The Common Good
March-April 2001

Volumes of Inspiration

by Rose Marie Berger, Molly Marsh | March-April 2001

Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve
Spiritual Disciplines, edited by Richard Foster.

Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines, edited by Richard Foster. The new church is moving from the sin-management model of the last millennium to a deeply rooted discipleship model for the next. This is the study book of Christian disciplines to get you there (HarperSanFrancisco).

The Church as Counterculture, edited by Michael Budde and Robert Brimlow. Essays from Hauerwas, Brueggemann, Sawicki, and others debate Christian identity, purpose, and organization in a call for churches to reclaim their roles as "communities of disciples" (State University of New York Press).

Job: And Death No Dominion, by Daniel Berrigan. The world is not getting prettier, but we may be moving closer to the heart of God. As Berrigan reveals, Job embodies our human struggle to understand, shows us the way to protest effectively, and ignites our religious imaginations (Sheed & Ward).

Christianity: A Global History, by David Chidester. Everything you want to know about the history of Christianity, but didn’t think you could handle at one time. From its basic roots in Judaism to Constantine’s Christian Empire, from the Renaissance and Reformation to the New World Order, Chidester packages it in an informative and easy-to-read book (HarperSanFrancisco).

Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader, edited by Kenneth Collins. "Spirituality" isn’t just for Catholics anymore. What Chidester does for the Christian mind, Collins does for the Christian heart. The book covers spiritualities in the Christian tradition, spirituality and theology, and spirituality and scripture, among other topics (Baker).

The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, by Kenneth Woodward. Newsweek’s religion editor provides both believers and skeptics with handles for understanding the powerful place of miracles in the world (Simon & Schuster).

Illuminated Life: Monastic Wisdom for Seekers of Light, by Joan Chittister. Though we are only a dust speck in the great house of history, we are also pure light. Chittister’s little book takes the reader from A is for awareness to Z is for zeal. Perfect for morning prayer (Orbis).

The Journey Toward God: In the Footsteps of the Great Spiritual Writers, by Benedict Groeschel, CFR, with Kevin Perrotta. If you can’t quite articulate a particular struggle you’re having, words offered here can surely help. Groeschel compiles excerpts written by Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox writers—including Julian of Norwich, St. Thomas More, and hundreds of others—on grief, prayer, and hope (Servant Publications).

Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith, by Sharon Daloz Parks. Parks examines the 20-something years and shows how important it is to create mentoring environments that recognize, support, challenge, and inspire the promise of young adult lives (Jossey-Bass).

Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings, by Marie Dennis, Renny Golden, and Scott Wright. A volume that celebrates the life, spirit, and legacy of the martyred archbishop of San Salvador on the 20th anniversary of his death (Orbis).

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