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Rector's Reflections for June 26, 2014

posted Jun 26, 2014, 11:26 AM by Parish Administrator

My Summer Reading


Every summer I set some reading goals for myself.  Sometimes I achieve them, and sometimes I don't; but I treasure my reading time.  I always try to mix things up and include a variety of books and styles because I want to be open to hearing whatever God has to say to me.


This summer's reading list includes:


I Am Livia, Phillis T. Smith, - a fictional account of the life of Livia Drusilla, wife of Augustus Caesar and mother of Tiberius.   This book looks at life in the region after the death of Julius Caesar, the plight of women in this war torn world, and how Livia's intellect and influence changed Rome.


Housing Heaven's Fire (The Challenge of Holiness), John C. Haughey, S.J. - an exploration of what it means to be holy, the difference between holiness and goodness, and the call for Christians to reclaim the holiness dimension of Christian life.


The Fault in our Stars, John Green - a poignant account of teenagers living with and dying of cancer.  Yes, I know that there is a movie out, but I'm a reader!  I like John Green's writing and if you've already seen the movie, then I recommend another of his books: Looking for Alaska. 


The Erotic Word, David M. Carr, -- Professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary challenges the ways in which the Bible has been used to drive a wedge between the spirit and the body.


Horns, Joe Hill, --this book was on the list of recommended reads from Amazon.  It is described as a terrifying tale of psychological and supernatural suspense...Having read a lot of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King in my life, I couldn't resist.

If you pick up any of these books this summer, I'd love to hear your thoughts.