2012 Reading List & Discussion Dates

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had several people ask me what I'm reading this year.  Reading diverse, global authors is a practice that I've been engaged in for the past six years...its a practice that has pushed my thinking and informed my living in palpable ways.  So, in this post, I offer a reading list of 12 books (one per month) to supplement your own reading this year.  The books I offer are written by local, national, and global authors (past and present, faith-based and non-faith-based) who are asking great questions about God, living the God-Life, discipleship, and leadership.  You will also notice that each book (except for January's book, The Prodigal God by Tim Keller) is accompanied by a discussion date that I will host in an effort to guide us deeper into life lived informed by our learning. Looking forward to reading, learning, and living with you!

Keller, Timothy. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith (New York, NY: Dutton, 2008). 

McKnight, Scot. Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2004). Discussion: Wednesday, March 7

Carlson, Kent & Lueken, Mike. Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church finds Spiritual Formation (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2011). Discussion: Wednesday, April 4

Frost, Michael & Hirsch, Alan. ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009). Discussion: Wednesday, May 2

Brafman, Ori, & Beckstrom, Rod, A. The Starfish and the Spider: The Power of Leaderless Organizations (New York, NY: Portfolio Publishers, 2006). Discussion: Wednesday, June 6

Rah, Soong-Chan.  The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009). Discussion: Wednesday, July 11

Bonheoffer, Deitrich. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community (New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1945). Discussion: Wednesday, August 8

Hirsch, Alan & Ferguson, Dave. On the Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan). Discussion: Wednesday, September 5

Halter, Hugh & Smay, Matt. And: The Gathered and Scattered Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010). Discussion: Wednesday, October 3 Gibbons, Dave.  The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third Culture Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009). Discussion: Wednesday, November 7 Hirsch, Alan & Ford, Lance.  Right Here Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011). Discussion: Wednesday, December 5

Scandrette, Mark. Practicing in the Way of Jesus; Life Together in the Way of Love (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2011).  Discussion: Wednesday, January 9, 2013