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10 (+2) Books That Formed My Faith

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  • http://www.kfsullivan.wordpress.com/ kim

    cool list. loved Blue Parakeet and Crosswicks.

  • Lindsay

    Love this list, Caris, and after reading your comments on Velvet Elvis, it’s now the next one I’m picking up. And I’m going to have to check out some of Scot McKnight’s stuff too. :)

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

       Ok, so confession….I can’t actually get into a lot of Scot’s books.  He’s a professor, and I feel like I should be taking notes when I read.  Blue Parakeet is the only one I didn’t feel like that with….maybe it’s b/c the topic was more interesting, I don’t know.  But I read half of Jesus Creed and half of Mary, and his Atonement book.  That one I actually really wanted to read and it had to go back to the library.  Maybe I just need to buy them all and work slowly through them.  It’s the same thing with N.T. Wright.  I’ve tried to get them from the library and can never make it through them.  I love Scot’s blog though.   Such a great mix of stuff, and his commenters teach me just as much!

  • Andrew Carmichael

    I have read several of the books you have listed here and also found them to be significant. You’ve now added several more to my reading list. A couple that come to mind that you do not have listed here are N.T. Wrights “Surprised by Hope” and Mother Teresa’s “Come be my light” which tells of her struggle with not feeling the presence of God throughout most of her life and ministry years. Also Carolyn Custis James on “The Gospel of Ruth.”

    Waiting in the wings immediately for me is “Half the Church” by Carolyn Custis James.Thanks for sharing your list. I’m always looking for good books that come well recommended.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

       Come Be My Light has been on my list to read since it came out….I don’t know why I haven’t.  I think I would really like it.   I’ve never actually read any Wright stuff, which is funny because I know he’s influenced almost everyone I’ve read, and that I would like his stuff.  But he’s so heavy to read, I need to just buy the books and read them.  I thought Half the Church was really good, too.

      • Andrew Carmichael

        I think you will find “Surprised by Hope” to be engaging and not as heavy as you may anticipate. Yes, it’s theology, but he presents it in a very accessible manner. At least I felt so. I’ve read plenty of theology that was a real slog (even some really good stuff) but this book didn’t feel that way.

        • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

           That’s what I’ve heard, and that’s why I want to try him….I need to just buy it and spend a few weeks with it.

  • http://www.emergingmummy.com/ Sarah Bessey

    I love that you did 28 instead of 10. THAT is a book lover! woo hoo! So many of these are on my ‘short list’ that didn’t quite make the cut. (But watch for the Crosswicks journals later this week…) So glad you’re joining in! xo

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

       Yay, can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Crosswicks.  I constantly dip into them.  Once you’ve read them once, they make for such great “I only have 2 minutes but want to read something deep” times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689557465 Sean Gladding

    Caris – I’m glad you found my book helpful. Thanks for the shout out. Most of your 10 (28) books are on my shelves. And I highly recommend “Surprised By Joy” – hard work, but well worth it!

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

       and this is why the Internet is awesome :)  We’re going to start reading through it with our kids in September and I can’t wait for that.  I’d love for them to grow up with a narrative view of the Bible :)

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