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Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Reading List

A couple of days ago I showed you my journal for my summer reading, and I promised you in that post a list of what I am hoping to read during that time.  Whooops, I forgot to include that list.  So here it is for you now.

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I began with "Thrashing with God, finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything by Mandy Steward.  Finished that, LOVED it, totally fits with where God has me at the moment, awesome book if you are struggling with faith and church etc.

Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything

Now I'm into Naked Spirituality by Brian D McLaren which I began a couple of months ago.  It breaks the faith journey down into 4 seasons with 3 "words" or "practices" for each season.  I admit to reading the intro and then jumping right into the section on autumn when I began reading, as that totally fits with where I am at and also with the first book, above.

Naked Spirituality

Now the ones I have yet to start: and honestly I don't see how I will get through them all before the end of August, but I don't even own two of them yet so I might skip those. 

First the ones I do have copies of: 
Born to Create - Stepping Into Your Supernatural Destiny by Theresa Dedmon.  From the Amazon description: 
Creatively Supernatural!
There is a connection between creativity, your identity, the Church, and the world—and it is an important connection. Creativity is tied to all believers’ identity, all who are made in the image of the Creator, all who are born to create!
Overflowing with many thrilling, modern-day testimonies, Born to Create emphasizes the magnitude of both craft—practice and excellence—as well as anointing. Many who have been freed to embrace their creative ideas and passions, whether in the art fields, business, or education, share their amazing stories with you. Their freedom allowed them to powerfully release healing, the prophetic, and the knowledge of God’s love into the marketplace.

Born to Create: Stepping Into Your Supernatural Destiny

Next: An Army Arising - Why Artists Are At The Frontline Of The Next Move of God by Christ John Otto.  From the Amazon Description: 
An Army Arising is about this moment in history, and God's secret weapon to change the world. Today is the moment of the story, and artists are the best equipped to seize this moment.
In the past seven years there has been an emerging renaissance movement in the church. God is raising up arts ministries and artists in a new way.
An Army Arising includes a study of the artist in the Bible, a review of how Christian doctrine impacts the arts, and practical tools for artists and creative people to be warrior artists.

An Army Arising: Why Artists are on the Frontline of the Next Move of God

Saying Yes - Accepting God's Invitation to Artist's and The Church by Cindy West.  From the Amazon description:
What will you do with the powerful gift of art?

It's a question for every artist. It's also a question for the church. And while both groups might come up with different answers, God offers a remarkable invitation that encompasses both and enriches the Kingdom at the same time. Life is filled with the creativity of God. From the rich colors of sunset to the evocative sounds of music, our world displays His infinite imagination. As God's children, our Creator offers us a remarkable invitation:
(c) to enrich His Kingdom through our talents.
(d) a divine collaboration with Him to enrich the church through creativity.

Yet often the desire to merge ministry with the arts seems to inspire more questions than creativity. Do I have talents to offer? Can God use my specific gifts? Is there even room for the arts in today's church?
Cindy West presents an inspiring challenge for artists and the church to collaborate for His glory. As the director of worship arts at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado, Cindy draws from her rich experience as an innovator in connecting artistry with ministry. Inside you'll find insights on
Discovering and nurturing your unique talents
Finding your role in creative ministry
Developing a worship arts program in your church
Most of all, you'll be encouraged to say yes to the creative collaboration of a lifetime.

Now one I only managed to buy a few weeks ago when I found a second hand copy somewhere.  Anam Cara - Spiritual Wisdom From the Celtic World byJohn O'Donohue.  I have been wanting to read this for a while and may jump it up the queue to read next.

 From the Amazon Description: 
When St Patrick came to Ireland in the 5th century AD, he encountered the Celtic people and a flourishing spiritual tradition that had already existed for thousands of years. He also discovered that where the Christians worshipped one God, the Celts had many and found divinity all around them: in the rivers, hills, sea and sky. The ancient Celtic reverence for the spirit in all things survives today - a vibrant legacy of mystical wisdom that is unique in the Western world.

Now, in this exquisite book, Irish poet and schollar John O'Donohue shares with us the secrets of this ancient world. Using authentic Irish prayers and blessings, he reveals the treasures that lie hidden within your own soul and the 'secret divinity' in your relationships. As he traces the cycles of life and nature, he draws from the holy waters of Ireland's spiritual heritage to lead you to a place where your heart can be healed and nourished. It is a place wher you will disocer your own anam cara, your true 'soul friend'.

Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom from the Celtic World

FINALLY, the two I have yet to obtain, so if anyone is looking to buy me a special treat anytime soon, this is what to get - (HEY, there's no harm in hint dropping right, who knows, I might get blessed by someone) -

Walking on Water - Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle.
From the Amazon Description:
In this classic book, Madeleine L'Engle addresses the questions, What makes art Christian? What does it mean to be a Christian artist? What is the relationship between faith and art? Through L'Engle's beautiful and insightful essay, readers will find themselves called to what the author views as the prime tasks of an artist: to listen, to remain aware, and to respond to creation through one's own art.

And the final book is because I keep coming across quotes from the original author (this is a translation, he was German) in all sorts of different places and would be interested to read more.

Sermons, Writings and Sayings from Meister Eckhart - From Whom God Hid Nothing
From the Amazon Description:
That Meister Eckhart is among the most important of Christian mystics is beyond dispute, so any collection that makes his work accessible to a wider audience is welcome. This new collection assembles material from existing translations along with a foreword by an important contemporary Benedictine mystic. The material is organized with an eye toward easing readers into Eckhart, beginning with short quotations then moving to table talk, sermons, and other longer pieces.

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  1. Hi there (this is LisaS, friend from Soul Food). Glad you're posting again.. Looks like a full summer reading list. Are you journaling each book? Are you keeping separate journals for each? "Saying Yes" looks intriguing. I own "Walking on Water" and adore this book.. for me it's one of those books that I'll probably read more than once (you can borrow it but you'll need to drop by Canada to pick it up.. hahaha)

    1. Hi Lisa. Looks Like I am only going to get through two of them. The one at the top that i finished quite early on and the naked Spirituality one. It has post it notes all the way through and now I'm going back, underlining and making journal pages, although there has been a bit of a halt on that because we have Holiday Club (VBS) next week and I've been doing stuff for that.

      hmmm, I think it might work out cheaper to buy a copy of walking on water, than to come get yours. ho hum!


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