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A Sunlit Absence by Martin Laird
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An absolute marvel of a text. Laird so beautifully and succinctly puts the practice of contemplation and the trials we face when we do it. I recommend it highly for beginners and veterans. It has a problem in that is "solves" every problem with conte ...more
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Work in the Spirit by Miroslav Volf
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"Volf details secular theories of work, both critiquing Adam Smith and Karl Marx's view points, while also delving into the ethics of modern work. He develops a pneumatological and eschatological argument for Christian work: cooperation with God that ...more
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Getting Involved with God by Ellen F. Davis
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A great way to do what the title suggests. Not an exhaustive reading of everything in the Old Testament, rather a series of highlights that uncover enough for us to see what we might have missed at first glance. Ellen Davis applies her biblical schol ...more
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The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
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"Profound text about reimagining how we see and talk about the world. A perfect contemporary application of the prophets in the Old Testament. Brueggemann is a master. Borrowing a lot from Heschel, but ending with Jesus, this book is deeply researche ...more
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Getting Involved with God by Ellen F. Davis
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A great way to do what the title suggests. Not an exhaustive reading of everything in the Old Testament, rather a series of highlights that uncover enough for us to see what we might have missed at first glance. Ellen Davis applies her biblical schol ...more
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The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
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"Profound text about reimagining how we see and talk about the world. A perfect contemporary application of the prophets in the Old Testament. Brueggemann is a master. Borrowing a lot from Heschel, but ending with Jesus, this book is deeply researche ...more
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The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson
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Fundamental to the story of the Bible and to our psychological experience and relationships, is the story of shame we have learned and tell ourselves. Thompson argues that from Genesis to our own childhood, shame is the antecedent to sin. His book he ...more
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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
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Enough good things cannot be said about this book and its author. Stevenson is a present day saint who has devoted his life to freeing people unjustly incarcerated by the racist, U.S. system and exposing, in the name of Jesus, the history of deadly d ...more
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Invitation to Retreat by Ruth Haley Barton
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"This simple book guides both newcomer and experienced retreat-goers with practical advice and encouragement to journey on retreat. Barton writes in simple, authentic language, too. I will recommend this book to everyone who wants to go on retreat."- ...more
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Migrations of the Holy by William T. Cavanaugh
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This book is a must read for anyone interested in politics who is trying to follow Jesus (and for many others, but it is a fairly dense 200 pages of high context essays, though not unapproachable by the persistent theological thinker). Cavanaugh make ...more
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