Pastor Dan’s Summer Reading Recommendations
Summer is a great time to get some reading in. Whether it be near Puget Sound, in your backyard or on vacation - here are some of the books that I am reading and recommending for the summer.
Eugene Peterson - Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading
This book is an invitation into a deep engagement with Scripture. Peterson died this past year, so I am revisiting some of his works. This book will make you want to set it down and pick up your Bible instead.
Eugene Peterson, The Pastor: A Memoir
This is Peterson's memoir, the story of a man who loved God and the church. He is a talented writer as well. Even for non-pastor types, this is a beautiful book.
Tish Harrison Warren - Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
Warren walks us through the typical days we live and shows how they connect to our regular practices in worship. This is an excellent book that helps show that the divisions between sacred and secular parts of our lives are illusions.
Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson - The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance
This book is very important for thinking about mission and justice issues. Hoang works for International Justice Mission, and Johnson is a theologian. Together they consider how the call to justice is part of the larger biblical story, and they root it in deep Christian convictions.
Tim Keller - Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work and Amy Sherman - Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
These books are about the integration of faith and work. Many people spend most of their waking lives at work, but we don't often think deeply about how our faith impacts the particularities of our work. These two books caused paradigm shifts for me. Read both! If you have time for only one, read Sherman's.
David James Duncan - The Brothers K
A novel about baseball, family, faith, and conflict. This is an American classic. Expect to cry.
Marilynne Robinson - Gilead
This is one of a small handful of books that my wife, Grace, re-reads. It’s a quiet story of God’s grace, told as a letter from an old pastor in Iowa to his young son.
Annie Dillard - The Living
Annie Dillard is another of Grace's favorite authors. The Living chronicles the settling of the Bellingham Bay area, and its title is fitting: it's the story of the (few) people to survive the harsh world of the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1800s.
Wendell Berry - Jayber Crow or Hannah Coulter
Wendell Berry is a Christian agrarian writer, as well as a poet and novelist. His books make the case against transiency and immediacy and invite us to be rooted in a community long-term.