I’ve got a bookshelf near my bed and I generally buy more books than I’ve got time to read. At the start of the year I sorted out this pile that led reading, once I’ve finished the three or four that I’m already reading at the same time.
Looking at the titles I guess this is a clear indication of the way my spiritual life has been going for several years now. My Christian faith has always been important to me, but in recent years has become much more liberal and progressive and I find myself reading authors like those above.
Peter Enns books ‘The Sin Of Certainty’, ‘The Evolution Of Adam’ and ‘The Bible Tells Me So’ have been a welcome refuge for me so I’m looking forward to ‘Inspiration And Incarnation’.
I recently finished ‘Falling Upward’ by Richard Rohr and have just bought ‘The Divine Dance’ an examination of the nature of God from his uniquely mystical stance.
There are a couple of C.S. Lewis books in there which my nephew bought for me in Hay On Wye. I’ve read much of Lewis’ work before and will enjoy revisiting these.
The books on sexuality and gender are of interest because of the passion that I have to see all people welcomed into the body of Christ. Inclusion and equality are Christlike traits that we need to pursue. Equal marriage is only one of the issues that the church needs to address in this area, but it’s a big one.
No doubt more titles will be added soon and some of these books will still be on the pile next year, but I’m getting there.