Books on Spiritual Formation
Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Robert Coles - Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion (Radcliffe Biography Series)
Richard Foster - Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
Kirk Byron Jones - Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers
Thomas Merton - New Seeds of Contemplation
Henri Nouwen - In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
Elizabeth O’Connor - Journey Inward, Journey Outward
Jim Wallis - The Call to Conversion
Dallas Willard - The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
Books on Christian Living & Discipleship
Scott Bessenecker - The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor
Shane Claiborne - The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
Edwina Gately - Soul Sisters: Women in Scripture Speak to Women Today
John Perkins - Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development
Books on Politics & Social Justice
Joan Chittister - Scarred By Struggle, Transformed By Hope
Michael Emerson and Christian Smith - Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
Dennis Jacobsen - Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing
Theodore Jennings - Good News to the Poor
Martin Luther King Jr. - “A Time to Break the Silence”
Robert Linthicum - Building a People of Power
Sojourner Truth - Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Dover Thrift Editions)
John Howard Yoder - The Politics of Jesus
Films About Social Change
from Gareth Higgins
Gandhi: The film doesn't delve deeply enough into Gandhi as an individual, but is required viewing for anyone who wants to see an epic about a non-violent movement that changed the world.
Milk: A moving reflection on the life, death and legacy of Harvey Milk. Not simply a gay rights movie, but a film about social movements and the cost to the individuals who lead them.
A Short Film About Killing: Polish director Krystof Kieslowski announced himself as one of cinema's greatest poets with his series of films based on the Ten Commandments, 'The Dekalog'. His response to 'Thou Shalt Not Kill', this film is a story about a murder and the capital punishment meted out to the perpetrator that was so powerful, it led to the abolition of the death penalty in his home country.
Saving Private Ryan/Munich: Spielberg's films about the Second World War and the Middle East conflict; one helped war veterans open up about the trauma of their fight, the other bravely states that violence only begets violence, and no matter how just the cause, taking human life costs more than movies usually like to say.
The Battle of Algiers: A documentary-style drama about colonialism and struggling against it. Both the indigenous activists and the colonialists are shown to have their reasons, and the horror of what is often meant by 'repression' on the one hand, and 'freedom fighting' on the other is clear.
The Up Series: Filmed in seven-yearly bursts since the early 1960s, Michael Apted's documentary series is a unique record of life in the past half century; the nature-nurture debate; and the question of what makes a meaningful life.
Lone Star: John Sayles explores the necessity of ethnic reconciliation in the US through a complex thriller narrative on the Texas/Mexico border. His answer to the question of how to move on from our preoccupation with violent conflict? "Forget the Alamo."
Field of Dreams: Not an obvious film about social change – but if the basic unit of society is the family (whatever size or shape), then healing family wounds might be one of the keys to peace in the rest of the world. And you can't watch 'Field of Dreams' without wanting to have a better relationship with your parents!