Here’s my 2007 intended reading list. Books I meant to read in 2006 but never got around to, books folks have suggested to me, titles I have jotted down in my journal throughout the year. Granted, this list is quite ambitious for me, but it is nice to have all of my potential reads in one place. And the list will probably keep growing. Feel free to add your own suggestions.
Bono, Michka Assayas
The Red Notebook, Paul Auster
The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster
Chasing Sophia: Reclaiming the Lost Wisdom of Jesus, Lillian Calles Barger
Hannah Coulter, Wendell Berry
The Seven Longings of the Human Heart, Mike Bickle
What Should I Do With My Life? Po Bronson
Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth, Walter Brueggemann
Secrets in the Dark, Frederick Buechner
Floor Sample, Julia Cameron
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Secrets of the Zona Rosa, Rosemary Daniel
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Holy the Firm, Annie Dillard
A Staggering Work of Heartbreaking Genius, Dave Eggers
What is the What? Dave Eggers
Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
Exiles, Michael Frost
The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gaugin and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles, Martin Gayford
Emerging Churches, Eddie Gibbs, Ryan Bolger
Seeing What is Sacred, Ken Gire
Everyday Matters, Danny Gregory
The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are, Danny Gregory
The Critical Journey, Janet Hagberg
Shouts and Whispers: Twenty-One Writers Speak About Their Writing and Their Faith, Jennifer Holberg
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston
7 Days Behind the Veil, John Paul Jackson
The Path, Laurie Beth Jones
Faith, God, and Rock and Roll, Mark Joseph
Divine Intervention: Encountering God Through the Ancient Practice of Lectio Divina, Tony Jones
The Emerging Church, Dan Kimball
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman
Shows I’ll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concert-going Experience, Sean Manning
Qualities of a Team Player, John Maxwell
Lifeguarding: A Memoir of Secrets, Swimming, and the South, Catherine McCall
The Secret Message of Jesus, Brian McLaren
The Tender Bar, J. R. Moehringer
Here and Now, Henri Nouwen
The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life, Henri Nouwen
Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith, Henri Nouwen
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eugene Peterson
Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Everything Belongs, Richard Rohr
Jesus Land: A Memoir, Julia Scheeres
Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh, Irvin Stone
Blankets, Craig Thompson
True Faced, Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, John Lynch
The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend, Steve Turner
The Divine Omission, Dallas Willard
Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? Philip Yancey
Blessed are the cake makers at Savage’s Bakery in Homewood.
Ruth Bernhard, my favorite photographer, died Monday at her home in San Francisco, at the age of 101.
I met Ruth when, well into her 90s, she came to Birmingham for the opening reception of her work at Agnes, a photography gallery owned by my friends Shawn & Johnny. Most well know for her work photographing the female nude, my favorites are some of her earlier still-life works.
My most treasured book in my photography collection is a signed copy of Ruth’s Gift of the Commonplace.
– I left Denver last evening, or I would be snowed in.
– Started off the day by seeing my niece, who was just as excited to see me as I was her.
– Nice little roadtrip by myself to Birmingham. Just me and some Starbucks and some Sufjan Stevens. Which I highly recommend – the Sufjan Stevens. Nothing against Starbucks, but they are just common nowadays.
– Went to a luncheon at my old Bible study. Was good to see some familiar faces and to be around so many people who were excited that I was there. Haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.
– Then a visit to a couple of favorite neighborhood stores.
– Now I am enjoying an Americano at O’Henry’s, my favorite Bham coffee house, and writing from my favorite perch – a high table in the front of the shop, that is kind of hidden by a bunch of shelves with gifts.
– Will follow this up with dinner with 2 close friends. Likely more coffee.
– Will spend the night in what I refer to as The Cave. Bedroom in a friend’s basement that is cool and dark, and has the most comfy huge bed. This will somewhat counter-balance my night last night at my Dad’s, which was akin to sleeping in a sweat lodge.
– Tomorrow will catch up with a couple of old (I should probably say former, lest they think I am calling them old) mentors. Probably throw in some BBQ, another special place or two, and then back to Music City.
– Overall, a nice little side trip to feed my soul.
In week two we focused on the simplicity of the message and life of the shepherd.
Question of the week: Where in your life have you experienced a holy simplicity?
This is the cover art to our Urban Skye Advent Guide. It follows the traditional church calendar, which means Advent begins on the first of the four Sundays leading up to December 25. That would be today. If you follow the Celtic Christian calendar, you are already into the Advent season, as it begins 40 days before Christmas.
For me, I’ve already hosted a Christmas party, so the house is clean and decorated. Travel plans are made, and I’m avoiding the mall. Hopefully having a bunch of preparation out of the way will allow me time to escape the busyness that so often dictates this time of year, and I’ll slow down. And prepare Him room.
Join us at Urban Skye this Advent season as we explore God outside the camp.
Here’s our Advent Guide. The question posed for week one, and where I find myself pondering this evening is: Recall one place from your past where God made something of Himself known to you.
Join me if you will. I’ll post my Advent musings here throughout the month, and invite you to do the same.