Various CGO Contributors suggested the following books for non-fiction
summer reading. The description of each book comes from the Contributor(s) who
recommended the book or are taken from the dust jacket of the book. This eclectic list, arranged alphabetically, will hopefully stimulate CGO readers all summer long.
In Conversation with Michka Assayas. Meet the real Bono, a
man of deep compassion, hubris and abiding Christian faith. A fabulous
read, it is essentially one long “stream of consciousness” dialogue between the
U2 legend and his favorite journalist.
Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
A good spiritual biography is like an adrenaline shot to the
arm. The art of story is that you learn without being conscious of it.
The desire to emulate a positive character seeps down into our souls in ways
that I think form and fashion us in ways that we may never see. Amy Carmichael,
missionary to India,
is one of those people who I hope has shaped my life in unseen ways. Her
biography, deftly written by another incredible missionary, Elizabeth Elliot,
is well-worth the read.
Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Eugene Peterson
This is an excellent book in an area that is underdeveloped
in some Christians’ thinking -- that of Christian spirituality and how it
integrates with theology and culture. What does it mean to live fully, to
live well, to live to the glory of God, and how do we do it (not just think about it)? Peterson uses the framework
of Christ playing in creation, in history and in community as the structure for
this sometimes rambling but almost always insightful book.
Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought, Marilynne Robinson. Take the lyrical power of Gilead
and aim it at relevant topics as divergent as Darwinism, the Puritans, the
Abolitionists, etc and you;ve got something wonderful in your hands. Sit
down and take it slow.
Waste Your Life by John
I’d highly recommend this book to someone who isn’t familiar
with John Piper’s writings, especially to college student and twentysomethings.
This book brings the best of his thoughts on Christian hedonism (Desiring
God), the role of suffering and the call to mission (Let
the Nations Be Glad) into one volume. He challenges paradigms on
what a wasted life looks like and he calls readers to ‘pray and think and dream
and plan and work, not to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every
part of our lives.”
God Beyond Harvard: The Quest for Veritas, by Kelly Monroe Kullberg
“Kelly is a gifted writer with rich insight into what it
means to be human: to long for love, to experience beauty and loss, and to hope
beyond sometimes seeming hope in the God who made and loves us. With poignancy
and poetic phrases, Kelly describes a story that only God, who is Veritas,
could weave together.” From the forward
and Kingdom, by Graeme
This is a great look into the central theme of the Bible, the Kingdom of God.