After a few months disruption of my reading habits, some new ones are starting to emerge as asking to be read! Here is a short list:
Sabbath as Resistance: Saying NO to the CULTURE of NOW by Walter Brueggemann,2014
(from the preface): "In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of the Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative. It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defines by the production
and consumption of commodity goods..."
Brueggemann is a seasoned Old Testament scholar, who points to what we are experiencing today as being already experienced by the Hebrew people of the Old Testament. But his language here is nothing to shy away
from because of that. It is straightforward and simple and very confrontative to our taken-for-granted culture, of which some of us are tired...are you?
SILENCE: the Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh
(2014) This book is almost like a fine-tuning of this wise old teacher's wisdom. Easy to read, easy to follow, it inspires practice. Not only that, but - like Brueggemann - he goes to the very heart of the unhappiness at the core of our world and of our own
lives, and holds out a simplicity of hope for transformation in the most personal way. Take this book anywhere with you and read a sentence or two at a time. It will change your world.
The Sacred Year: Mapping the Soulscape of Spiritual
Practice - How Contemplating Apples, Living in a Cave, and Befriending a Dying Woman Revived My Life by Michael Yankowski (2014) This young Christian motivational speaker, popular and high-powered, came to a standstill one day when he recognized
how his own life had become utterly separated from what he was teaching. It was deep shock and bright breakthrough. This readable, lifestory-oriented book takes us on his journey with tears and laughter, deep insight and sudden spiritual shock. A transformational
read for the reader as you follow MIchael's own transformation.