Ministers’ Summer Reading Lists
After I finish a project I usually read a mystery novel. It is a way for me to take my mind off of important or intense periods of time. With my sabbatical coming up and the summer free to get settled before I start my fellowship at Harvard, I am going to read sci-fi and mystery novels. Besides re-reading my book,Faith for the Unbeliever, which you should all pick up, here is my list for the summer. The truth is I may never get through this list, but I’ll try…
- Where It Hurts, by Reed Farrel
- The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch
- Revolver, by Duane Swierczynski
- American War, by Omar El Akkad
- Anathem, by Neal Stephenson (my favorite sci-fi writer, I’m reading back through his books)
- Faith for the Unbeliever, by Daniel Kanter – Because… of course! I’m looking forward to reading Daniel’s long-awaited book, based on his doctoral work at SMU Perkins School of Theology.
- Double Bind: Women on Ambition, Edited by Robin Romm – A collection of essays about women and ambition.
- Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, by Dr. Willie Parker – Parker, a reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider, draws from his personal and professional experience to make a moral argument for choice.
- No One is Coming to Save Us, by Stephanie Powell Watts – The Great Gatsby set in a contemporary, Southern African American context.
- What to Expect the First Year, by Heidi Murkoff – Because…of course! My wife and I are getting ready to welcome twins in August.
- American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, by David Baron – Baron tells the story of an adventure-filled race between three scientists (Maria Mitchell, James Craig Watson, and Thomas Edison) as they seek to document a total solar eclipse in July of 1878.
- Faith for the Unbeliever, by Daniel Kanter – How could I not include Daniel’s new book in my list? Our own Rev. Kanter uses stories from his life to ground an exploration for how non-traditionally religious people can reclaim the language of faith and build our own meaningful approaches to life.
- Borne: A Novel, by Jeff VanderMeer – A young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company. One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma.
- How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist, by Andrew Newberg M.D. – Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies and a wide-reaching survey of people’s religious and spiritual experiences, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert explore the effect of religious experience on the human brain.