January Book List

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.




The Day Metallica Came To Church : Searching for the Everywhere God in Everything
by John Van Sloten

”If God speaks through both the Bible and human culture at the same time, how would that work?”

 That is the central question to this book. Personally, the chapter on Van Gough and his painting The Church in Auvers was brilliant. John Van Sloten looks beyond the face value of many cultural fads into the way God is at work through them. This was by far my favorite book this month and again I would recommend it to anyone. As a note he is Canadian and does cover the Calgary Flames run to the Stanley Cup and how he saw God at work in that moment. Again, read it for the chapter on VAn Gogh, I do not think you will be disappointed. I will cover this book at greater length soon.

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