So here is my first #ReadingList post! I went through my bookshelves the other week and picked out a few titles that I’ve been meaning to read, or to read again.
I’d love for someone to read any of these along with me! If you do, let me know which book you’d like to read, and lunch is on me when we get together to discuss our thoughts!
T.S.Eliot – Ash Wednesday (in The Waste Land and other Poems)
Eliot wrote this long poem soon after his conversion to the Anglican Church. It features the beautiful line “Because I do not hope to turn again”, which has always captured my heart for the season of Lent. We fast and commit ourselves to acts of devotion, so that our focus will be won for Jesus, and that we might “fix our eyes on Jesus”. We hope to never turn back. As this holy season begins, I’ll let this poem get me started.
Sounding the Seasons – Malcolm Guite
This is really less of a Lenten reading, and more of a 2017 reading. Jen got me this little volume of 70 sonnets of the Christian year for Christmas, and I have really enjoyed letting them attend the feasts and seasons so far. There are several poems for the Lenten Season, and into Holy Week, so I expect to have my heart stirred.
Divine Sex – Jonathan Grant
This is the only academic or practical theology book on my docket for this season. Bp. Bill was kind enough to recommend and distribute this book at our last clergy retreat, and I’ve been recalcitrant in actually picking it up. It’s an important topic, as we wrestle as believers through what a healthy and holy sexuality look like in our present age. I’m looking forward to some good thinking on a critical issue.
Glorious Companions, Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality – Richard H. Schmidt
The Anglican Church has a long and beautiful history, which uniquely intersected with other major movements of Christendom and Empire building in the colonial era. It has been blessed by some of the most thoughtful and brilliant thinkers in Christian history. This book includes 29 miniature biographies of some of the great men and women who were founders and members of the global Anglican Communion.
Then Sings My Soul – 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories – Robert J. Morgan
We’ve had this one on our shelf for a few years. Each of the hymns that shape and form us in faith have their own history. Many are testimonies of God’s faithfulness in their own right. I know many, but not all of the hymns. Sheet music is included, but won’t mean much to me. I’m interested in the stories, and maybe in finding some wonderful hymns that I don’t know.
So there’s the list until Easter. Are you reading anything encouraging? I always welcome recommendations!