Pastor Chuck’s Reading Recommendations

Pastor Chuck’s Recommended Books 2017
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Howard Thurman (The Inward Journey; Meditations of the Heart)
Carlo Carretto (Letters from the Desert; The God Who Comes; I, Francis)
Joan Chittister (Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today)
Reuben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck (A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants)

Ecology and Economics

Bill McKibben (Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future; The End of Nature; Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age)
Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Discipline)
E.F. Schumacher (Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered)


Michael Kinnamon (Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism; The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends; Truth and Community: Diversity and Its Limits in the Ecumenical Movement)

New Testament

Marcus Borg (Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith; The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (with N.T. Wright); The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion to a More Authentic Contemporary Faith)
John Dominic Crossan (The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant; The Power of the Parable; The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus)
Gunther Bornkamm (Paul)
Robin Scroggs (Paul for a New Day)


Martin Buber (I and Thou; Between Man and Man; The Tales of Hasidism)
Ken Wilber (A Brief History of Everything)


John B. Cobb, Jr. (Christ in a Pluralistic Age)
Huston Smith (The Soul of Christianity)


Parker J. Palmer (Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit)
John Danforth (Faith and Politics: How the “Moral Values” Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together)
Jim Wallis (On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good)
Dennis A. Jacobsen (Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing)


Fred Craddock (Craddock Stories: The Collected Sermons of Fred B. Craddock; Preaching; Overhearing the Gospel)
Barbara Brown Taylor (An Altar in the World; Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith; Home By Another Way; Mixed Blessings; Speaking of Sin; The Luminous Web; Bread of Angels)
John Claypool (Glad Reunion; Tracks of a Fellow Struggler: Living and Growing through Grief)
William Sloane Coffin, Jr. (The Collected Sermons of William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: The Riverside Years (Vol. 2))
William H. Willimon (The Collected Sermons of William H. Willimon; Sermons from Duke Chapel: Voices from “A Great Towering Church”)
Walter Brueggemann (The Collected Sermons of Walter Brueggemann)
Frederick Buechner (The Magnificent Defeat; Peculiar Treasures; The Hungering Dark; Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC)


Wayne Teasdale (The Mystic Heart)
Morton T. Kelsey (Companions of the Inner Way: The Art of Spiritual Guidance; The Other Side of Silence: A Guide to Christian Meditation; Transcend: A Guide to the Spiritual Quest)
Alan Jones (Soul Making)
Parker J. Palmer (To Know as We Are Known: A Spirituality of Education)
Thomas Keating (Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer)
Karen Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life)


Paul Tillich (Systematic Theology; The Courage to Be; The Shaking of the Foundations; The New Being; A History of Christian Thought; Love, Power, and Justice)
John B. Cobb, Jr. (A Christian Natural Theology; Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition (with David Ray Griffin))
Philip Gulley (If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person)