Recommended Books

I love good books! Below are some (not all) of my most favorite books that have shaped, challenged and inspired me. I share them with you in case you are looking for some new books to read. More to come!

Wesleyan Theology
John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life – Charles Yrigoyen
Convent Discipleship: Christian Formation Through Mutual Accountability – David Lowes Watson
The Character of a Methodist – John Wesley
Living Our Beliefs – The United Methodist Way – Kenneth Carder
40 Days with Wesley – Rueben P. Job

Emergent Worship – Dan Kimball
The New Pastor’s Guide to Leading Worship – Barbara Day Miller
Remember Who You Are: Baptism a Model for Christian Life – William Willimon
Calendar: Christ’s Time for the Church – Laurence Hull Stookey
The Christian Year – Robin Knowles Wallace
Beyond the Worship Wars – Tom Long

Prayers for a Privileged People – Walter Brueggemann
Walking the Labyrinth – Sally Welch
When You Pray – Rueben P. Job
50 Ways to Pray – Teresa Blythe
Downtime: Helping Teenagers Pray – Mark Yaconelli
Wonder, Fear, and Longing: A Book of Prayers – Mark Yaconelli
Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth – Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
Prayers – 
Michel Quoist
A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants – Rueben P. Job
This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer – Laurence Hull Stookey

The Collected Sermons of Walter Brueggemann
Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized – William Willimon
Intrusive Word: Preaching to the Unbaptized – William Willimon
Prophetic Preaching: A Pastoral Approach – Leonora Tubbs Tisdale

The Inward Practice of Spirituality
On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life – Dorothy Bass and Susan Briehl
Soul Feast – Marjorie Thompson
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life – Tish Harrison Warren

Did Kid God Kill Jesus – Tony Jones
Speaking Christian – Marcus Borg
Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry – William Willimon
Sabbath as Resistance – Walter Brueggemann
Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry Series – Andrew Root
The Scandalous Message of James – Elsa Tamez
A Gospel of Hope – Walter Brueggemann
Truth Speaks to Power: the Countercultural Nature of Scripture – Walter Brueggemann

Practical Ministry
Almost Christian – Kenda Creasy Dean
Tending to the Holy – Bruce and Katherine Epperly
This Odd and Wondrous Calling – Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhagen
Missional Youth Ministry – Brian Kirk  and Jacob Thorne
Contemplative Youth Ministry – Mark Yaconelli
Growing Souls: Practices in Contemplative Youth Ministry – Mark Yaconelli
Consuming Youth: Leading Teens Through Consumer Culture – Berard, Penner, & Bartlett
A Will to Lead and the Grace to Follow – William Willimon
Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent – Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
The Mystic Way of Evangelism – Elaine Heath

Dreaming of New Ways for the Church
Missional. Monastic. Mainline. – Elaine Heath and Larry Duggins
Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community – Elaine Heath and Scott Kisker
The Study of Evangelism: Exploring a Missional Practice of the Church – Edited by Paul Chilcote, Laceye Warner
Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Church – Walter Brueggemann

Living Our Faith
Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices – Julie Clawson
March (Trilogy)- John Lewis
A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent – Walter Brueggemann
Interrupting Silcence: God’s Command to Speak Out – Walter Brueggemann

Sharing Powerful Stories
Behind the Kitchen Door – Saru Jayaraman
Waiting to Be Heard – The Students at San Fransisco’s Thurgood Marshall Academy High School
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out – Susan Kuklin
We Were The Least of These: Reading the Bible Survivors of Sexual Abuse – Elaine Heath
Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison – Nell Bernstein

Comic Books
Planet Hulk & World War Hulk – both by Greg Pak
Who Is The Black Panther – Reginald Hudlin
Avengers vs. X-Men – Various Artists
Thor: The God Butcher & The Godbomb – Jason Aaron
Thor: Goddess of Thunder – Jason Aaron
Red Hulk vs. Green Hulk – Jeph Loeb
Amazing. Fantastic. Incredible – Stan Lee
Doctor Strange – The Way of the Weird – Jason Aaron
The Flash – New 52 Series – Francis Manapul

Non-Churchy Books
Incorporation – Will Willimon (church book, but it’s a fictional novel about church life)
The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good – 
Cory Booker
Guide to Political Revolution – Bernie Sanders
When We Fight We Win: 21st Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World
The Book of Joy – Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace – Bana Alabed
The New Jim Crow – 
Michelle Alexander
Why I March – Images from the Women’s March .Around the World