The Common Good
July-August 2002

Summertime Reading

by Molly Marsh | July-August 2002

Books to talk about over the barbeque grill or to take with you to the backyard hammock

Walking the Bible: A Journey By Land Through the Five Books of Moses, by Bruce Feiler. A young, funny journalist makes a 10,000-mile journey across the Middle East to answer this question: "Is the Bible just an abstraction, or is it a living, breathing entity with relevance to contemporary life?" (Perennial).

Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution it Inspired, by Benson Bobrick. The lively, scandalous twists and turns of the evolution of the English Bible—what we know today as the King James Version (Penguin Putnam).

Seeing With Our Souls: Monastic Wisdom for Every Day, by Joan Chittister, OSB. Reflections on 12 qualities of the soul that ask us to identify the political, spiritual, economic, and cultural choices we make (Sheed & Ward).

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, by Philip Jenkins. A provocative and powerful look at the implications of Christianity's expansion in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (Oxford University Press).

The New Testament—Introducing the Way of Discipleship, edited by Wes Howard-Brook and Sharon H. Ringe. Commentaries by various authors, including Ched Myers, A. Katherine Grieb, and Neil Elliott, on the New Testament's challenge of radical discipleship (Orbis Books).

The Flowering of the Soul: A Book of Prayers by Women, edited by Lucinda Vardey. A diverse collection of nearly 1,000 prayers by women from ancient times to the present (Beacon Press).

Ichabod Toward Home: The Journey of God's Glory, by Walter Brueggemann. Using the story of the Ark of Covenant, this respected biblical scholar illuminates God's glory and presence (Eerdmans).

A Seasonal Book of Hours, by William Storey, is a solemn but festive collection of morning and evening prayers for Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter (Liturgy Training Publications).

Molly Marsh, editor of CultureWatch, is an assistant editor of Sojourners.

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