I mostly read now on my iPad. I use the Bible Study app by Olive Tree to read my Bible and many of my books. I use Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and IBooks apps to read most of the rest. I also read mostly non-fiction books. Instead of creating a proper bibliographic reference I will just make a link to them from the author's page if possible. I will begin with just a few categories and books and add more each day. If you have a favorite book you would like to share or a comment about one of the books, scroll to the end of the page and I will add your thoughts to this page. It will take a little while to add all my favorites so visit regularly.
Books about Being a Christian
- God's Wisdom for Navigating Life - A year of daily devotions based on Proverbs. This is Dr. Keller's latest book, written with his wife, Kathy Keller, and I am using it for part of daily quiet time this year. So looking forward to this every day. I have grown so much by reading Keller's books and listening to his sermons on podcasts and YouTube.
- The Songs of Jesus - A Year of daily devotions based on the Psalms. Each verse of every Psalm is a part of one of the daily devotions - the easy as well as the hard to understand Psalms. Dr. Keller with his wife, Kathy Keller, wrote this book before the book on Proverbs. I loved it so much that I am reading it again this year.
- Circle of Seasons - Meeting God in the Church Year by Kimberlee Conway Ireton My pastor, Ellen DiGiosia, shared this book with me when I asked her for ways to learn more about the liturgical year. I just started this one and it is great. It gives information about the seasons of the church year as well as scripture references and ideas about how to use the seasons to grow closer to God.
- Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. This book was given to me by my daughter and son-in-law before he was my son-in-law. They were students at Mercer and read this book in their RUF group. It introduced me to Timothy Keller and I will be forever grateful. It is a thoughtful book about Jesus' parable that is often called the Prodigal Son.
- Shaped by the Cross - Meditations on the Suffering of Jesus by Ken Gire. This is a great book to read during Lent and Easter. Ken Gire writes a series of devotions about the suffering of Jesus written around the famous Pieta sculpture created by Michelangelo. It is an amazing book that uses art to help us understand more about the crucifixion of Jesus.
- The Singer Trilogy by Calvin Miller. These three books are allegorical poems that tell the story of the New Testament. I remember when I first read them when I was in college that they gave me a new and deeper understanding of Jesus. From time to time I get them out and read them again and learn something new. They also have beautiful artwork, which I didn't really appreciate at the time, but do more so now. I was fortunate to hear him speak in chapel and he signed a copy of the trilogy which I gave to my son for his birthday.
- Moments With The Savior, A Devotional Life of Christ by Ken Gire. This is one of my favorite devotional books. I have read it many times and am currently reading it again. It is a complication of three of Ken's previous books. The chapters in the book are short, 3-5 pages, and arranged in rough chronological order of Jesus life.
- A Way Other Than Our Own by Walter Brueggemann. These are a set of devotions for Lent that I am using for the first time this year. Brueggemann is a theologian from Columbia.
Books about Creating
- The Creative Fight - by Chris Orwig. Chris Orwig is a photographer that I found when looking for books about taking portraits. I found this one and it has made me think a lot about what it means to be creative and art. It is about much more then just photography.
- Within The Frame by David DuChemin. This is another photographer that I found when trying to learn about photography. It helped me think about why and how I want to make pictures.
Books for Studying God's Word
- The Final Days of Jesus by by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Justin Taylor, With Alexander E. Stewart . I found this book and read it during Lent this pass year. It has a chapter for each day of the passion week that begins with the text from each gospel about that day and explains the things that happened that day.
- The First Days of Jesus also by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Alexander E. Stewart. I found this book by the same authors as the previous book this advent season. It tells the story of the incarnation with wonderful and thoughtful scholarship. There were parts of this book that I actually cried when I read. It made the incarnation and coming of Jesus into this world amazing to me again.
- Feasting on the Word is a set of three commentaries organized around the Revised Common Lectionary. For each scripture there are 4 essays about the passage written by many different authors. This it the link to Year A but you will find the others by searching on this site. There are many other resources for using this resource on this website. I have started using them each day in my bible study time.
- Feasting on the Gospels is a set of commentaries organized around the Gospels. It is similar in format to the the Feasting on the Word commentaires with 3 essays on each passage written by many different authors. This is the link to the gospel of John but you can the other volumes by searching this site.