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Volume 97, Number 1


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Eldon Fry

Books to deepen the soul

In keeping with the summer reading theme, Eldon Fry shares with us those books that have made the biggest impact on his life.

A Generous Orthodoxy
by Brian McLaren
This book provides insights into the belief system that is impacting the emergent generation and churches as they face the complexities of today's culture.

Life Together
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
This is a classic on living in community as Christians and making the sacrifices of Christian ministry.

The Beloved Community
by Charles Marsh
Marsh provides a historical and Christian perspective on the origins of the civil rights movement from within the Christian community.

Blue Like Jazz
by Donald Miller
Miller's book challenges Christians to seriously see their witness in a more holistic life-application approach.

God Has a Dream
by Desmond Tutu
Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Anglican priest, and anti-apartheid activist, imparts wisdom and vision for hope in reconciliation.

The Wounded Healer
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Nouwen offers profound, spiritual writings in The Wounded Healer. A Catholic priest, Nouwen left academia to serve mentally handicapped people in L'Arche Community in Toronto, Canada.

Christian Perfection
by Francis Fenelon
Christian Perfection is filled with insights written by Fenelon as letters of spiritual counsel and direction to persons living in the seventeenth century in the midst of the excesses of French royalty.

Devotional Classics
by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith (eds.)
This is a review of classic and contemporary literature from five streams of spiritual life; it also includes summaries and quotes from authors related to each of those stream to provide insight and challenge in how we can apply strengths from each stream to our daily life and thought.

Christian Classics in Modern English
(includes Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, The Imitation of Christ by Tomas A’ Kempis, and Confessions by St. Augustine)
These three classics, housed in one paperback volume, contain very practical principles that can be life changing.

Coming Together
by Curtiss Paul DeYoung
Curtiss is a personal friend and a wonderful author and teacher, as well as a practitioner in reconciliation. He writes out of the wealth of his scholarship and experience to help us find ways to move towards unity. All books by Curtiss will be thoughtful and challenging reading.

Scholarship & Christian Faith
by Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen
Written by two respected faculty at Messiah who have collaborated with other faculty, this book offers a thoughtful look at the issues around faith, learning and scholarship. All the authors provide insights into how Christian faith intersects with good scholarship.

Reconciliation: Restoring Justice
by John W. De Gruchy
De Gruchy is a Christian scholar from South Africa who provides keen insights in ways that Christians can live out this central theme to our faith when so many attempts have dissolved and disappeared.

The Street Lawyer
by John Grisham
All books by John Grisham have found there way to my office. But this one speaks to issues of justice and poverty in a way that is memorable.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
by Patrick Lencioni
All of his leadership books are based on the power of a mythical story that has insightful applications for leadership. Read them all. Reflect on the meaning and grow!

Men of Character
by Lawrence Kimbrough (ed.)
Based on Biblical men, this journal and book combination provides biblical texts, insightful quotes and sidebars along with space to reflect on personal application of applied lessons. This book provided healing for me during a painful time of transition.

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