Holy Week: Holy Bookshelves #5

6 Apr

Today is our final edition of our Holy Week: Holy Bookshelves blogging. As we pass through toward Easter we are reminded of all of the sacrifices that are made to make our ministries happen.  From financial stewardship to time stewardship, we walk as a collective body of ministries who give of ourselves to be transformative in the lives of students and throughout the university setting throughout the US.  Let us never forget that the Spirit is with us on our journey’s and that we never go it alone, even on the most difficult of days.


#34 The Brick Testament-The Ten Commandments –Retold and Illustrated by Brendan Powell Smith

I always believe that chaplains should have humor in their lives, and I have this book close by on my bookshelf. Now some of you may think that I am sac religious, but this book is about Ten Commandments done LEGO style.  Yes, you read this correctly.  Mr. Smith a former religious and philosophy student at Boston University tell Bible Stories via Legos.  I really enjoy his depictions.  For the most part, he tries to stay true to the Bible.  You can check out his website for more information:  http://www.thebricktestament.com

#35 Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living by Thich Nhat Hanh.  This wonderful companion to the best seller Being Peace, this book reminds us  to nourish ourselves and others by focusing on what is refreshing and healing within and all around us.

#36 Kicking at the Darkness: Bruce Cockburn and the Christian Imagination by Brian Walsh.  Walsh, a Chaplain at the University of Toronto, insightfully examines the spirtiual dimensions of the work of long time singer, songwriter and musician Bruce Cockburn (Coeburn).  Walsh wonderfully draws on Cockurn’s poetic lyrics, the words of Scripture, and his own work in ministry to create a beautiful journey through the heart of Christianity.

#37 Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry.  This compilation of essays reminds us of how Berry was writing on sustainability, whole foods and mindful eating long before those terms became fashionable, and continues to call us to account to form integrated communities of wholeness, diversity and love.

#38 The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones.

This urban activist, author, speaker and community organizer highlights opportunities of the integration of economic, social and environmental justice and restoration, and gives hopeful examples of grass roots work being done all over the nation in response to critical problems facing our communities and country.

#39 Soulcraft Bill Plotkin

Anyone who works with college students should read this book and consider the ways that we encourage our students to “wander” in this important stage of life.  It isn’t a religious book, but one can easily utilize the Christian language in the ways we interpret the experience our students are entering as they begin to delve more deeply into the mysteries of their soul.  This book helps inform the conversation I have with students about “vocation,” and “calling.”

#40 God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi [Paperback) Jamie Korngold

I love the outdoors, so this book is a no-brainer for me.  If you can spend any time at all outdoors with your students, you should have this book.  I take it on afternoon hikes as well as retreats so I can share her stories of scripture, with a question that enhances our conversation while out in God’s creation.  A very easy and engaging biography, that offers practical ideas for our own ministries.

#41 Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should do and Who We Should Be (Mark Schwehn & Dorothy Bass Eds)

This is a wonderful collection of writings, including poems, diary entries, essays, fiction, and screenplay.  It asks meaningful questions, such as, “Are some lives more significant than others?” and “Must my job be the primary source of my identity?”  I have found it to be a treasure trove of short pieces I can pull out for use in a discussion on a particular topic.

#42 The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis)

I include this because a few students plucked it off the shelf recently and were blown away by it.  It is nice to know that Lewis can have that effect on millennials!  This book is an exquisite piece of satire that explores how we succumb in a million little ways to evil.  It will have a long-lasting impact on the reader.

#43 Big Questions, Worthy Dreams (Sharon Daloz Parks)

Park inspires us to develop both thoughtful mentors and supportive mentoring communities to assist young adults during their transition from late adolescence to early adulthood.

#44 Tribal Church – Ministering to the Missing Generation by Carol Howard Merritt

A Great book from one of our 2010 Annual Conference Speakers, Tribal Church is a great framing of what is happening to 20 and 30 somethings today as they enter into the workforce and the local church.

#45 Witness Whiteness- First Steps Toward an Antiracist Practice and Culture (Shelly Tockluk)

#46 Encountering Faith in the Classroom: Turning Difficult Discussions into Constructive Engagement (Miram Diamond)This is a rich compilation of material that identifies issues of dealing with faith in the classroom, shares lots of stories, and offers ample wisdom on ways to a creative engagement with people and issues.

#47 A New Religious America: How a “Christian Country” Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (Diana Eck)

This book is a few years old, but very relevant as we continue to acknowledge the growing religious diversity in the U.S.  It is thought provoking and demonstrates the imperative of learning about other religious traditions and engaging with people of other traditions in creative dialogue.

#48 Interactive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community Building Handbook (Bud Heckman and Rori Picker-Neiss

This is a good basic resource on community building from the interreligious perspective.  It takes fundamental community building skills and applies them and extends them inan interfaith context.



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