So, since Bo and now Callid have decided to give you a peak into the wild and zesty bookshelf of a Homebrewed Christianity podcaster, I thought I would join in the fun. I am actually inspired by a conversation I had with a deacon after this year’s Wild Goose 3D Event. A young, religious studies student asked me, “How do I read all the “other stuff” that I find interesting and voices I want to listen to (aka women, people of color, etc), when I have to read the “canon” of theological literature?
My answer….Make a new canon! You decide what is the basis of your theological journey.
So here are mine….so far…they have changed and will change as I continue through life and seminary. Not exactly standard fare and I’m totally okay with that. I probably have hundreds of books and this is just a sampling of important reads within the past few years. As we change, our books change, as they also change us in the process.
These are in no particular order.
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
- Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery by bell hooks
- The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
- Whose Gospel?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Protestantism by James Forbes
- Philosophy and Theology by John D. Caputo
- Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice and Life Together Edited by Steve Heinrichs
- The Didache (pick a version, I find it fascinating in whatever format)
- Introducing Theologies of Religions by Paul Knitter
- The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert
- Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church by Letty M. Russell
What are some of your new favorite or most loved books?