What I’m Reading

I enjoy reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately — I would love to hear what you are reading and enjoying so let me know.

Books read in 2017

  • Next: Next: Pastoral Succession That Works  by Williams Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard (Fabulous book – highly recommend!)
  • The Five-Thousand Year Leap by Leon Skousen (Great book on what philosophies shaped the birth of our great nation)
  • Saying Goodbye:  A Time of Growth for Congregations and Pastors by Edward White
  •  Series by Joel Rosenberg:  The Last Jihad,  The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, Dead Heat. These books are loosely based on Rosenberg’s thoughts on the end times.  I think he is a messianic Jew but don’t know much about him.  The books held my interest and were clean novels with good values – even if I don’t agree with the prophetic approach the author seems to embrace.
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (Excellent Book — see my blog about it)

Book List 2016

Of the books below I think I would recommend just about all of them. I think the stand out favorite was The Glass Castle for pure enjoyment. Truman was very well written and informative. Messy Grace should be read by every ?Christian who wants to gain a better perspective on the church’s relationship with the LGBTQ community and our broader culture.

  • Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships that All of Us Have to Give Up In Order to Move Forward by Dr. Henry Cloud
  • Transitional Ministry Today: Successful Strategies for Churches and Pastors
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain by Pastor Chad Veach
  • Truman, by David McCollough
  • War and remembrance by Herman Wouk
  • Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction by Caleb Kaltenbach
  • Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke
  • The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam by Nabeel Qureshi


2 thoughts on “What I’m Reading”

  1. Hi Jim, I noticed that you are reading War and Remembrance. I read that one when it was first published, and can’t help marveling how connections linger and memories can be triggered for lifetimes. Looks like the latest Islamic terrorism attack in London played out almost on the very steps of the Cathedral where I was Christened into the Anglican Church some 69 or so years ago. Southwark Cathedral ( Pronounced “Suth-uck” ) is on the South side of London Bridge. I was Christened in the Harvard Chapel. To commemorate the occasion of the first American citizen to be Christened there, my father ( Lt JG Robert Lee Jones Sr) gifted a brass plaque engraved with the particulars and a large silk American Flag with gold fringe which hung behind the altar for years. Political disagreements led to it’s being removed by a reportedly communist faction in the clergy sometime in the late ’60’s. The Canon, Colin Cattell was a close friend, and customer of my grandfather whose printing company published their orders of service bulletins and a monthly periodical entitled “Over the Bridge,” among others. My grandfather was also the conductor of many orchestral and choir events at the cathedral over the years. He was awarded a beautiful ebony and sterling silver baton by the cathedral in honor of his service. The baton was given to my Uncle upon my grandfather’s death. I can’t but wonder how my family would have taken this latest outburst of venom from supposedly British citizens. After serving through the Blitz of WWII in which my grandfather was an air-raid warden and my father served with the military attache of the US Embassy in London, and the destruction of the family business ( ecclesiastical printers ) by a Nazi incendiary bomb, and the subsequent rebuilding of that business; I’m sure they would be saddened and outraged after having made the world safe from Nazi Germany, that other forms of evil pop up like “Whack- a- Mole .”
    In case you’re interested in doing further research, the full title of Southwark Cathedral is ” The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, Southwark, London.” Google maps has some good photos too.

    1. Robert — Thanks for this information on your family connection with London and World War 2. What a fascinating story. It is sad that various people don’t seem to appreciate the sacrifices that previous generations made to defend the free world from the Nazi onslaught. Great to hear the circumstances of your christening in the Anglican Church. God keeps his promises made in our baptism over the course of our lives.

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