Resources to Study

You can take a gander at my Goodreads list on the right-hand side of the site to see what I’ve been reading and reviewing, but for a full list of books that have inspired me to write this blog, please see below.  My ABSOLUTE go-to for purchasing books is

In the last 6 years, I have had a gradual but definite shift in how I perceive the problems of the world.  As a college student I left the Republican party for the Democratic party, largely in disgust over President Bush.  But, I would have been hard pressed to define exactly what I believed were the existing problems of the world and how politics could solve them.  I took a laissez faire approach to the whole thing, believing that social work done through the church was more important than political activism.  Over the course of the last 7 years, however, I have been persuaded through many books and the exchange of ideas with other thinkers and (let’s face it) the circumstances of the 2016 US Presidential Election to think bigger.  I have started to take a 10,000 foot view at the challenges we face, while simultaneously digging beneath the surface to find the root causes of these problems.  It has led me to believe that a balance of civic AND faith-based service is necessary.  But that just begs another question: how do I balance my dedication to the church with my civic responsibilities?  To what end?  I’m still discovering.  Join me…

On Social Responsibility

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices by Julie Clawson

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Fast Fashion by Elizabeth L Cline

On the Need to Fight for Political Change

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In by Bernie Sanders

The Century of the Self, BBC Documentary

On the Role of the Church in Fighting Greed at the Top & Poverty at the Bottom

The Bible

Greed & Oppression of the Poor Every Verse Method by K. Scott Schaeffer

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (2015 Edition) by Ronald J Sider

Mega Church Money, an NBC Special

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller (but please buy used as Donald Miller has strayed far from his roots)

Terrify No More by Gary Haugen and Gregg Hunter


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