As I sorted out my bookshelves yesterday, it was a pleasure to remember those books which have impacted my life over the years. I never quite relate to the term ‘classics’ when it comes to literature, because it seems any list of classics is incredibly personal and reflective of one’s own unique life journey. So, just because I can, here is my trip down memory lane. These are some of the soulful books that have loved over the years and that I carry in my heart as I embark on new reading in 2011.
Dave Tomlinson, The post-evangelical (1995) – the beginning of the end of my relationship with Enlightenment Rationalism.
Cornelius Plantinga Jr, Not the way it’s supposed to be: a breviary of sin (1995) – This book enabled me to start thinking theologically in my own unique way. Grand and Grace-full.
L.A. Daloz, C.H. Keen, J.P. Keen & S.D. Parks, Common Fire: leading lives of commitment in a complex world (1996) – A case study of individuals who are actually making a difference by their lives. It looks at what went into their formation as people, in order to bring out such results.
Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking evangelicalism for a Postmodern world (1999) – When I read this I thought, ‘Yep, the church does not have to sit around until it is relegated to the museum of modernism.’
Pete Ward (ed), Mass culture: eucharist and mission in a post-modern world (1999) – Really got me thinking about the who, what, why, how, where of worship. I am still challenged by it.
Hugh Macay, Turning Point: Australians Choosing their future (1999) – of course, as a sociologist, I love all Hugh Mackay (except his novel, that was a wrong turn I’m afraid Hugh). This title has special memories of being consumed on a beach somewhere in NSW.
Noreena Hertz, The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy (2001) – The power of the personal. One life (one consumer) CAN make a difference.
Caroline Miley, The Suicidal Church: Can the Anglican Church be saved? (2002) – I read this on my Deacon Ordination Retreat!
Michael Schluter & David John Lee, The R Option: Building relationships as a better way of life (2003) – so inspiring! How do we make all our life and society relational, connected, life-giving?
Alan J. Roxburgh & Fred Romanuk, The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to reach a Changing World (2006) – This book gave me a framework to draw down postmodern thinking into the practice of church leadership.
Steven Croft, Ministry in Three Dimensions: Ordination and Leadership in the Local Church (revised ed. 2008) – Where is my copy!?! I read the first edition around 2002. Gave me the theological confidence to embrace ordination.