Good Reads for Summer 2016 (Or Any Other Season)

Every so often I depart from my usual devotions in order to pass on books I have found to be interesting or helpful. What follows here is not information about the latest, hot-off-the-press new releases. Many or even most of these books may indeed already be familiar. They are simply resources I have encountered recently and would like to recommend to anyone who is interested. Enjoy! JAB

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Conflict, by Ken Sande (BakerBooks; revised and updated, 2004) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9). This book has been around for quite some time but came to my attention while at a conference for Christian conciliation held for circuit visitors of the Southeastern District. Whether you are married, a parent, a friend, a co-workers, or someone’s brother/sister in Christ, this biblically-based book will point the way to the cross of Jesus in breaking deadlock between people and bringing restoration.

The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, by Keith Anderson (Morehouse Publishing, 2015) “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor 9:22). Part history book, part mission primer, this book encourages people in the digital age to embrace technology for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Author Keith Anderson will be keynote speaker at the “Tending the Flame” conference in Richmond, VA this summer. Highly recommended reading.

Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life, by Henri J. M. Nouwen (HarperCollins, 2007). “Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all these things will be added unto you as well” (Matt 6:33). First published in 1981, this classic has been released more recently in e-format, where it works well as a devotional companion for those interested in learning more about spiritual disciplines.

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell (Simon & Schuster, 2010). Not light reading…but thought-provoking. Acclaimed author Robert Putnam (Bowling Alone) shines the light on what constitutes religious diversity in the United States. Important book for understanding those who may understand religion and religiosity a little differently than we do.