Top 10 Best Books Read in 2014


The following are the top ten best books I’ve read since this time last year. The list is in alphabetical order by the author’s last name because agonizing over a precise order would take all the fun out of remembering these books: Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are: All of Brown's books are short, accessible, and transformative: In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belo … [Read more...]

“Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World”


“Seventh-Generation Thinking” means considering the longterm impact of our actions even to the seventh generation to follow. Or I have sometimes heard this perspective phrased: seeing yourself as in the midpoint of a seven-generation span — such that ethical decisions should try to honor the wisdom of the three generations that preceded you (back to your great-grandparents) and to consider the legacy you are leaving for the three generations that will follow you (your great-grand child … [Read more...]

Tweeting John Caputo’s “The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps”


John Caputo is one of my favorite philosophers of religion. His writing is delightfully playful and creative as well as deeply profound and insightful.For an extended review of his latest book The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps, see the Theo-Blogger tour, which covers each chapter in turn.Instead of trying to duplicate that impressive effort, the following are some passages that I tweeted as I read the book because they particularly stood out to me as significant:"I do not b … [Read more...]

Occupy Spirituality

This post is a sponsored book review that is part of the Patheos Book Club. I am a longtime fan of Matthew Fox, and have posted extensively in the past about his book Original Blessing, so when I saw that he had released a new book with the provocative title of Occupy Spirituality — alluding to the Occupy Wall Street movement — I was excited to get a hold of it. The format of the book, a dialogue between the 37-year-old advocate for homeless youth Adam Bucko and the 70-year-old radical theolo … [Read more...]

The Geography of Memory


[The following is a both a sponsored book review that is part of the Patheos Book Club and a guest post by my friend The Rev. M. Michael Morse.]“Good my Lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used, for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time.” -Shakespeare’s Hamlet Jeanne Murray Walker has lived in that unfortunate long line of those who have witnessed firsthand the devastating disease of Alzheimer’s in a family member. Her experience has s … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Recommendations


A significant portion of my reading time this summer will be consumed with working toward completing the "Required Reading List" to become in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. At last count, I have approximately 38 more books to go! I'll try to post about some of the more interesting ones on this blog.In the meantime, however, I do plan to squeeze in some fiction this summer, hopefully at least the following two titles:Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin: The … [Read more...]