Book of the month

Each month I’ll pick a book you might find interesting. It will be a work, old or new, that will make you see things in new ways. Let me know what you think!

Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism
Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism

July, 2019 Selection David Gushee, a Christian ethics professor, writes an autobiographical/reflective account of how he moved from an evangelical to a more progressive theological position. It’s an insightful narrative of how one’s faith grow […]

The Universal Christ
The Universal Christ

June, 2019 Selection After reading this latest work by Fr. Richard Rohr, you may never look at Jesus in the same way. Particularly, Father Rohr expands our view of Christ so as to confront the many ways we try to confine him, including rituals […]

Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories

May, 2019 Selection Rob Botherton, a young academic psychologist, explores why people believe even the most outrageous conspiracy theories. His work highlights the power of our subconscious, how it influences us in shaping our religious, polit […]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

April, 2019 Selection Historian Noah Harari does an excellent job of knocking us humans off our imaginary throne. He paints a fascinating picture of our development as a species, and doesn’t sugarcoat the cost to the environment as we ascended […]

I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist’s Eyes
I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist’s Eyes

March, 2019 Selection Hemant Mehta, a young atheist activist and blogger, chronicles his visits to a variety of churches. He gives helpful “outsider” critiques to the congregations, and often dialogues with their pastors. Written with sincerit […]

INCOGNITO: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman
INCOGNITO: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman

Selection for February, 2019 Neuroscientist David Eagleman does an excellent job of noting how our conscious mind is only the tip of the huge iceberg that is the organ inside our cranium. Our brain operates on many hidden levels. If that’s the […]

THE RIGHTEOUS MIND: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt
THE RIGHTEOUS MIND: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt

Selection for January, 2019 Dr. Haidt, an American moral psychologist, does an excellent job of showing how irrational we can beĀ  just when we think we’re being rational. We may be born with a tendency toward values that make us liberal or con […]