What are you reading? (volume 2)

What are you reading—and why? (Tell us in the comments.) So here are the next four books on my list.


Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice by Don Thorsen Truth be told, this is on the to-read list, but the premise is highly interesting. The author is a professor at Azusa Pacific University, and he asserts that Christians of many stripes live more like Wesley than Calvin in practice. Since Wesley lived a few hundred years after Calvin, it looks like the book will shows their views on a variety of theological and biblical issues, what they had in common, where they diverged, and how we all tend to live out Wesley's conclusions more readily. From Roger Olson: "Every Christian interested in the history of Protestant theology and in contemporary controversies over predestination and free will must read this book." (Disclaimer: Abingdon Press gave me this book, and for that I'm grateful.)

Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer's Guide from The Nieman Foundation at Harvard This is an anthology from "the country's most prominent journalists and nonfiction authors." I've only read a chapter or two, but as I am becoming interested in sharing spiritual biography to influence a new generation, I'm eager to learn creative ways to bring people, scenes and ideas to life on the page.

As for Me and My House by Walter Wangerin So this one is still on the list because my husband and I are still reading it along with our book club. It's a bit longer than typical marriage books, but also a lot less formulaic and stifling. If you can soldier through it (including some flowery narrative passages from the author's experience), you will gain much in discovery of what it means to become more like Jesus through your marriage. If you're looking for another deep dive marriage book, try The Mystery of Marriage by Mike Mason.

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang You know that moment when you see a book at the front in the "pick-me-up" section of your local library? Yeah, this was my wild card for the month. It's Maya Lang's debut, I'm told it smacks of the story of Ulysses in a modern context, and it is a real portrait of a family at a turning point in Philadelphia, set in one 24-hour period. Which equals a heck of a lot of character development. Quite beautiful.

Hope you enjoyed the second installment of this fun series. After all, they say you can tell a lot about a person by the books on her shelf.

How about you? What are you reading—and why?