July 23, 2013

books: summer vacation reading

I tweeted yesterday that I am now officially on vacation! We fly back to San Diego, CA today. We'll spend a lot of time at the beach and catching up with family and friends we dearly miss. And I will be doing a bunch of reading! I may have packed as many books as clothing. This is a sample of what I'm bringing with me.

While I'm not done with my "Missional Position" series, it seems important to keep writing, thinking, talking and acting in the light of current events. As I shared in this post, I've been listening to a lot of my new friends around DC regarding race, class, privilege and justice. But studying up on the subject is a reflexive response to such things for me as well. From top to bottom, here's a list of the books I'm bringing with me:

The Black Christ by Kelly Brown Douglas: Read this in seminary but refreshing myself with it. Douglas is a local theologian and Episcopalian.

God of the Oppressed by James H. Cone: Also read this several years ago but since I've not yet picked up Cone's The Cross and the Lynching Tree, I'm reviewing this.

Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith: Written with an emphasis on the evangelical community, this book was recommended to me years ago by an Episcopalian. Good read. Looking forward to checking back in with it after having read it quite some time ago.

Disintegration by Eugene Robinson: Not a theological book but sociological. Flipped through it earlier in the year and taking a closer read this time. Robinson writes for the Washington Post.

Radical Welcome by Stephanie Spellers: Not specifically dealing with racial issues or black theology but deals with the Church's welcome to all "others" and is quite practical. Spellers is an Episcopalian in NYC, whom I've really grown to admire.

The Christian Imagination by Willie James Jennings: I've been reading this for awhile and hope to finish it up now. Dense and so good so far!

Go-Go Live by Natalie Hopkinson: Another that isn't theological but sociological. This book deals Go-Go music culture and the history of the black community in DC.

So, what are you reading? What are your recommendations? What else should I be reading?

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