Favorite Books of the First Half of 2014

Here are some of the books I read from January to June that I enjoyed/appreciated most. 

Fiction 

  • Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (2004 Pulitzer Prize) 
  • The Runaway Jury, by John Grisham 
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (collection of ten short stories) 
  • A Study in Scarlet, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the debut story featuring Sherlock Holmes) 

Theology and Spirituality 

  • Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness, by Wesley Hill (a gay Christian’s reflections on living a celibate life out of convictions about the gospel and Christian morality) 
  • Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays vs. Christians Debate, by Justin Lee (a gay Christian’s account of coming to terms with being gay, exploring Scripture, and presenting a case for legitimizing gay relationships/marriage within Christian ethics) 
  • Behold the Pierced One, by Joseph Ratzinger (before he became Pope Benedict XVI)
  • How to Be Rich, by Andy Stanley (on Christian stewardship and generosity) 
  • Ten: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided and Worn-out Culture, by Sean Gladding (exploration of the Ten Commandments and significance for today)

Leadership and Ministry 

  • The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation, by Herrington, Creech, and Taylor (on the place of spiritual and emotional maturity in the life of a ministry leader) 
  • Rich Church, Poor Church, by Clif Christopher 
  • Effective Staffing for Vital Churches, by Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittain 
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