Library Recommended Reading: October
Church of the Redeemer Library
This fall, as the days get shorter and the days chillier, we recommend the following books of seasonal interest to add to your reading list:
Gracisim: The Art of Inclusion by David A. Anderson
When people deal with color, class or culture in a negative way, that's racism. But the answer is not to ignore these as if they don't matter. Instead, we can look at color, class and culture in a positive way. That's gracism. Pastor David Anderson responds to prejudice and injustice with the principle of gracism: radical inclusion for the marginalized and excluded.
Marking Time: Christian Rituals for All Our Days by Linda Witte Henke
In these days when in-person worship at the church is forbidden, this book reminds us of all the times in our lives when we can invite God in and worship in a personal way. Extraordinary life changes are frequently signaled by such ordinary experiences as the birth of a child, a child’s first day of school, a teenager’s acquisition of adult driving privileges, a career change, moving into a new home, and retirement from one’s life work. This book offers simple rituals that invite mindful, in-the-moment reflection on the significant moments in life and helps to frame them within the perspective of Christian faith and values.
Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents by Wendy Claire Barrie
Home (not the congregation) and parents (not clergy, youth ministers, or Sunday School) are the key mechanisms by which religious faith and practice are transmitted intergenerationally. Recent studies indicate that the single most important factor in youth becoming committed and engaged in their religious faith as young adults is that the family talks about religion at home.
Make Room for God: Clearing Out The Clutter by Susan Rowland
The author shares with us her time- and experienced-tested methods that will help us simplify and unclutter our lives, and most importantly, our spirits. She tackles everything from how to let go of the extra stuff we just can't seem to live without to the feelings of discontent, disconnect, anger, jealousy, abandonment and bitterness that seem to equally possess us.