It’s not a New Years resolution but two of my current personal goals are to 1) write more and 2) read more. To combine these, I’d thought I’d write a bit about what I read in January. I’ll include both finished and “in process” books and maybe you’ll find something to read too!
Finished in January
I finished three books this month - an encouraging number! I used to finish a book every few days but life and family and work got in the way. That sounds a bit stronger than I mean because I love all of those things but I’ve been intentionally trying to take more time to read of late. In January I finished:
- Honor Among Thieves by James SA Corey: Yes this is fiction and yes it’s about the Star Wars world. SWVII got me excited about that universe again and I loved book 1 of the Expanse series. I enjoyed this one too. It wasn’t the best SciFi I’ve read but it held my attention until the end. It needed more jedi though (it takes place between ep IV & V).
- Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches From New Believers by J. D. Payne: In my subjective take, I’d rate it 3 of 5. It tries heavily to blend traditional and field models of church planting and there is definitely some good things in it. My favorite aspect: highly encouraging CP from the perspective of new believers rather than poaching. I think it’d be helpful especially for those working in more Western contexts.
- A New Apostolic Reformation? A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement by R. Douglas Geivett and Holly Pivec: There has been a lot of talk about the NAR in the news but little substance. I see lots of heavy (and sometimes grossly overstated) critique but little in the way of what is actually going on. So, I was quite interested upon seeing this work. I really appreciate where they start: that those in the NAR who they are talking about are sincere in their love and devotion of Jesus. I see a lot of critique starting at the place of “those devils” and I much appreciated this alternative approach. And I found it quite helpful in looking at the specifics of belief and structure; I definitely came away with a much deeper understanding. It’s critiques were spot on as well as there is much to be concerned about (i.e., the treatment of the term Apostle as office rather than ministry function even though the former fails any serious exegesis). If you also are curious at this emerging movement, particularly in the US, I’d encourage giving this helpful, honest and gracious book a read.
Books Started But Not Yet Finished
I’ve got several other “irons in the fire” so to speak. Here they are:
- Ecclesiogenesis by Leonardo Boff: This dense little book looks at emerging movement phenomena in Catholic settings (primarily in the South American communities, specifically Brazil). It’s definitely interesting so far.
- The Big Picture: Building Blocks of a Christian Worldview by Brian Harris: This book is phenomenal so far. I’m working slowly through it and using it as inspiration for a cross cultural worldview seminar I’m working on developing. It’s written by an Australian so doesn’t equate Christian Worldview to the American scene (something I’ve seen quite a few books do) but instead seeks to integrate a biblical understanding into the culture we emerge out of. Again, it’s really good and will be on the finished list for February.