Top Wishlist Books
I thought I’d make a different sort of top ten list as everyone is finishing up posting their ”Best of 2015” lists. I was looking through my Amazon wishlist and thought I’d post my top 10 on my wishlist to see if anyone had suggestions on what I should get to first as I have a little bit of Christmas spending money left. This list won’t be numbered. If you’ve read any of them, let me know your thoughts and whether or not I should prioritize it!
- Place Attachment: Advances in Theory, Methods and Applications - This is an interesting one. It’s an academic work exploring place attachment, or how people form emotional bonds with their surroundings. I think this is a particularly important topic when considering urban ministry & development particularly with the emergence of mega cities.
- An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture - This one looks at the challenge of a consumeristic culture up against the kingdom of God.
- Water To Wine: Some of My Story - This is the autobiographical story of Brian Zahnd searching for a deeper more authentic faith. I enjoyed the excerpt I read and think it’d make for a good read in its entirety.
- Paul and the Gift - This is supposed to be the work on Paul to read. Well this or NT Wrights final tome. But I’ve read so much good about this that I’d one day like to dig into it as daunting as it seems.
- The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism - This one satisfies the input in me. It traces how pirates forge the path (and often evolution) of capitalism, from the pirates sailing the seven seas to the new forms of piracy on the net.
- The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements - This is another sociological book that relates more intentionally to what I do. It looks specifically at how people can be swept up into mass movements and become fanatics for them.
- Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness - This is the last book I’ll mention. It seeks to answer the how of being present, of being rooted in our communities. It’s specific locus is the church and how she can intentionally and positively affect those around her through intentionality.
I know that list isn’t 10. There is room for potential readers to add a book or two. And do tell me your experience with any of the above and how I should prioritize them; I’d love to hear!