To help you warm up for school, the Crux staff have picked a few books for the transition. Here are the first two August picks for your perusal.
Figuring the Sacred by Paul Ricoeur
Ricoeur is self-consciously a philosopher rather than a theologian, but he is also self-consciously Christian in his approach and doesn’t shy away from religious themes. This collection gathers together some of the best of his religious essays. As one of the leading figures in 20th century philosophical hermeneutics, Ricoeur’s engagements with the biblical text prove to be a fruitful enterprise for both biblical hermeneutics and philosophical hermeneutics. Ricoeur also explores such perennial themes as evil, justice, love, and hope. He is lovely.
Rev. Heather’s Pick:
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers
Having trouble with the Trinity?! Then do I have a book for you! Dorothy Sayers takes on the doctrine of the Trinity with her characteristically crisp creativity. Could there be a better way to transition between summer readings and theological tomes? Probably not.
September is almost over. The staff picks for the month have been sitting on their shelves opposite the cash register. Just in case you haven’t seen our September picks here is one final review for you.
Cindy’s Pick: Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller. Cindy recommends that you read this book along with some more practical books such as When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert or Walking with the Poor by Bryant L. Myers.
Heather’s Pick: The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers, a theologically rich reflection on the writing process.
Pam’s Pick: The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. Pam was reminded of this book after Manning’s death this year. She enjoyed reading it for its practical wisdom.
Alain’s Pick: Paradise Lost by John Milton. Reading a classic work is always a good idea, especially if you’ve got a good guide.
Andrew’s Pick: Good News About Injustice:A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World by Gary Haugen. This is Andrew’s last monthly pick as he has moved on to an exciting new job. He says this is a book that makes you think about global justice issues.
Sheila’s Pick: Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer by C.S. Lewis. Sheila recommends reading and re-reading this one.
For more on what the staff thought about their picks for September, check out the staff picks page on the Crux website. (If you click through after September 2013 finishes, you’ll find the current month’s staff picks.)