Great Reads

Pastor Nanette’s Top Reading Picks 

(as of now)

If Grace Is True

If Grace Is True

– Philip Gulley and James Mulholland

The first book that spoke to the definition of God’s grace without limit for everyone.

The Preaching Life

The Preaching Life

– Barbara Brown Taylor

BBT has a wonderfully poetic way of writing and a miraculously perceptive way of naming the wonder, challenge, and humbling task and calling of being in ministry.

Learning to Walk in the Dark

Learning to Walk in the Dark

– Barbara Brown Taylor

A work toward accepting the rhythms of life for persons of faith that includes and embraces the moments in life that are more about suffering and struggle than ease and comfort.

Collected Sermons of Fred B Craddock

The Collected Sermons of Fred B. Craddock

– Fred B. Craddock

Craddock is simply the best orator and theologically acute homiletician the world may ever know.

Cadences of Home

Cadences of Home

– Walter Brueggemann

Brueggemann speaks from a Hebrew/Old Testament knowledge of how to understand a faith home in the midst of complex cultural issues.

Hope for the World

Hope for the World

– Walter Brueggemann

A series of collected lectures from global speakers about missional hope in a destructive world.

Grace and Responsibility          Becoming a Thinking Christian

Grace and Responsibility: A Wesleyan Theology for Today – John Cobb

Becoming a Thinking Christian – John Cobb

John Cobb is a focused Wesley scholar who brings academic understanding and reason to how we can understand and interpret Wesley’s insight for the church today.

Heart of Christianity

The Heart of Christianity

– Marcus Borg

Borg is an accessible author speaking to those of us not wanting a faithful and good historic understanding to limit how following Jesus is a relevant way of life today.

Soul of Christianity

The Soul of Christianity

– Houston Smith

Smith has been able to hone in on an understanding of Christianity that allows for strength in accepting and respecting diverse religious systems throughout the world.

Making the Connections

Making the Connections

– Beverly Wildung Harrison

The seminal book of social ethics from a feminist and relational perspective

Stitches

Stitches:  A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair

– Anne Lamott

This short book is rich and deep and amazingly funny with unique perspectives on what it means to grieve and love and hope in the midst of struggle.

 

A Bit About the Author

Pastor Nanette serves a large community of grace-givers in Olathe, KS at Grace United Methodist Church. She lives a life of grace and grateful living as she cartwheels through this world and runs down the aisles after every service in this church she knows and loves. She hangs out with her dog Buddy and cat Ringo while pondering the known world along with the unknown universe of their graceful God. Her hope is that through this blog, you can take just a minute each week to embrace grace and take a breath knowing God is by your side and on your side.

 

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