Reading

The following is a collection of good books to get you started on exploring this conversation. Feel free to add your own books with descriptions/summaries in the comments or to comment on your perspective of any of the books listed here. (Books are in alphabetical order by author.)

The Study of Evangelism: Exploring a Missional Practice of the Church edited by Paul Wesley Chilcote and Laceye C. Warner
Links: reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description: coming soon…

 

 

Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean
Links: reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description: coming soon…

 

 

I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus by Don Everts and Doug Schaupp
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
coming soon…

 

 

Shaped by the Story: Helping Students Encounter God in a New Way by Caesar Kalinowski and Mike Novelli 
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
Novelli and Kalinowski provide a template for telling the whole story of the Bible as discussion-driven narrative. Using symbols, small group conversation, creative discussion starters, and imaginative readings, Shaped by the Story is a gold-mine of ideas for helping youth pastors to figure out how to communicate the overarching story of God’s engagement with humanity throughout history. Oftentimes, we talk about Bible stories devoid of their context, pulling principles but without the big picture. This book is a much needed call to rediscover the whole story.

unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
Kinnaman and Lyons provide an incredibly hard-hitting picture of the image problem facing Christianity in today’s culture. However, it’s not without hope and together they show both the problems as well as cast some exciting vision of what responses could be. Asking non-Christians what their perceptions of Christians are, Kinnaman and Lyons find that Christians actions are surprisingly un-Christian. Data-driven while still be interesting and readable, unChristian is not just a collection of pastoral observations, but a rich conversation with the culture that surrounds us.

The Next Christians: How a New Generation Is Restoring the Faith by Gabe Lyons
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
coming soon…

 

 

 

Biography as Theology: How Life Stories Can Remake Today’s Theology by James William McClendon 
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
coming soon…

 

 

Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us by Scot McKnight
Links: reviews on goodreads, amazon; order from Hearts and Minds
Description: Fantastic re-imaging of the Gospel. McKnight displays a great case for a holistic understanding of Christ’s Kingdom that invades every area of our life and reunites us to God, reunites us to his creation, reunites us to others, and reunites us to ourselves. He includes an overview of atonement stories and how they all have something to say for the Christian experience. Generally, he expands the Kingdom to include all of us…no matter how broken or together we may appear, there’s space for us in the Kingdom.

 

A Community Called Atonement by Scot McKnight
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
A Million Miles is excellent. Miller has his sassy, witty narration nailed, but its this time tinged with more hope and direction than Blue Like Jazz. The idea of the story, that each of our live is a story waiting to be lived, was compelling. Just reading that description I wrote actually sounds a bit cliched, but I assure you that this book isn’t a cliche. Never too preachy, but still making a point, Miller weaves his own stories with the compelling lives of others into a tapestry of worth-filled live that makes you want to take your own shot at living one.

Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go by Mark Oestreicher
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
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Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church by James K.A. Smith
Links: reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description: coming soon…

 

 

Evangelism After Christendom:  The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness by Bryan Stone
Links:
reviews on goodreadsamazonorder from Hearts and Minds
Description:
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