Summer Reading list for 2018

One of my favorite magazines is FastCompany. Today, I primarily follow the on-line version of this publication but for many years I loved to flip through my monthly subscription. The only issue this month listed billionaire Bill Gates’ Summer Reading list for 2018. He picked five books which he is encouraging others to read as well. So as not to be outdone by Mr. Gates, I thought I would share with you the five books I’m suggesting for others to read. dThey are (2 of these are re-reads for me . . . just so you know):

Upward, Inward, Outward

Upward, Inward, Outwardby Daniel Fusco.(This is the first of my re-reads) book looks at the command by Jesus to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.I found it be to a refreshing look at this commandment and a great read.

Longing to Pray

 Longing to PrayJ. Ellsworth Kalas. (this is the second of my re-reads)I’ve used this book several times as a reference point when writing or preaching the psalms.This one is a refreshing look at the psalms and how the can be a part of our daily prayer life.

Spiritual Bypassing

Spiritual Bypassingby Robert Augustus Masters.The author defines “spiritual bypassing” as “the use of spiritual practices or beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds and developmental needs”.I’m looking forward to learn from this author.

Barking to the Choir

Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle.I’ve been a long time fan of Father Boyle.He is a Jesuit Priest who helped found Homeboy Industries which helps people leave the gang lifestyle in Los Angeles, California.His work with both men and women is an inspiration to millions.

Slow Kingdom Coming

Slow Kingdom Comingby Kent Annan.Mr. Annan uses Micah 6:8 as the backdrop to his work. From the back cover of the book “no one said pursuing justice would be easy but an honest approach can change your life.The right practices can guide you through struggles and encourage you for the long run.And faithful commitments can ensure you’re really helping the people you want to help – until God’s kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven”.

I hope this list might inspire you to look for thoughtful works to read during the Summer.

Peace to one and all.

Pastor Scott

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