Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ
Author: Elyse M. Fitzpatrick @ElyseFitz
Official Website: http://www.elysefitzpatrick.com/found-in-him/
Why I picked up this book: This book was actually a gift from one of my associate pastors. I was excited to receive it because I’ve also been desiring to read more theological works written by women. I’m reading it on my Sabbath days and look forward to sharing it with the women from my mentoring ministry leadership team.
From the back cover: In Found in Him, Elyse Fitzpatrick explores the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of our union with Christ, offering us a sure path to ultimate acceptance and true belonging through the power of the gospel.
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Why I picked up the book: One of the things I want to do in my post-seminary learning is read several classics. This one was at the top of the list because Bonhoeffer clearly had an understanding of what it means and looks like to live the whole gospel. He had a pastor’s heart, missional conviction, and commitment to justice. I wanted to sit at his feet and learn from him.
From the back cover: The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thought were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs
Author: Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert @greggilbert
Official Website: http://www.thegospelatwork.com/
Why I picked up the book: I was looking for a book to consider for a fall discussion on the blog when Zondervan sent me a postcard for this book. Since Americans spend many hours at work, I believe the church needs to connect the message of gospel with where people are spending the most of their time. This is a small and easy read that convicted me on a few occasions about my attitude towards work.
From the back cover: In The Gospel at Work, Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both an all-consuming devotion and a punch-in, punch-out mentality—in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ.
Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids
Author: Nicole Baker Fulgham @nicolebfulgham
The Expectations Project @expectproject Official Website: http://www.theexpectationsproject.org/
Teach for America website: http://www.teachforamerica.org/
Why I picked up the book: I heard Dr. Fulgham speak at the Justice Conference earlier this year and I really wanted to read this book. I also have a passion for education and often struggle with how best to address the many challenges that hinder a child’s academic success. I really wanted to hear her perspective concerning how Christians can be part of the solution and support the education progress of children in low-income homes.
From the back cover: There are sixteen million children growing up in poverty in America. They have the same God-given potential as children in wealthier communities, but on average they achieve at significantly lower levels. Education expert Nicole Baker Fulgham explores what Christians can—and should—do to champion urgently needed reform and improve our public schools.
What are you reading these days? Why do you recommend it?