Reading Bookshelf

myidealbookshelf1_grandeI’m currently enjoying browsing through the recent My Ideal Bookshelf edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated by Jane Mount  (available in Link+ for APU readers). The book provides 100 short essays from a wide variety of prominent people in popular culture on the books they are reading and why and each piece is illustrated with the colorful spines of the books.

I’m always curious about what others are reading. With that in mind, several years ago I proposed to our APU Life editor Maureen Taylor, the idea of asking APU faculty what they are reading and recommending (their Top 5 books) – and a brief list now appears in each issue.

I have permission to  reprint  these published lists, so here is the first one, from Dr. Don Thorsen, Professor of Theology and Chair, Department of Theology and Ethics, Graduate School of Theology (Don’s list appeared in the Summer 2013 issue and his photo is below):

don thorsen1.  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (HarperOne, 1943, 2012)*
2. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (HarperSanFrancisco, 1988)
3.  Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider (Thomas Nelson, 1978, 2005)
4.  Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Fortress Press, 1963, 2010)
5. The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (Eerdmans, 1994)

*I’m sorry to say that all three of our copies are missing – but another is on order and on the way…

I’m always interested in hearing about book recommendations…what are some of your favorites?

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2 Responses to Reading Bookshelf

  1. Joseph Bentz says:

    I just finished teaching the novel, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” by Jonathan Safran Foer, in my American Novel class, and the students and I found it very powerful. Several said it was their favorite book of the semester. It takes place in the aftermath of 9/11. It includes some very innovative storytelling, including photos and other extra-literary devices that add to the story. The characters are fascinating and have a depth and believability that students loved.

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