December 27, 2014

2014 Books for the Year

I love reading. I didn't do as much as I wish I had this year. But here's what I enjoyed reading in 2014:
  1. Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
    I read this book again after our visit to McAllen, TX. A necessary perspective on the ongoing immigration reform debate.
  2. Prophesy Deliverance! by Cornel West
    Another book I decided to reread following the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. This is a small but dense book. West covers a lot of territory but his condensation of black history in the west really awesome.
  3. Rebuilt by Michael White and Tom Corcoran
    Fr. White has destroyed the myth that liturgical tradition and contemporary approaches can't work hand-in-hand. I recommend this to lots of folks who need tools for a new imagination. 
  4. Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada
    Another book I decided to read in response to issues in our country, particularly gun violence. Canada has done some incredible work in his community and brings an out-of-the-box perspective to urban poverty and violence.
  5. Zealot by Reza Aslan
    I continue to be fascinated by the study of Jesus' context. I wish more of us studied this. It would change a lot of what we think of him. I don't agree with Reza Aslan on everything and I really wish had included more sources of his information but nonetheless a good read.
  6. The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
    My boss gave this book to anyone willing to read it on our team. A very easy to read book that makes a lot of sense! If you work on a team (Who doesn't?) you should read this with your team.
  7. How Music Works by David Byrne
    David Byrne, of Talking Head fame, writes on exactly what the title says. Much like his Ted Talk on the subject, his work on how music and space inform each other is profound. And I believe there's an analog for churches.
  8. Linchpin by Seth Godin
    I read this after my surgery this year and was really inspired by it. But this is nothing new. I love everything Seth Godin writes. He's my Ian MacKaye or Radiohead with a pen. Totally biased, I admit it. Check out his interview with Kristen Tippet.
  9. The Christian Imagination by Willie James Jennings
    Yet another read I picked back up as I reflected on race-issues in our country. This is a big book but it continues to be, I believe, an important book for Christians considering how Christianity and race have shaped each other.
As far as reading in 2015 goes, I'm looking forward to reading Seth Godin's What To Do When It's Your Turn–which I just received in the mail! I'm also planning to read Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking. You can check out what else I'm reading on my Goodreads profile. But I'd really like to read some good fiction. Graphic novels, sci-fi novels, whatever. I loved reading Ernest Cline's Ready Player One a couple years ago and am looking for recommendations. So, if you have some please let me know!

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