dwight’s top 10 – books of 2010

Here’s my list for 2010 . . . no particular order:

1. James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

2. James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

3. Elizabeth Hun Schmidt’s The Poets Laureate Anthology

4. Thomas Long’s Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral

5. John O’Keefe’s Boneyard: Creatives Will Change the Way We Lead in the Church

6. Andrew David, Chris Keller, & Jon Stanley’s “God Is Dead” and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself: Theological Engagements With the New Atheism

7. Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove & Enuma Okoro’s Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

8. John  McKnight & Peter Block’s The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods

9. Walter Brueggemann’s Journey to the Common Good

10. Jurgen Moltmann’s Sun of Righteousness, Arise!  God’s Future for Humanity and the Earth

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Peace, dwight

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  1. Hey Dwight,
    Long’s book is awesome. I read it when I started down here in Lebanon and it reached beyond just funerals to much of what we do at church (at least in my head, still working on it in the service). Have you thought about using it in one of the MDiv classes? I think it was also cut down to article length in Christian Century that might work better.
    Hope things are well!

  2. Hi Dwight,

    Thanks for the book list. I see I have much catching up to do on fascinating-looking stuff. I’ve taken it on myself in recent years to specialize as I could on understanding Christian origins, so much of my reading time has gone there… a story very little known or accepted (or both) by most Christians, of all “stripes.”

    I just got your “follow” on Twitter… thanks. Glad to have found your website, etc. If you check my blog, you’ll see I have a nearly life-long (I’m 61) Christian involvement, though largely “outside the fold” in recent years. However, I am seeking new ways to re-engage open, progressive Christians and will be at the Phoenix BTX… Will you happen to be there? (Long ways from Seattle, I know). Also curious if you have Mennonite background or relatives? Friesen is certainly a good Mennonite name… had a few of them, Claasens, Jantzens, etc. on my mother’s side. Her parents and prior generations were Mennonite, with less common name of Voth (from Vogt). Her grandparents immigrated with a sizable group coming out of Georgia (Russia) in the 1870’s. Some settled in Kansas and brought the now-important hard red winter wheat.

    Howard Pepper

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