What I'm Reading/Listening To...

During my sermons, I often talk about the phenomenal books/podcasts I'm reading/listening to these days.  I invite you to check them out--maybe even start a book club:

  • For the Love..Jen Hatmaker is an incredible minister/theologian/author/activist/mom.  She's written several books (Of Mess and Moxie was particularly great) and recently came out with a podcast.  "For the Love" dives into lots of different types of stuff- food, humor, transitions, feminism, and faith. My personal faves have been with Comedian John Crist, Author Rachel Held Evans (and her conversation about "The Greatest Commandment") 
  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, Austin Channing Brown. I've been making my way through this book- slowly but surely. As a white, straight person, it's a hard book to read.  Acknowledging white privilege is step one. I'm working on it. ((Also has an episode with For the Love))
  • Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks, Bob Goff.  Bob Goff strikes again, with gold.  I'm savoring his timely words, perfect for today's culture (especially when you get past the He-God language).  You might assume it's merely surface level stuff, but he digs deeper into what love may look like in a society so full of despair and fear/hate/anger.   ((Also has an episode with For the Love))
  • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, Rachel Held Evans. BRAND NEW book (released June 12).  I admit I haven't read this all the way through yet, but ready to dive into this one real soon. ((Also has an episode with For the Love))
  • Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, Diana Butler Bass. Also a recent release (April 3).  I'm contemplating using this book as a sermon series this summer!
  • Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness will Transform your Faith, Mihee Kim-Kort. This book isn't released until July 1, but I'm on the launch team and received an early, free copy.  It's so, so good. I was able to use it in my sermon a few weeks ago about the goodness, beauty, and holiness of our bodies.  "We're not called to be perfect. We're called to love.  We're called to love bodies and to love from our bodies."- Mihee Kim-Kort
  • Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed, Laurie Kilmartin. I cackled my way through this book.  If you're looking for a hilarious (and a little crude) resource to grief about a parent's passing, this is for you. 
  • Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, Kate Bowler.  This book helps answer (or at least invite conversation) questions about God and why bad things happen to good people.  What does our faith say about a God who lets bad things happen to good people? If God cared that much about us, why do humans experience that much pain? Bowler helps us process those thoughts/emotions in accessible language.  Again, she doesn't offer straight answers, but instead encourages conversation and insight related to her own experience.   

-Judith