Knowledge and information are gifts that academia give to us. Reading is thus a blessing and a responsibility for those of us living within the intersection of academia and the church. This following is the list of books that we’ve read related to academics and the studies we’ve followed. Each has a link with a short review. The hope is that others might be encouraged and challenged by them. Unless otherwise noted, all books can be borrowed from the Campus Edge library.
John A. Algera, Signs and Wonders: A Reformed Look At The Spirit’s Ongoing Work (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006).
Diane Averill, Diane Dykgraaf, Sam Huizenga, and Paul Faber, Esther: courage in a complicated world (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2010).
Kenneth Bailey, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (IVP Academic, 2008).
Edi Bajema, Colossians: the new old perfectly imperfect you (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2010).
Kenneth A. Baker, What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God Through Work (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2010).
Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius, “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia; Third Edition (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
Dorothy Bass, Practicing Our Faith: A way of Life for a Searching People (Jossey-Bass, 1997).
Katelyn Beaty, A Woman’s Place: the suprising truth about why God intends every woman to work (Howard Books, 2016).
Bryan Berghoef, Pub Theology: Beer, Conversations, and God (Cascade Books, 2012).
Todd Billings, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with INcurable Cancer and Life in Christ (Brazos Press, 2015).
Antony Billington and Mark Greene, the whole of life for Christ: Enriching everyday discipleship (InterVarsity Press, 2015).
Byron Borger, Serious Dreams: Bold Ideas for the Rest of Your Life (Square Halo Books, 2015).
Paul Borthwick, Missions: God’s Heart for the World (InterVarsity Press, 2000).
Rolf Bouma, What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God Through Work (Faith Alive, 2010).
Rolf Bouma, What Do I Do with My Life? Serving God Through Work (Faith Alive, 2010).
Rolf Bouma, What Do I Owe?: Managing the Gifts God Gives You (Faith Alive 2010).
Gregory A. Boyd, Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the idol of Certainty (Baker, 2013).
Douglas Brouwer, What am I supposed to do with my life? (Eerdmans, 2006).
Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heave, Rooted in Earth: Prayers (Augsburg Fortress, 2003).
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012).
Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting (Zondervan, 2010).
Debra Hirsch, Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexulaity and Spirituality (IVP, 2015).
Keither Hunt and Gladys, For Christ and the University: The Story of InterVarsity Christian Fellpwship of the U.S.A (IVP Academic, 1991).
Greg Jao, Your Mind’s Mission (IVP Academic 2012).
Adam Jesek and Christine Jeske, This Ordinary Adventure (IVP Academic, 2012).
Jerald M. Jellison, Life after Grad School (Oxford University Press, 2010). Good resource for considering (and pursuing) a career (life) outside of academia. [needs to be ordered].
Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life (Zondervan 2010). (CD and discussion guide)
Ronald Knott, College Faith (Andrews University Press, 2002).
Mark Labberton, Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (IVP Books, 2014).
Tim LaHaye, The Battle For the Mind (Fleming H. Revell Co., 1980).
Timothy Lane, How People Change (New Growth Press, 2006).
Greg Laurie, Breakfast with Jesus: Discover His Presence Every Day (Tyndale House Publishers. 2003).
Justin Lee, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians DebateTorn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate (Jericho Books, 2012).
Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guie to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships (Harper Collins, 1985).
Tremper Longman, Job (Baker, 2012).
George Marsden, The Should of the American University (Oxford University Press, 1994).
Joseph McRae Mellichamp, Ministering in the Secular University (Lewis & Stanely, 1997).
Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz (Thomas Nelson, 2003).
Kelly Monroe, Finding God At Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians (Zondervan Publishing Home, 1984).
Kelly Monroe, Finding God Beyond Harvard (IVP Academic, 2006).
Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim, Refuse to Do Nothing (IVP Academic, 2013).
Bruce Olson, Bruchko: The Astonishing tue story of a 19-yr old American (Charisma House, 1995).
J.I Packer, Knowing God (IVP Academic, 1973).
Ted Peters, Theology and Science (Routledge, 2013).
Margaret Peterson and Dwight Peterson, Are you Waiting for the one? (IVP Academic, 2011).
Rebecca Pippert, Out of the Salt Shaker (IVP Academic, 1999).
Cornelius Plantinga, Engaging God’s World (Eerdmans 2002).
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream (Multnomah, 2010).
Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker, Premarital Sex In America (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Don Richardson, Peace Child (Regal Books, 1976).
Rick Richardson, Outside the Box (IVP Academic, 2000).
Richard Rohr, Falling Upward (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
Richard Rohr, and Andreas Ebert, The Enneagram (Crossroad, 2006).
Ken Sande, The Peacemaker (Baker Books, 1991).
Derek Schuurman, Discerning on Callings in Life
Mark Shaw, Work Play Love (IVP Academic, 2014).
James Sire, The Universe Next Door (IVP Academic, 1997).
Lewis Smedes, My God and I: A Spiritual Memoir (Eerdmans, 2003).
Christian Smith, Souls in Translation: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults
David Smith, Learning Form the Stranger (Eerdmans, 2009)
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009).
James K.A Smith, Imagining The Kingdom (Baker Academic, 2013).
James K.A Smith, You are What you love: the spiritual power of habit (Brazos Press, 2016).
James K.A Smith, Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (Eerdmans, 2011).
James K. Smith, How (not) to be Secular. RTC/CEF book study Fall 2015.
James K. Smith, You are what you Love (Brazos Press, 2016). Hopefully we’ll use this book sometime as a basis for a study series. Reviews by Rev. April Fiet and bookstore owner Byron Borger. [needs to be ordered]
John. C Sommerville, Religious Ideas for Secular Universities (Eerdmans, 2009).
Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen, The New Parish (IVP Academic, 2014).
Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity (Zondervan, 2000).
William Struthers, Wired for Intimacy (IVP Academic
Sarah Sumner, Angry like Jesus (Fortress Press, 2015). Helpful for understanding the authority of Jesus and the need to hold each other accountable.
Brian Walsh, St. John Before Breakfast (Books Before Breakfast, 2014).
Carolyn Weber, Surprised By Oxford (Thomas Nelson, 2011).
Dallas Willard, A Place for Truth (IVP Academic, 2010).
Lauren Winner, Real Sex (Brazos Press, 2005).
Albert Wolters, Creation Regained (Eerdmans, 1985, 2005).
N.T. Wright, John for Everyone: Part 1 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002).
N.T. Wright, John for Everyone: Part 2 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002).
N.T. Wright, Acts for Everyone: Part 1 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).
N.T. Wright, Acts for Everyone: Part 2 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).
N.T. Wright, Hebrews for Everyone (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).
N.T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone: Part 2 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002).
N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003).
N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonisans (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002).
N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: The Pastoral Letters (Westminster John Knox Press, 2003)
N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002).
N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part 1 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2004).
N.T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part 2 (Westminster John Knox Press, 2004).
N.T. Wright, The Early Christian Letters for Everyone (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011).
N.T. Wright, Revelations for Everyone (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011).
Addie Zierman, Night Driving (Convergent, 2016).
Christian Scholar’s Review XLIV:1 (Eerdmans, 2014).
Christian Scholar’s Review XLIV:3 (Eerdmans, 2014).
Live Just. LY (World Renew, 2014).
Agenda For Synod (2015).
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Church Order and Its Supplements (Christian Reformed Church, 2013).
Acts of Synod (Christian Reformed Church, 2015)
Christians Scholar Review XLV:1 (Eerdmans, 2014)
Books related to sexuality, as noted in the April 2015 Newsletter:
As part of the series on sexuality last semester, I (Pastor Brenda) read a lot of books related to gender and sexuality. One helpful book for understanding sexuality amongst university students was Premarital Sex in America by Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker (2011). The book dispels a lot of the assumptions that people have about who is having sex and who is not, as well as discussing the prevalence of “hookup culture.” It turns out that those who are in a long-term relationship are the ones most likely to be having sex. Sadly enough, being single was a stronger determinant for being not sexually active than being a Christian was. At the same time, graduating college with limited to no sexual experiences is MUCH more common than what most people think (and definitely much more normal than the media portrays).
Furthermore, hooking up is not as prevalent as one might expect (despite the recent odd mini-ebook publication by an MSU professor). Regnerus and Uecker explain that “hookup culture” would be less common at a place like Michigan State, as it is more prevalent at institutions that have a significant Greek culture, are located on the northeast coast or require an unusually high time commitment to succeed, and/or have significantly more women than men. At the same time, studies have shown that pressure to have sex increases significantly when the assumption is that everyone else is having sex or that her/his partner can easily find someone else to have sex with. It is hard to resist this pressure and know how to talk about it honestly.
Christians should be good resources for facing the challenges and pressures related to sex and sexuality. Yet, few people are willing to talk about how they personally have struggled with sexual sins (the last chapter of Saving Sex by MSU prof Amy DeRogatis presents an exception). Instead, we seem to ignore the pervasiveness of temptation and the Bible’s teaching that none are without sin. Yet, in the midst of today’s very confusing sexual atmosphere (cf. Unhooked by Laura Sessions Stepp), are we not doing a disservice to those we care about by not sharing our own challenges and mistakes, along with God’s grace in the midst of that? It is our hope that talking about sex within the Campus Edge group has provided a beginning to healthy conversations that discuss the difficulties and joys related to sexuality.