It’s time for pumpkin picking, corn mazes and costumes — but meanwhile, the world continues to turn and here are some of my favorites tweets and reads from October:
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice — I’ve had this book for a long time, but never read it until this month. Loved it! Highly recommended. Can’t wait to read its sequel.
Heavenly Discourse by Charles Erskine Scott Wood — Wow. Ran across this while doing some research on the U.S. Army’s pursuit of non-treaty members of the Nez Perce nation. Wood himself participated in the pursuit, but spent his later years advocating for people on the margins. This irreverent, satirical drama isn’t a Christian apologetic, but I like it better than Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters combined.
Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War by Daniel J. Sharfstein — Listened to this on audiobook. Absolutely, it was 17 hours well spent! Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce nation is most well known for his words while surrendering to the U.S. Army, “I will fight no more forever…”
Job and the Mystery of Suffering: Spiritual Reflections by Richard Rohr — When it comes to suffering, and coming to grips with it, there’s nothing like a look into the Book of Job (at least its first 41-and-a-half chapters). The theological truisms and platitudes that get tossed around by well-meaning friends don’t survive long in Job’s presence.
Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson — Never learned about this important and compelling story in school. Better late than never, for sure!
Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928 by David Wallace Adams — Another chapter of our history that got little to no mention during my years in school — secondary and postsecondary.
Peregrine by Caroline Goodwin — I attended one of Caroline’s poetry readings last month. Loved it! We originally connected after I read her powerful poem on the Sand Creek Massacre, but since then I’ve also been challenged and inspired by her other works, including this small book of poetry.
Civil Wars by June Jordan — These essays on race in America are as well written as any I’ve come across in years, and although they were written several decades ago, they’re as relevant as ever.