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!

Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life
Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life

November, 2019 Selection Noted biographer Eric Metaxas examines what he considers to be modern miracles. While he writes from his own perspective as an evangelical Christian, he tries to describe objectively the unexplained things that have ha […]

Why Don’t They Get It? Overcoming Bias in Others (And Yourself)
Why Don’t They Get It? Overcoming Bias in Others (And Yourself)

October, 2019 Selection This short e-book by Brian McLaren is a must read. It explains the baffling phenomenon of why we base decisions on emotions rather than facts. The answer lies in the hidden biases we all have that impact our thoughts an […]

God: A Human History
God: A Human History

September, 2019 Selection Author Reza Aslan pushes the question, “Where does our quest for God and the resulting religious institutions come from?” Coming from the same author of the controversial Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazaret […]

The Second Mountain: The Quest for the Moral Life
The Second Mountain: The Quest for the Moral Life

August, 2019 Selection Columnist David Brooks says that the key to a meaningful, expansive life is to look for something much deeper than your personal ambitions or goals. The second mountain is the search for finding your unique place in the […]

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 […]

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