After posting my reading strategy for 2013 I discovered some of you wanted to read along – even after seeing the kind of books I intend to read. Glory – I found my tribe! So I agreed to convene a book club based on my growing reading list.
The idea of reading in community makes me giddy. Reading and learning are tandem passions, the opportunity to do that alongside kindred spirits exponentially heightens the excitement and, I believe, the experience.
So I announce the reading in transit book club! I believe we all are in transit when it comes to our understanding of spirituality and praxis, the Biblical text and our global context, our embodiment of the revolutionary Gospel of Jesus in our communities. So let’s read, learn, converse and engage together.
Here’s the plan:
1) At the end of the month I’ll announce the book for the up-coming month’s collective read.
2) While we read, we can tweet! We’ll use a common hashtag to attach to tweets so we can find each other out there. This is our way to converse as we read, to share in real time our observations, ah-ha moments, connections and questions. It’s going to be great sharing knowing we have friends plowing through the same ideas with us!
3) For those who blog, we will link up the last Thursday of the month to share our responses to the book. This need not be a book review so much as a response to the reading, ideas and our learning. (I’ll generate some questions – you can respond to all, one or none!) This will be a way to share our learning with one another and those in our circles.
Here’s the proposed reading list:
February: Inspiration & Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns
March: The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder
April: The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
May: Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Brian Walsh
June: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
July: Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography by John Dominic Crossan
(Books for the next set of months will be determined later.)
And one other programming note is in order; we will read Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey whenever it is available in 2013. We will re-organize any scheduled read to jump in and support our friend and engage with her revolutionary ideas!
So, are you in?
Let me know by leaving a comment below and a link to your blog so I can visit! And I have an added incentive… a give-away. I mistakenly ordered 2 copies of Inspiration & Incarnation, but my error is your gain. I will send the book to one of the ‘early adopters’ who voice their participation by Sunday at noon.
Please join us for a year of reading, learning and sharing together. A learning community is so energizing and transformative…especially with books like this to spark our conversations!
NOTE: Give-away for early adopters closed at noon today (Sunday). A copy of our February read, Inspiration & Incarnation by Peter Enns, will be sent to Krista Dalton this week. Congrats and happy reading!