Friday, February 10, 2012

10 Books That Make Me Who I Am...

#10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (by Judith Viorst) - This book taught me that life is full of bad days no matter who you are, what you do, or where you go.

#9. The Velveteen Rabbit (by Margery Williams) - This book taught me that love is the deepest, most real way of being. Love makes us alive.

#8. Life of Pi (by Yann Martel) - This book taught me that life is all about stories and the best story always wins the day.

#7. Surprised by Hope (by N.T. Wright) - This book taught me that the story of Jesus abolishes body/soul dualism and sanctifies life here and now.

#6. The Idiot (by Fyodor Dostoyevsky) - This book taught me that the way of love is to be a fool - no matter the person(s), no matter the context.

#5. Fear and Trembling (by Soren Kierkegaard) - This book taught me that the way of faith is to relinquish all certainty and (again) to be a fool to the world.

#4. The Coming of God (by Jurgen Moltmann) - This book taught me that all of life is oriented toward the future and, thus, toward the Advent of the Coming One.

#3. Jesus and the Victory of God (by N.T. Wright) - This book convinced me that Jesus of Nazareth is God.

#2. Include Me out: Confessions of an Ecclesiastical Coward (by Colin Morris) - This book continually reminds me that religious debate is utterly vacuous compared to the hands-on mission of Jesus.

#1. Life of the Beloved (by Henri Nouwen) - This book taught me that I am taken, blessed, broken, and given.


  1. Nice, a few to add to my reading list. Just finished my first Moltmann book...feeling the same thoughts toward the future.

    You've got a few older authors there that I still have yet to brave their door, I'm nervous about the amount of time it will take and me not understanding most of what is said.

  2. Thanks Nathan. What "older" authors are you talking about?

    Which Moltmann work did you read? I absolutely love the guy. He gives me life. I am going to read The Crucified God for Lent if you'd like to join me on the journey.

    Never enough time to read it all...