Here are five books I recommend from what I read in April. Once a month we share our current reading lists at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. Still Evangelical?
Ten Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning
edited by Mark Labberton
How do you define “evangelical”? Do you consider yourself one? Listen to ten varying voices in this new book. Some I agree with; some I don’t. But they are all good for thought and discussion.
2. Tears We Cannot Stop
A Sermon to White America
by Michael Eric Dyson
I don’t know where to begin with this book. Just read it. It’s hard, it’s meaningful, it’s important. Michael Eric Dyson has words of wisdom to white America that we need to hear. It is one of my favorite books of the year so far.
“And without white America wrestling with these truths and confronting these realities, we may not survive. To paraphrase the Bible, to whom much is given, much is required. And you, my friends, have been given so much.”
3. Why Evangelicals Need the Wilderness
(Evangelicals After the Shipwreck Book 2)
by Ed Cyzewski
In Book 1 of this series, The Great Evangelical Retreat, Ed Cyzewski suggested evangelicals need to take a retreat and get it together. In this Book 2, he suggests where to go: the “wilderness.” The wilderness can mean different things to different people, but being a people of faith requires us to occasionally step aside from our routines and find our roots again of trusting in God.
“The wilderness could be a place of daily solitude, a resolution to avoid public recognition for a season, or a more extreme desire to make solitude and time away from the daily challenges of life a priority.”
4. The Life You Can Save
Acting Now to End World Poverty
by Peter Singer
I’m not a Peter Singer fan on everything; we differ wildly on what constitutes a life. But I do appreciate his approach in this book. Can we do better at taking care of the poor in our world? Most definitely. He touches on why we do, why we don’t, and how to make a more positive difference. I learned a lot here.
5. Thanks, Obama
My Hopey, Changey White House Years
by David Litt
I enjoy reading insider books. Regardless of whose administration it is, it’s fun to get the backstories from the White House. And especially when they’re told by a speechwriter who knows how to write. David Litt’s memoir about his years as one of the youngest speechwriters is funny and insightful.
“I don’t blame those who came to believe their jobs made them more than human. A demigod complex is the malaria of the D.C. swamp.”
- Natural Causes
An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
by Barbara Ehrenreich
- The Excellence Dividend
Meeting the Tech Tide with Work that wows and Jobs that Last
by Tom Peters
- Leaving Time
by Jodi Picoult
- The Way of Abundance
A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life
by Ann Voskamp
- Girl, Wash Your Face
Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
by Rachel Hollis
- 42 Seconds
The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions
by Carl Medearis
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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.
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