Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2012 Book Report

Time for my annual reader’s roundup! Sparse again this year – fewer than fifty volumes in all, and the list is a bit eccentric. My life is good, but comes with less access to books and less discretionary time to read than I had in days of yore. The saving grace: I get to read for grad school, and it remains part of my day job too.


Creating an Intimate Marriage, by Jim Burns
Some Assembly Required, by Anne Lamott
The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney, by Andrew Jackson
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall
At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters, by Annie Dillard
Forty Odd, by Mary Bard

Right Ho, Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse
The Lost Gate, by Orson Scott Card
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, by Alexander McCall Smith
Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert
A Most Contagious Game, by Catherine Aird
Passing Strange, by Catherine Aird
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, by Alexander McCall Smith
Back Home Again: Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, by Melody Carlson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Bridge to Terebithia, by Katherine Paterson
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler
Cat among the Pigeons, by Agatha Christie
Providence: Once Upon a Second Chance, by Chris Coppernoll


For New Testament survey class:
Acts, Epistles, and Revelation (the Bible)
An Introduction to the New Testament, by D. A. Carson and D. J. Moo

For a class on the mission of God:
Discovering the Mission of God, ed. by Mike Barnett and Robin Martin
Called to Reach: Equipping Cross-Cultural Disciplers, by William Yount and Mike Barnett
An Army of Ordinary People, by Felicity Dale
Who Is My Neighbor? By Phillip and Kandace Connor
And the Word Came with Power, by Joanne Shetler
Servant on the Edge of History, by Sam James

For a class on urban church planting:
Planting and Growing Urban Churches, ed. Harvie Conn
Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, by Aubrey Malphurs
Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission, by Darrin Patrick
Church Planting Movements: How God Is Redeeming a Lost World, by David Garrison

For a class on contemporary issues in the Muslim world:
Whose Promised Land? by Colin Chapman
The Rumbling Volcano: Islamic Fundamentalism in Egypt, by Nabeel Jabbour (read in 2011)
Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to "Holy Land" Theology, by Gary Burge (read in 2011)
Palestine Peace not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter (read in 2011)

(Most in hopes of reviewing them for our online missions magazine)

Women of Faith and Courage, by Vance Christie
Serving As Senders Today, by Neal Pirolo
Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus, by Jerry Trousdale
Unashamed to Bear His Name: Embracing the Stigma of Being a Christian, by R.T. Kendall
In The Land of Blue Burqas, by Kate McCord
Ambassadors to Muslims, by Fouad Masri
People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Funds, by William Dillon
Don't Forget to Pack the Kids, by Jill Richardson
The Final Assault: A Novel about Finishing the Task, by Steve Smith
Threads: One Family's Unlikely Adventure in Business, Mission, and Church Planting, by Arlene Richardson
The Multilingual God: Stories of Translation, by Steve Fortosis
Translating Christ: The Memoirs of Herman Peter Aschmann, Wycliffe Bible Translator, by Hugh Steven
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, by N.T. Wright
Kingdom Journeys: Rediscovering the Lost Spiritual Discipline, by Seth Barnes
Yielded Captive, by Dalaina May
The Yankee Officer and the Southern Belle, by Nell Chinchen

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