I did one of these “shortlist” posts back in July, and for one reason or another people seemed to find it interesting, so here we go again. Here are five books I aim to delve into in short order.
1. Preemptive Love: Pursuing Peace One Heart at a Time by Jeremy Courtney (@jcourt) – the story of a group of courageous people who together provide lifesaving heart surgeries to underserved children in wartorn Iraq. If you’re not familiar with the Preemptive Love Coalition, this TED Talk by the author is a great place to start. I’ll be reviewing the book soon.
2. On Wealth and Poverty by St. John Chrysostom – a good friend of mine is in the process of joining the Orthodox church, and he’s been nudging me to read this book by one of that tradition’s most esteemed fathers. This book is actually seven sermons on the gospel story of the rich man and Lazarus. I’m looking forward to discussing it afterwards.
3. Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel by Tim Chester (@timchestercouk) – this one, by a church planter in Sheffield, UK, was originally published across the pond nearly a decade ago. Now it’s founds its way to our shores and onto my shelf. I plan to review it here.
4. A Land Without Sin: A Novel by Paula Huston (@paulahuston) – I’m really intrigued by this one, as I mentioned in last week’s Repaso. Once again here’s the book’s official blurb: “In 1993, as revolutionary forces gather in the area, an idealistic young American priest vanishes in the jungles of southern Mexico. The church, immersed in trying to negotiate a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict between wealthy landowners and poverty-stricken indigenas, remains strangely silent in the face of his disappearance. When his sister, Eva–only thirty-four but already a hardened battlefield photojournalist–finds out what’s going on, she flies to Central America to find him. For a cover story, she applies for a job assisting a taciturn Dutch Mayanist, who, it turns out, is on a secret mission of his own.”
5. My Bright Abyss: Meditations of a Modern Believer by Christian Wiman – I haven’t read any of Wiman’s books of poetry, much to my shame, but so many people whose opinion matter to me have recommended this one in glowing terms that this is where I’ll begin.
Which books are on your shortlist?