A few years ago, a friend asked me to compile a list of the books that anyone who wanted to grow in their faith should read. It wasn’t easy, but I finally made my “Top Ten” list for him. I hadn’t thought much about that list until a few months ago while having breakfast with Richard Burnham.
During our conversation, Richard and I began talking about books that have shaped our faith and our theology. Out of that conversation, the Family Faith Lenten study was born. I spent quite a bit of time looking through my library and developed a new and improved “Top Ten” list of books that have shaped my theology and my faith. But since there are only 6 Tuesdays in Lent, I had to whittle the list down to a new “Top Six” list.
In doing so, I also came up with a couple of guidelines I need to follow.
· I could not use an author more than once.
· I tried to choose books that might not be “top sellers” or widely read.
· I wanted to share the books that have also shaped my approach to preaching.
· Finally, I tried to choose books that would be “easy” reads. So, with those rules in place here is my Top Six books:
· The Furious Longing of God (March 3rd) Brennan Manning
· Blue Like Jazz (March 10th) Don Miller
· What’s So Amazing About Grace (March 17th) Phillip Yancey
· Life Together (March 24th) Dietrich Bonhoeffer
· Velvet Elvis (March 31st) Rob Bell
· Baseball as a Road to God (April 7th) John Sexton
I hope you will join us each Tuesday night during Lent to learn more about each book! We will have a few of each book available for purchase. And remember, reading the book is NOT necessary to come to class!!