A rundown of recent book completions:
A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story by Diana Butler Bass
Bass is clearly giving a nod to Zinn’s People’s History of the United States with her title and approach. It’s not a bad effort, but nothing really earth-shattering, either.
Pierson is an Australian who was writing from a very strong emergent perspective. While the worship experiences he describes are a long way from what would work in my midwestern US church, his perspective on the intent of and attitude toward leading worship was right on and gave me a lot to think about.
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
A very readable biography of the Soviet leader. Still hard to get a grasp on how someone can be so human and yet so depraved.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
This was the first I’ve read of Butler. Won’t be the last. A wonderful voice in dystopian fiction.
Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophetic Witness by Edward Kaplan
The first of two volumes of biography of a fascinating Jewish thinker from the early 20th century. Now I’ve gotta get volume two.
The Switch by Joseph Finder
I was wanting mindless entertainment, and this book overachieved at that. By which I mean it was even more mindless and boring than I was hoping for. Meh.