Summer is in full swing. The thunderstorms that chased me home from church today proved that. For the moment this means that I’m free from class work. All I have to juggle is full time ministry over the summer months, fatherhood for twins, and being a good husband. In between all that I’m picking up books to read.
Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright is the first one I’ve started. Albright has an amazing life story. She fled her home in Eastern Europe when the Nazis came and later sought sanctuary in the United States after the U.S.S. R. consolidated their power in Albright’s native Czechoslovakia. Albright grows from a child refugee into a political player who eventually becomes United Nations Ambassador and the first woman Secretary of State. I’ve made it through the first few chapters and find it well written and a really gripping story.
Next on my list is The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion (1805-1900) by Gary Dorrien. This book is the first in a three volume set. I’ve encountered Dorrien’s work in several seminary courses and enjoy his books. You will too if you like historical views of theology - and how it connects to our contemporary views of God.
I have less than two weeks to make it through these books. Then I’ll be taking a two-week break from my church work to attend the Summer Preaching Institute at Aquinas Institute of Theology here in St. Louis. It looks like a solid program.
Anyone have reading suggestions for later in the summer?