Taking our cue from the “Staff Recommends” shelf that many bookstores feature, we would like to share with you some suggestions for your summer reading. Enjoy!
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
By Rachel Held Evans
If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her – and it will change you too.
Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world. (from the liner notes)
On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old
By Parker J. Palmer
Looking back on eight decades of life – and on his work as a writer, teacher, and activist – Palmer explores what he’s learning about self and world, inviting readers to explore their own experience.
“Age itself,” he says, “is no excuse to wade in the shallows. It’s a reason to dive deep and take creative risks.”
With compassion and chutzpah, gravitas and levity, Palmer writes about cultivating a vital inner and outer life, finding meaning in suffering and joy, and forming friendships across the generations that bring new life to young and old alike. (from the liner notes)
To Dare the Our Father: A Transformative Spiritual Practice
By John Shea
The Lord’s Prayer accompanies the lives of Christians. When we are happy or sad, when we eagerly await for a child to be born or silently watch as an elder dies, alone in the woods or together in liturgy, filled with gratitude or emptied by grief, driven to praise or dragged to repent, the Our Father finds its way to our lips.
To Dare the Our Father recognizes and respects these experiences, but it envisions praying the prayer as a more sustained and challenging undertaking. How does it become for us a transformative spiritual practice? John Shea explores these questions and more to discover what it looks like to become people of prayer. (from the liner notes)
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
By Gregory Boyle, S.J.
In a moving example of unconditional love in difficult times, the Jesuit priest and bestselling author of Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle, shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.
This book is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people with a glimpse at a world defined by more compassion and fewer barriers. Gently and humorously, Barking to the Choir invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness. (from the liner notes)