
Which means, I can read whatever I want. About this time every year I make a list of books of all types
(theology, philosophy, spiritual formation, dissertations on the politics of Jesus, biography, leadership,
fiction, poetry, history, etc). Here is where I need your help. If anybody still reads this, I would like you
to give me of few of your "must reads." I need to start building my Amazon "wishlist." As of now, it has
one item:

"The Politics of Jesus" - John Howard Yoder

What else would you add?


Blogger Thom Stark said...


Here we go, friend, in the order they occurred to me, not in the order you should necessarily read them:

Jesus and Empire, by Richard Horsely

The Pax Romana and the Peace of Jesus Christ, by Klaus Wengst

Live to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern World, by Brad Kallenberg

The Peaceable Kingdom, by Stanley Hauerwas

Water, Faith, and Wood, by C. Christopher Smith

Friendship and Ways to Truth, by David Burrell

Theology After Wittgenstein, by Fergus Kerr

The Original Revolution, by John Yoder

He Came Preaching Peace, by John Yoder

Faithfulness and Fortitude: In Conversation with the Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas, edited by Mark Nation and Samuel Wells

The Faith of Jesus Christ, 2nd ed., by Richard Hays

Early Christianity, by Roland Bainton

Christian Attitudes to War and Peace, by Roland Bainton

Parables as Subversive Speech: Jesus as Pedagogue of the Oppressed, by William Herzog

Jesus, Justice, and the Reign of God: A Ministry of Liberation, by William Herzog

Hidden Transcripts and the Arts of Resistance: Applying the Work of James C. Scott to Jesus and Paul, edited by Richard Horsely

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, by Marcus Borg


April 6, 2007 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Thom Stark said...


Oh yeah.

And Body Politics, by John Yoder.

Very important.


April 6, 2007 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Andy Rodriguez said...

any lighter reading? :)

April 6, 2007 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Thom Stark said...


Yeah, sure. Read the Chronicles of Narnia or something.


April 7, 2007 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Nick Steffen said...

Here are a few from my wishlist (sorry, I'm not sure how many of these are of the 'lighter reading' fare):

Through New Eyes by James Jordan

The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri Nouwen

Lighter Side of the Dark Ages (Anthem Classics) by Rose Williams

On the Incarnation: The Treatise De Incarnatione Verbi Dei by Athanasius

For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmemann

The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church by Thomas Forsyth Torrance

On Thinking the Human: Resolutions of Difficult Notions by Rober Jenson

Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith by Richard Foster

Beowulf: An Imitative Translation by Ruth P.M. Lehmann

April 7, 2007 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Jacob Paul Breeze said...

The Consciousness of Jesus, by Jacques Guillet

How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? Historical Questions about Earliest Devotion to Jesus, by Larry Hurtado (unless you've already read "Lord Jesus Christ").

The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic, by James K.A. Smith

The Preexistent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark and Luke, by Simon J. Gathercole

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, by Richard Bauckham

The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature, by John J. Collins

Exegesis at Qumran: 4Q Florilegium in its Jewish Context, by George J. Brooke

What's the Use of Lectures?, by Donald A. Bligh

April 7, 2007 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Thom Stark said...


How could I forget?

The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Bruggemann.


"Exegesis at Qumran"?

You're such a nerd. :)


April 7, 2007 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Jacob Paul Breeze said...

Agreed! :)

April 7, 2007 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger shane said...

Some good "light" reading :)

Sex God - Rob Bell

The Jesus of Suburbia - Mike Erre

April 10, 2007 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger school_of_tyrannus said...

Some fiction that I've really enjoyed:

"The Brother's Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The Princess Bride" (an absolute classic, very hilarious)by William Goldman

"Odd Thomas" by Dean Koontz

The whole Harry Potter series (you'll have an instant conversation starter for most 5-12 graders in America)

"The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas

"Gilead" by Marilyn Robinson

Poetry? "Paradise Lost" by John Milton. The best of the best, and forever will be.

April 16, 2007 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

what would jesus deconstruct?: the good news of postmodernism for the church -- john caputo

against ethics: contributions to a poetics of obligation with constant reference to deconstruction -- caputo

the end of modernity -- gianni vattimo (particularly the postmodern hermeneutic discussion)

lucky wander boy -- d.b. weiss
American Gods neil gaiman

May 29, 2007 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger caleb said...

I'm looking forward to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows...

Other than that, I have immersed myself in leadership books: Good to Great, 5 Dysfunctions of a team, Death by Meeting, Find Your Strengths Now, 5 Temptations of a CEO, etc.

June 3, 2007 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Tyler Stewart said...

Song of Solomon

June 6, 2007 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger bsiemon82 said...

Brad Young- Jesus the Jewish Theologian

Dawkins- The God Delusion

Our Father Abraham-Hershel (i blieve)

Jesus and the Empire ..nevermind Stark rec. it.

i've really enjoyed Young/ "Our Father Abraham." I"ve been enjoying reading the Jewish side of Jesus. it's helped me out a lot in my preaching/teaching.

June 6, 2007 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger bsiemon82 said...

The audacity of Hope-Obama (looks intertersting but needs to go down in price more....)

June 6, 2007 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Tony Anderson said...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

June 10, 2007 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

amen to rob bell's sex god.
i just finished david crowder's "everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die". amazing. its about the soul, grief, mourning, and bluegrass.

July 7, 2007 at 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

phew yes! Harry Potter! wow...

and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

September 13, 2007 at 5:35 PM  

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