A taste of what we’ve been reading over the last month or so…

Facing Athens: Encounters with the Modern City, by George Sarrinikolaou. A small book on the problems facing modern Athens. Interesting and well-written, although a bit general.

The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology, by Kevin Vanhoozer. One of the most profound theology books I’ve ever read. Great stuff, but not a light read (I’ve been working through it for months).

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Husseini. A compelling novel centered on two women in Afghanistan. Husseini brings to life the backstories of so many of the refugees we meet here everyday. I saw the faces of these refugees on every page. Please read this book.

Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Call, by Andy Crouch. I’ve really just begun this book, which provides Christians with a new set of questions regarding culture. Crouch calls the church not merely to consumer or critique, but to activity and intentionally create culture.

How about you? Read any good – or not so good – books recently? Any recommendations?

One thought on “Read Any Good Books

  1. Hi Brett and Kristin!

    Emma’s making her way through Tom Wright’s Surprised by Hope and enjoying it.
    I’m currently reading Rageh Omaar’s (a foreign correspondent for the BBC, who won an award for his coverage of the invasion of Iraq) book Only Half of Me, which is a good insight into Muslim identity in Britain post-July 7. It’s especially interesting because he writes from the perspective of a Somali immigrant to the UK, which is quite a closed community here (and, as I remember, in Athens as well).
    I’m also trying to be more spiritual, so I’m reading a biography called St. Columba of Iona by Lucy Menzies. Charmingly, its price is listed as “One Shilling” on the cover (yeah, it’s quite old). St. Columba is credited with bringing Christianity to Scotland (from Ireland no less). The Celtic monastic model of mission has some, I think, interesting insights to offer contemporary missiology. Yet some of the book is truly bizarre. Like this bit where Columba copies a manuscript of the vulgate without his mentor’s permission (oh, his fingers light up like candles and this point), so this local battle ensues where 5,000 men die trying to preserve Columba’s right to keep his copy. A good reminder not to idealise the past… or plagiarise?

    My next book, Spirituality according Backgammon: Personal Risk and the Strategy of God should hit the shelves as soon as I can find a publisher.

    Oh, glad you enjoyed your holiday. Sadly, we never made it to Volos, so your pictures made me pretty jealous…

    – Paul

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