I read a lot. In the ranking of necessities, books come in just behind oxygen and closely tied with water.
Right now, in the thick of homeschooling and partnership development, reading feels like something of a luxury, an indulgence to be enjoyed only during the planned rest time of a Sunday afternoon. Yet it is my favorite method of educating myself and this is a season when much education is needed. As we prepare for a life of cross-cultural work, some good grounding in the history of people groups and major life changes seems quite important.
To that end this is what I have read recently:
The God Ask by Steve Shadrach
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
The Leap by Lon Garber
Into the Mud by Christine Jeske
This Ordinary Adventure by Adam Jeske & Christine Jeske
Seven: an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
Rhinestone Jesus by Kristin Welch
Love Does by Bob Goff
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Friend Raiser by Betty Barnett
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Just A Minute by Wes Stafford
Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
National Geographic Magazine, cover to cover, every month for the past three years
Then there is what I want to read:
A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage (I am halfway through)
The Fate of Africa: a History of the Continent Since Independence by Martin Meredith (just started...600+ pages long!)
In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
Born in Blood and Fire: a Concise History of Latin America by John Charles Chasteen
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Next Christians by Gabe Lyons
Cultural Intelligence by David Livermore
Peace Child by Don Richardson
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
Lewis & Clark Through Indian Eyes: Nine Indian Writers on the Legacy of the Expedition by Ralph K. Andrist
a lot of stuff by C. S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer
And there are the titles that seem to have little to do with missions work, but I can clearly see the related lessons in them so I keep reading and re-reading. These are the titles that examine the depths of human depravity, our relationships, our attempts to control, subdue or force the world around us into some sort of "safe" environment.
The Hunger Games (entire series) by Suzanne Collins
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Giver by Lois Lowry (need to see the movie)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (loved the first book, suffered to finish the other two)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (couldn't finish...
And of course, there is the Bible. Duh, I'm reading the Bible.
So, knowing my goal is to absorb as much good literature (fiction and non-fiction) that examines culture and stirs the mind with worthy questions, what else should I be reading? Any suggestions?
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