What We're Reading
Here's what the folks at Missional Wisdom are spending their time reading, contemplating, and teaching! Feel free to pick up a copy and join us in the conversation.
"You can tell a lot about an organization by the books they are reading. When I saw this list, I knew I had found my people." ~Laurie Sandblom, Launch & Lead student
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By Justin Hancock, this is the newest book from the MWF library!
This book invites its readers to an exploration of some of the greatest theologians in Christian history through the lens of disability theology in order to understand how the Christian Church is intended to deal with the ever-evolving concept and reality that is the disabled human experience.
This books brings together an account of the history of disability civil rights, beginning in the early twentieth century and evolving to the present day. It takes a look at some of the foremost theologians in Christian history as seen through the lens of disability theology, in order to help the reader gain an understanding of a diverse, unique, and ever-evolving culture.
Another book, hot off the press from the MWF library! Larry Duggins says it best: "Andrea Lingle is a wise woman who is a curious, inquisitive Christian, who speaks from a depth of experience as a mother, a lay leader, a survivor, and a 'retro-church hipster.' As she walks us through Christian life and experience through the lens of Sunday morning liturgy, she speaks with a voice many of us are straining to hear--that of a 30-something adult who loves Jesus, but who has a few questions."
Wendell Berry made a Sabbath practice of walking the fields of his seventh generation family farm and writing poetry about the experience. In this collection, he has chosen a few poems from each year spanning a segment of his life from raising a young family to empty-nesting. ~Recommended by Wendi Bernau
Reaching into our past and a new story for the future, All That We Share is a book about the "commons." There is another way of looking at ownership that is neither private nor public. This book is called a "Field Guide to the Commons" and it very much informs us of how some things belong to everyone. (Recommended by Bryan Mitchell and Kate Rudd, for it's influence in shaping Haw Creek Commons.)
After recently spending a week with Alexander Shaia on pilgrimage in Iona, Denise Crane, Andrea Lingle, and Larry Duggins recommend his writing, especially Heart and Mind. Larry says, "Occasionally, I will read a book that sticks with me – I think about it throughout a day or a week or a month, and I randomly find myself turning over its ideas as I walk through life. Alexander Shaia’s Heart and Mind: The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation is such a book." (Read the rest of Larry's review here.)
A wonderful introduction to Palmer’s work on Circles of Trust, A Hidden Wholeness attends to that inner journey we’re all making towards wholeness, and the necessity towards health it serves for our societal and global wholeness. It’s a great introduction to Parker Palmer’s work, and a thorough exploration of the work along the path of authenticity and peace. ~Evey McKellar
Alexander Shaia is a wise and experienced man with a fascinating combination of lived and acquired knowledge. He has studied hard to build a wonderful base of psychological, theological and anthropological knowledge, and he has tempered those with the life experience of an immigrant and a pilgrim. Returning from Camino is a gift of both acquired and lived wisdom as it applies to the Camino in particular and to pilgrimage in general. Read the rest of Larry Duggins' review here.
Paul Tillich's The Courage to Be gave me language to articulate a knowledge that is deep within me. Sometimes life seems hard. Really, really hard. And just gathering enough pluck to keep your atoms together seems like a large ask...but if you do...if you let go of what you want to force life to be, then you can find the joy of being. If you release God from being what you think God is, then God is free to be the joy that God is. Read the rest of Andrea Lingle's review here.
This is a four week daily prayer companion with morning, mid-day and evening prayers, guiding the reader/pilgrim around sacred places around the island. For me, it’s been a helpful companion alongside pilgrimage, especially in my own inward journeys and transitions. ~Evey McKellar
A great book of blessings for many occasions, and especially a few that rarely see formal blessings for such times. The words are beautiful, and O’Donahue does a brilliant job capturing the emotion and nuance of specific transitions, feelings, accomplishments, and seasons of release. I used a number of blessings for a personal service of release and grief at a specific season in life where there were many things happening at once - O’Donahue had words for each transition and space. ~Evey McKellar
Recommended by leader, Luke Lingle, this book has helped to shape Missional Wisdom Foundation's theology of fundraising. It was a topic of discussion at our monthly staff meeting in March.
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Elaine Heath describes Divergent Church as "one of the better books on innovative forms of church that I've read in the past couple of years. It features Jonathan Grace's Church in the Square, Valley and Mountain, and Simple Church, along with many others. They ask great questions about ecclesiology and what is happening to people's understanding of the meaning of 'church.'"
Liturgy of the Ordinary is recommended by Larry Duggins. Tish Warren, a young mother, wife and Episcopal priest, has done a wonderful job of sharing her view of ordinary life through the lens of liturgy. She looks at mundane tasks like making the bed and checking email as worshipful acts full of life-giving energy. This is especially interesting because Warren is very clear about how much she loves the liturgy of her church, and her explanatory descriptions are great insights into why liturgy takes the form that it does. Liturgy of the Ordinary explores loving God through the daily activities of routine life in a readable and informative way.
The book behind a popular PBS and Netflix series, Call the Midwife is recommended by Rachel Wells. She enjoyed reading this book and finds it to be a beautiful picture of how just being a part of Christian community (similar the MWF way of doing things, as described in Together: Community as a Means of Grace) can end up leading someone to Christ.
The Mountain of Silence offers a refreshing tale about Kyriacos and his struggle to reclaim his Eastern Orthodox Christian heritage after being educated in Western Schools of thought. Filled with fascinating dialogues between Kyriacos and his spiritual mentor, Father Maximos, the two companions slowly work their way through the major tenants of the orthodox faith and its often misunderstand mystical world view. The book's conversational nature makes it easy to read and hard to put down, while providing thought provoking insights into part of our Christian tradition that few Western Christians know much about. ~Ryan Klinck
"An expansion of Joseph Campbell's and Dan Vogler's work on mythology from a feminist perspective. A well-sourced, easy, and important read. I'm looking for ways to incorporate Frankel's ideas in the next iteration of The Role of Story in Community Development." ~Robert Bishop
CS Lewis is one of the great minds and in my opinion, communicates theology in a wonderfully exciting way. Till We Have Faces is classic CS Lewis which makes the reader imagine both the sinner and saint in us. Brilliant, entertaining, and informative all in the same package. ~Bryan Mitchell
Douglas Campbell’s new work on Paul is a very readable survey into the writings of Paul. Dr. Campbell, a Duke New Testament professor who will be a key player in their new Certificate in Missional Innovation program, has written a book for the rest of us - clear, understandable and to the point. Read the rest of Larry Duggins' review here.
Recommended by a participant during the course of our recent Advent Incarnate study, several MWF staff members agree that Lamb is a good, light-hearted read.
As a leader of a group that tries very hard to be ecumenical and also tries very hard to impress on everyone the importance of spiritual practices that strengthen connection with God, Larry Duggins found Flee, Be Silent, Pray by Ed Cyrzewski quite interesting. Read Larry's full review of the book here.