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3: SOME RESOURCES for Becoming The Authentic Church

Reading together about spiritual and cultural subjects will enrich a group seeking to be in authentic community. Following are some of the resources we have found helpful in our own explorations. 

BEING CHURCH

  • The Dream of God by Verna Dozier
  • The ‘Givens’ of an Authentic Church, sermon by Gordon Cosby
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • A Possible New Form of Church, sermon by Gordon Cosby
  • What on Earth is a Kingdom of God? by David Buttrick

FACING OUR CULTURAL ADDICTIONS

  • Breaking the Taboo: Talking About Faith and Money in the Church by John Sonnenday
  • The Other Side of Sin, ed. by Andrew Sung Park &  Susan L. Nelson [In particular see chap. 5 ,
    Beyond the 'Addict's Excuse"' by Ched Myers]
  • Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer
  • Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider
  • When Society Becomes an Addict by Anne Wilson  Schaef

JESUS AND JUSTICE

  • The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life by Ross Kinsler and Gloria Kinsler
  • The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics by Ched Myers
  • Cadences of Home: Preaching Among Exiles by Walter Brueggemann
  • Good News to the Poor by Theodore Jennings, Jr.
  • Jesus’ Plan for a New World by Richard Rohr
  • Jesus the Rebel by John Dear

LOVE AND MERCY IN COMMUNITY

  • The Art of Spiritual Direction: Giving and Receiving Spiritual Guidance by W. Paul Jones
  • Awakening from the Sleep of Inhumanity by Jon Sobrino
  • Becoming Human by Jean Vanier
  • Community and Growth by Jean Vanier
  • Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen
  • Love Set Free by Martin Smith (out of print; check used bookstores or internet sources)

PRAYER/LIVING MINDFULLY

  • Centering Prayer by Basil Pennington
  • Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating
  • Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating
  • The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
  • The Way of Love by Anthony deMello

STAYING TRUE TO THE ESSENCE

  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
  • Living in the Vision of God by Dallas Willard
  • Radical Newness: the Essence of Being Church by
  • Gordon Cosby and Kayla McClurg
  • Reluctant Saint: the Life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto
  • Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right by Carter Heyward

TELL US OF OTHER TITLES
IN THESE SUBJECT AREAS
THAT HAVE BEEN HELPFUL to YOU.

‘The checked titles are available from Tell the Word or Potter’s House Bookservice.

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