Shadows & Dust, Vol. II, Issue 8

Here’s my summer recommended reading list #2, including some history, theology and, by popular demand, a couple of light and fun reading suggestions:

  • The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence and Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian by Gary Haugen — The founder and president of International Justice Mission (IJM) has added to his prolific attempts to educate and inspire churchgoers.
  • A Farewell to Arms: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace and Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity by Brian Zahnd — A couple intriguing titles from a Missouri pastor who hobnobs with philosophers. The first is an intriguing work focusing on Jesus as the “Prince of Peace,” and the second is a different sort of take on the uniqueness of the Christian faith.
  • Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World by Chris Lowney — Received this book recently at a local Global Service Associates retreat. BTW, the “450-year-0ld” company is the Jesuit religious order.
  • Miguel de Unamuno: The Agony of Belief by Martin Nozick — De Unamuno was an existentialist, an author, a political scientist, and a fixture at Spain’s oldest and most respected university, but he was also an outlier who church officials branded a heretic.
  • The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien — The kids and I are (finally) finishing up this classic. Might be worth picking up again in preparation for the release of Peter Jackson’s third and last installment in the Hobbit movie trilogy.
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