It’s 2011 and I and many of my friends posted the “what I read in 2010” lists on facebooks, blogs and other forms of social media. These are great because they provide insight into people’s interests, but also the influences which shape the way they think. And they give ideas for newer books to peruse this year!
I logged somewhere in the mid-40s for total books read last year. When I reviewed the list, I was both satisfied and dissatisfied. First, there was not enough fiction on my list. To my shame, I read one novel, a ghetto pastoral called The Breadgivers, which is a classic. Second, a lot of my theological reading was either general or rereads. I need to change that. The most satisfying portion of my reading list was the fact that I did read more than ministry-related works. Now, since I love history, most of those books were related to that field, which is a deficiency, I admit.
One way pastors, and anyone for that matter, get out of touch with our people or culture is by limiting reading only to the theological. A good way to supplement that is to read outside the P&R or IVP catalog and “one click” a few other books on amazon that may interest us. We can learn a lot about the human condition and, I believe, have a greater burden for the Kingdom.
What did you read this year? My list is over at facebook.
My top two suggestions from 2010 are: Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather than the State by Daniel Bell and Inventing Human Rights by Lynn Hunt.