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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

recommended reading

These books have helped shape my understanding of God.

  • The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In my opinion this is the definitive exploration of the grace of God and what how it affects our lives, written by a man who would later live up to his own words, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die."

  • Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster: This book helped me to see that Christianity was not simply a set of beliefs to be accepted, but a way to live.

  • Life and Holiness, Thomas Merton: Merton talks about practicing holiness in everyday life, without ever getting legalistic about it.

  • The God We Never Knew, Marcus Borg: How we think about God affects how we practice our faith. Borg builds a bridge between the biblical tradition and contemporary thought, uncovering a God who is intimately involved in our lives.

What's on your list?


At 2/11/2006 7:14 AM, Blogger truevyne said...

_Violence of Love_ excerpts from Oscar Romero's sermons and writing.

Paulo Freire's _Pedagogy of the Oppressed_ has been a must study.

Also influenced by _Rules of St. Benedict_ and Brother Lawrence _Practicing His Presence_.

All of Sofia Cavaletti's work deeply impacts my life.

Beth Moore's and Kay Arthur's writing and Bible studies are worthy tools.

Just now re-studying _Celebration of Disciplines_ with my small group. Mr. Foster has videos to accompany each chapter. He's a good speaker too.

I'll have to look into your suggestions.

At 2/11/2006 5:40 PM, Anonymous A said...

You listed four, so I'll list four, though there have been many more than four for me. Here's four books that in recent years have "helped shape my understanding of God":

Celebration of Discipline--Richard Foster (same as you)

The Divine Conspiracy--Dallas Willard

The Cloister Walk--Kathleen Norris

The Rule of St. Benedict

By the way, thanks for the link to my blog. I trust if you have linked it that you have found something of value there and for that I say thanks be to God.

I am always curious when people find my blog how they found it. If you don't mind my asking, how did you come across my blog?

At 2/13/2006 11:56 PM, Blogger BruceA said...

Thanks to both of you for your input. I'm a big fan of Oscar Romero, as I've said before. And I thought it was interesting that you both mentioned Celebration of Discipline and the Rule of St. Benedict. I need to take a look at that last one.

A -
In answer to you question, I found your blog a few months ago, I think when I followed a link from a comment of yours at Monastic Mumblings. I've never left a comment, but I do enjoy your blog. I've been feeling a pull over the last few months to learn more about the Christianity of earlier generations.

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