Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011: A Top 5 List

I am not much of a resolution maker.  Not sure I have made any in the last 5 years.  However, I do enjoy the seasons and their rhythms and opportunities to jump into new things.  So as I look into this new year, this is the closest thing I have to resolutions.  Here are 5 books that I am really looking forward to diving into. They sit on my shelf/desk/end table beckoning me to spend time with them.  This is me raising a toast to the ideal hope that I will actually make the time to enjoy them.

5. The Spirit of Life: A Universal Affirmation, Jürgen Moltmann - This is one of the 20th century's best theologians, and this book was rated by Christian Century as one of the most important theological works over the last 25 years.  This is a man with a fascinating life story and a way of writing and inviting others into a God-centered life that is unique and transformative.

4. One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow, Scot McKnight - Scholar, professor, and man of God, Scot McKnight has emerged as one of the best Christian authors (IMHO) in the last 10 years.  His style is always attainable yet challenged and rich.  I look for this book to help renew a sense of radical obedience to the call of Jesus Christ in my life.

3. Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories, Steven Millhauser - I have recently discovered this Pulitzer Prize winner, and have been delighted by this book so far.  (It is only one of this life that I have begun reading.) It is a collection of 13 short stories.  I am fascinated, so far, by his creativity, provocative insights, and ability to bend reality.  Sense I have started this one, I hope to actually stick with it and read it through.

2. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson - Got this book for Christmas and am really hoping schooling won't allow it to collect dust on my end table.  This is about the 6 million black southerners that relocated themselves due to harsh treatment.

1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle, Alexander - This legal scholar writes to bring awareness to something that I have lived all my life in total ignorance of - the racial prejudice that defines the criminal justice system.  In this book she is tracing American race relations from Jim Crow days up to the Clinton presidency.

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