Thursday, February 5, 2009

Talk Thursday//BookWorms

I recently finished reading The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs & Jesus Wants
 to Save Christians
 (not to be confused with Jesus wanting to save Christmas) by Rob Bell & Don Golden. Both were AWESOME!! and I highly recommend them both. Currently I'm reading Churched:One Kid's Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner. And it is fuuu-nnny!

So for Talk Thursday, what are you reading? What would you recommend? What wouldn't you recommend? Let's make this like a big ol' book club. =)


JD and Jen said...

currently i'm reading the lord of the rings and the second reformation. i'm always in the middle of several books, and right now that list is too long to convey here in the short time that i have.

i would definitely recommend the shaping of things to come. great book.

Cary said...

Right now, I'm reading the following:

The Outsiders - SE Hinton

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling

The Misunderstood Jew - ? Can't remember author; the book is about Jesus as a Hebrew and helping to understand him in context. Pretty good.

great reads! yeah!

Josh said...

I'm reading The History of Christian Thought by Jonathon Hill. It's pretty outstanding. I recomend it to those with short attention spans, as it moves quickly from one thinker to the next, mostly just hitting crucial highlights with just the right amount of information that we don't "need" to know to keep it entertaining.

MoMountainGrrl said...

I'm currently reading "The Reader". It's the book that inspired the movie with Kate Winslet as the Nazi lady.

It's interesting.

Michael Gilley said...

Oh goodness. Where do I start? Well, I'll leave off technical books. I am currently rereading Simply Christian by Wright. Pretty good book. I'm also reading his Surprised by Hope. Great book that I'd recommend to anyone. I'm also reading Celebration of Discipline by Foster. Also really good book for knowing about spiritual disciplines (prayer, meditation, fasting, etc.) and how to do them better. Armchair Mystic by Mark Thibodeaux, which is alright. And I'm starting Essential Buddhism by Jack Maguire and Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue edited by Perry Schmidt-Leukel. I hope these will be good books.

Chris.Maples said...

Well, I just finished True Faced by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch. Amazing book. Hardcore changed so much of my thought pattern.

Now I'm on Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (I never read books during the fad). It's pretty good so far.

Also finished The Prayer of Jesus by Hank Hanegraaf (sp?). It wasn't spectacular, but there were a few thoughts that made it worth it.

Sarah Lewie said...

Even though I've already read them, I also recommend the "Twilight" books - incredible. =)

Anonymous said...

The Rise Of Christianity, How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries by Rodney Stark.

Embracing Jesus and the Goddess, A Radical Call for Spiritual Sanity by Carl McColman.

How to Hear From God, Learn To Know His Voice And Make Right Decisions by Joyce Meyer.

The Secret Power Of Speaking God's Word by Joyce Meyer.

The first two books above were recommended by a Christo-Pagan friend who loves Jesus but also celebrates pagan holidays.

The second two books were written by an inspirational and Godly minister(in my opinion), Joyce Meyer.


Loken said...

I'm currently reading "The Monsters of Templeton," by Lauren Groff.
Would recommend it! A wonderful take on small-town America.

Cary said...

thanks for the Twilight recommendation.

I think it's lame that most of the books (including mine) on here were "Christian" books.

There's so much you can gather from books that aren't considered Christian--so many deep, enriching and beautiful messages that can be pulled from literature.

Lord of the Rings, as JD and Jen said, is a great example. For movies, Stranger Than Fiction (with Will Farrell) is another great example. I could watch that movie over and over as the protagonist discovers what it means to really live his life.

It always concerns me that we, as Christians, completely immerse ourselves in Christian culture and become de-sensitized to the ways and needs of the secular world.

We should be in the world, not of it. We need to be aware of how we can help meet others' needs.


Jenny said...

It could just as easily have been Jesus Wants to Save CHRISTMAS...


it was touch and go there for awhile.

I miss laughing with you.

I am reading nothing except manuals on how to start a 501c3 corporation and file for grants. Oh, I recently finished the Americans with Disabilities Act and the NASW Code of Ethics. yeah. good times.

Nic said...

Funnily enough, pretty much the only book I'm reading right now is Celebration of Sex, and the author is pretty unimportant. :)

Really, really great book on sex from a Christian viewpoint. I'm currently reading the chapter on Sex for survivors of sexual abuse.

Yeah. It's a good book.

Matt said...

i'm currently reading Twilight (almost done, fixin to start New Moon). I would recommend it fo sho. Another recommendation (although I haven't read it in recent months) would be Surprised by Hope by NT Wright. AMAZING!!!

Jamie said...

You may have noticed my conspicuously missing comment on talk thursday...its because I'm not a bookworm :( I'm reading a difficult book right now that isn't fun at all, but quite necessary for emotional health at this point in my life. I can only read maybe 4 pages at a time...
Codependent No More by Melody Beattie.
Cripes - now the entire world knows I'm crazy! :)