Trouble Everyday…but books help…

Posted: August 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Trouble everyday…that’s an old great Frank Zappa tune. Anyway, just a title here…

So look, I wanted to mention a few Christian/spiritual books I have been reading or rereading over the last year or more. You might find them interesting, you might have read them, know of them, or have a wrong idea about them.

Let’s see…well one of the most significant and engaging Christian authors of recent years, for me anyway, has been Donald Miller. His books Blue Like Jazz, and Searching for God knows what (to name just two) are some of the most easily accessible, honest, humble, funny, thoughtful spiritual books that I can ‘click’ with as a young(ish) guy just moving through life.

Now you see, I do really have much respect for a number of other highly acclaimed christian writers like Yancey, Rick Warren, J John, Nicky Gumble, Mike Pilavachi and others; but I feel the books of Don Miller you could actually hand over to a non-believer friend and they would give them a chance. He writes like he is just thinking casually, without seeming too deep, heavy, serious; often joking and creating a mood while putting forward an idea. Very good reading there.

Like many, I really like the works of C.S. Lewis. Of course he is seen as a very respected classic christian author, theologian and his book Mere Christianity could be considered the one to offer to anyone for a chance to find God and a spiritual path in life.

Brian McLaren has written a number of great and possibly challenging books often looking at modern culture and faith and how they can meet up and move along together with us. He also thinks about where the church is today, where is can go, what it should be as times and culture moves continually.

A possibly controversial christian author that many (at least here in the UK) might not know so well, is Erwin McManus. He does very much write for the very male guy, who might seem very lost in church, in faith, searching and feeling a need for direction in faith. Some of his books can be a little repetitive, but The Barbarian Way:Unleash the Untamed Faith, The Uprising Experience are good for a masculine perspective.

Also from here in the UK a few years ago we had the Manga Bible, which was so really good. Yes, it is a graphic novel, black and white comic book, but it is in the Japanese visual manga style and features the main bible stories and most of Jesus life. Very strong, amazing work, very cool and by an artist called Siku, who worked on the 200AD comic book among others.

Another big hit in recent years, from an alternative culture side, was the autobiography of Brian HEAD Welch, guitarist from huge American rock/metal band KORN, who left at their commercial peak, dealing with massive drug and addiction and life problems and finding Jesus and God and changing his life forever. Great, stark but powerful read.

At this point, I think I’ll just put down a list of a few of these interesting, possibly useful Christian/spiritual books you might find helpful, or worth looking for:

Soul Revolution:How imperfect people become all God intended- John Burke

No Perfect People Allowed:Creating a come as you are culture in church-John Burke

Soul Graffiti: Making a life in the way of Jesus-Mark Scandrette

ReJesus:A Wild Messiah for a missional church -Frost and Hirsch

Donald Miller-Blue Like Jazz, Searching for God knows what, A million miles in a thousand years, Through painted deserts, This Beautiful Mess

Siku-The Manga Bible, The Manga Jesus collection

Velvet Elvis-Rob Bell

Save me from myself:How I found God, quit KORN, kicked drugs and lived to tell my story-Brian HEAD Welch

Stronger:Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality-Brian Welch

Washed by blood:Lessons from my time with KORN and my journey to Christ-Brian Welch

They Like Jesus But Not the Church: Insights from Emerging Generations by Dan Kimball

Restless Pilgrim: The Spiritual Journey of Bob Dylan by Scott M. Marshall and Marcia Ford

Spiritual Journeys: How Faith has influenced Twelve music icons-Steve Beard and Bonham

The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within by Erwin Raphael McManus

UPRISING: A Revolution of the Soul by Erwin McManus

WHY MEN HATE GOING TO CHURCH by David Murrow

A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That are Transforming the Faith by Brian Mclaren

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World by Brian D. Mclaren (27 Sep 2012)

The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern MatrixPaperback– 31 Dec 2002 Brian McLaren

More Ready Than You Realize: The Power of Everyday ConversationsPaperback– 1 Jan 2002 Brian McLaren

 

There are many more, so go look over bookshops and the internet for something that might challenge or engage you and your own faith.

 

 

 

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