In this series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
More Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess
Westminster John Knox Press, 2016
By Lee Hull Moses, former writing workshop participant
As the gap between rich and poor grows, many of us are aware that we have more than we need. In her book, More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess, Lee Hull Moses provides an opportunity to think about the complicated questions of inequality and abundance by providing concrete things we can do to live faithfully and responsibly with the gifts we’ve been given. With a blend of practical reflection and insight on topics from guilt to delight, More than Enough goes beyond a call to gratitude and generosity and invites the reader to a new way of life, one that is grounded in the hope and grace of God.
Any Body There? Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age
Wipf and Stock, 2017
By Craig Mueller, former short-term Resident Scholar and writing workshop participant
“Is there any body there?” we may wonder as we watch people engage with their smart phones while being oblivious to what is going on around them. The book Any Body There? asks this question, which faces the church as it wrestles with declining religious affiliation. Craig Mueller considers our contemporary context and offers a response based in an incarnational spirituality accentuating the body and finding expression in corporate, multi-sensory liturgy. Drawing on his experience as a pastor to Millennials, his studies in liturgical theology, and his work on the effects of technology on daily life, Mueller proposes that corporate worship is an antidote to the distraction, fragmentation, and spiritual hunger in society today.
Every Job A Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses and Astronauts tell us about God
By John Van Sloten, summer writing workshop participant
We are made in the vocational image of a working God. Our capacities to create, organize, serve, repair, protect, articulate, lead, balance, teach, resolve, discover, style, and save are iconic and enable us to see and experience God. In Every Job a Parable, pastor and teacher John Van Sloten tells the stories of the parable-like nature of over fifty jobs; from the making-new work of a stylist to the shalom bringing book keeping of an accountant to the automotive renewal of a mechanic. Readers will find themselves in the many jobs explored in this book, but more importantly they’ll find God.
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