Resources I’m Digging Into

Subjects about which I’ve been historically clueless and need to beef up my knowledge:

  • Theology of sabbath
  • Exploring what love looked like in scripture
  • Forgiveness of debt
  • Restitution
  • Gratitude 
  • Food politics
  • Economics
  • Environmental policy
  • How my lifestyle affects the world
  • Poverty
  • World history
  • America’s positions on various conflicts

Authors and Books I’m Planning to Explore:

  • What Every American Needs to Know about the Middle East
  • Shane Claiborne
  • St. John Chrysostom
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy and More
  • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
  • Lisa Sharon Harper
  • Greg Hamilton
  • Richard Rohr
  • Dan Allender
  • Jim Wallis
  • Dallas Willard
  • Becky Garrison
  • N. T. Wright

What do YOU recommend for me to help me grow into an awareness of debts I owe as a rich Christian as well as other sources for some of the questions I’m asking?

11 responses to “Resources I’m Digging Into

  1. Your blog has me wanting to re-read Richard Foster’s “Freedom of Simplicity.” He takes the holistic approach to considering simplicity that you seem to be dabbling in this year. It’s a great read.

  2. Anything by Wendell Berry. I found your blog looking for reaction and comment on George Will’s op-ed “Prudes at Dinner, Gluttons in Bed.” I think Wendell Berry takes a much more “sacramental” approach to the same issues. I found the Will/Eberstat approach far too simplistic. Berry “gets” it! Norman Wirzba, a “Berry scholar” has also written a wonderful book called “Living the Sabbath.”

  3. What a great list! I would add Ched Myers who is a NT Theologian and has coined the term, “Sabbath Economics”- Two small but powerful booklets, “The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics” and the companion piece, “Sabbath Economics: Household Practices.” You can order them from the Potters House bookstore, DC.

  4. Cary, great list. May I add other people and a church to follow: Jim and Carol Cymbala and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir? What they have done since 1971 since the couple took over the Church is simply remarkable–as my wife and I found when I visited the church in NYC.

    Best.

    Tom

  5. Really getting into Richard Stearns’ new book, “The Hole in Our Gospel.” If you like Sider, you’ll like this…

    Love your blog.

  6. The more I read of your writing, the more I feel like I found a person of like heart and interest to myself!

    • Well, I hadn’t read all your list when I responded to this post…I found names on your list I am very familiar with and some I have never heard of. I just finished a M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, founded by Dan Allender. He has been one of my heroes since 1990 and I’m so glad I got to study under him. In fact, I am currently taking another class with him. N.T. Wright and Wendell Berry are also favorites of mine.

  7. Yea, I felt that way reading yours!

  8. Cary: Way after the fact here, but a great and gentle book on the theme is “Wounded by Love” by Elder Porphyrious. On the other hand, Wendell Berry… a bit of a screamer in his non-fiction.

  9. Thanks! And tell me what you mean by “screamer” for Berry.

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