When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, Moody Publishers, (c2009).
Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. Don’t let this happen to you, your ministry or ministries you help fund! A must read for anyone who works with the poor or in missions, When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications.
What are people for?: essays by Wendell Berry,Counterpoint, (2010).
A collection of 22 groundbreaking essays offering both sound advice and deep concern for America’s future. Addressing topics ranging from consumerism to literary subjects and waste management, Berry gracefully navigates his way through many of the key issues in contemporary culture. But despite the somber nature of his essays, Berry also provides an underlying sense of faith and hope, shedding light onto an otherwise bleak reality.
Ashamed no more: a pastor’s journey through sex addiction by T.C. Ryan, IVP Books, (c2012).
Pastor T. C. Ryan takes us on an unsettling journey through his lifelong struggle with sexual addiction, one that predated and pervaded his pastoral ministry—one which for far too long he faced in secrecy and isolation, separated from the brothers and sisters in Christ who were called to bear one another’s burdens. Ashamed No More doesn’t cast blame or argue for looser moral standards. It does, however, call us to the unsettling ministry that a God who is love calls us to—the unsettling grace that is the audacious gospel of Christ.
The Blackwell companion to Christian ethics / edited by Stanley Hauerwas and Samuel Wells. Wiley-Blackwell, (2011).
The premise underlying the massive guide is that there must be a liturgical shape to the Christian moral life, and some leading figures in theology and ethics from the US, Britain, and Canada were asked to elucidate it. They cover studying ethics through worship, meeting God and one another, re-encountering the story, being embodied, re-enacting the story, and being commissioned. Among the topics are how the church managed before there was ethics; embodied discipleship and masculinity; authority and obedience; giving grief to management; globalization and power; and wealth, property, and theft.
Look again by Lisa Scottoline, St. Martin’s Griffin, (2009).
When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, her heart stops–the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. She investigates the story behind the flyer, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life–and that of the son she loves.
Sharing God’s good company: a theology of the communion of saints by David Matzko McCarthy, Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., (2012).