January has been a great month of reading. I had forgotten how great the Kindle app was for reading while on the subway, or on a bus and I took full advantage of it this month. I have read some great ministry books as well as some great personal reads that had been sitting on my “To Read” pile for awhile. This post is just a quick synapsis of the books that I have read and I will be posting a larger review on some of the reads from this month in the next couple of weeks.
Peter and Max : A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
I am a huge Fables fan, so naturally picking up this novel was only a matter of time. Also, add in that Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite shows right now, this seemed like a good place to start. The book is set in the Fables universe, but is a stand alone read that requires no knowledge of previous comic issues. The book explains character relationships well, so there is no information lost to new readers. It was a quick and easy read that I would not necessarily read again. I found that flipping between present and past events in the novel sometimes hard to follow from chapter to chapter. I would lose myself in the read and then have to think about whether this was Peter and Max in the present, or a flashback to the origins of the problem. A great book of sibling rivalry and the power of corruption and jealousy.
Poke The Box by Seth Godin
I think this was the third time that I have read this book. I am still failing at starting many things as this book continues to remind me. However, I love that every time I read this book my creativity and initiative skills come to the forefront and challenge my life. I would recommend this book to anyone that needs a creative boost and a push to think outside the box. This is a great book to read with a team in order to move away from stagnate thinking and results.
A Bright Red Scream : Self-Mutilation And The Language Of Pain by Marilee Strong
This book pushed my limits of comfort when it comes to ministry and the reality of self-injury in the lives of adolescents. I had a hard time putting this book down once I started reading it. I personally liked the look into the historical roots of the issue. However, this books greatest asset is the ability to include stats, real-life stories and research analysis into an easy to read youth ministry textbook on an issue that needs to be talked about. I would hope any youth worker has read this book.
”If God speaks through both the Bible and human culture at the same time, how would that work?”