Here’s my first shot at a summer recommended reading list, whether you prefer old-school books or downloading titles on your e-reader or watching clips online:
- The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly — Have Easterly before and lean towards his perspective on economics, growth and the realities of aid and development.
- The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade by Philip Jenkins — I really respect Jenkins and his scholarship. If you’re looking for a history-related read, this one would be a good choice.
- Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context by Glen H. Stassen & David P. Gushee and/or A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age by Glen H. Stassen — If you’re interested in a title on the intersection of faith and the contemporary world, these books come highly recommended.
- The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace by John Paul Lederach — I thought of this book after our church’s recent discussion on war, violence and pacifism.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou — A classic autobiography from the recently deceased award-winning author.
- The Stranger — This documentary chronicles the stories of three immigrants and includes interviews with American Christian leaders.