What I Read in 2021

I didn’t have the opportunity to read as much as I’d hoped this year. Between the Bible Recap reading and publishing Embracing Holy Interruptions and editing the I Am Devotional my fringe hours were pretty packed. But, did manage to read several books and today I’m featuring my favorites. For a full list check out my GoodReads page.

Here’s What I Read in 2021

The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships is by far the most insightful book on the enneagram and relationship dynamics I’ve read. This book from Suzanne Stabile on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

What If Jesus Was Serious? is a compilation of all-new reflections (and hand-drawn doodles) from Skye. He takes a look at some of Jesus’ most demanding teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and pushes us to ask whether we’re really hearing what Christ is saying. The visual component of the book makes it memorable and enjoyable to read, and Skye’s incisive reflections make it worthwhile for any Christian. If you’ve traditionally been dissatisfied with Christian devotional resources but love to learn about Jesus and think deeply, this book was written for you. 

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The Making of Biblical Womanhood How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth moves the conversation about biblical womanhood beyond Greek grammar and into the realm of church history–ancient, medieval, and modern–to show that this belief is not divinely ordained but a product of human civilization that continues to creep into the church. Barr’s historical insights provide context for contemporary teachings about women’s roles in the church and help move the conversation forward.

I appreciated the thoroughness and humility that Beth Allison Barr approached this book with as well as how well researched her presentation was. While she certainly admits discernment played a role in her continued pursuit for truth, it was her research that propelled her forward as she continued to uncover cultural discrepancies throughout history.

Favorite Reads in 2021

Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope is a personal and scholarly testament to the power and hope of Black biblical interpretation. At a time in which some within the African American community are questioning the place of the Christian faith in the struggle for justice, New Testament scholar McCaulley argues that reading Scripture from the perspective of Black church tradition is invaluable for connecting with a rich faith history and addressing the urgent issues of our times.

Esau McCaulley writes in a way that teaches the reader how to push past preconceived teachings and read the Bible with fresh eyes. Reading While Black identifies the limitations of many Evangelical interpretations of Scripture and continues the Biblical teaching to completion. McCaulley uses Scripture as well as historical context to point out the historical accuracy of the African culture all throughout the Old and New Testaments. He identifies the main concerns black people continue to wrestle with today and presents Biblical arguments for why God is the God for all people equally (and always has been).

Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First In this book Lisa shares eight statements of choice to help us grow in our understanding of what it means to put Jesus first amid the craziness our days bring, including choices such as: commitment over mood, steady over hype, holiness over freedom, and service over spotlight.
Jesus Over Everything is a practical, compelling picture of what we crave yet struggle to define as we seek to give God his rightful place in our everyday lives.

While challenging to apply, there is no denying a Jesus Over Everything life is one that glorifies God in every aspect of daily living.

After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith Without Losing It offers a hopeful, practical vision of spiritual formation for those in the process of faith deconstruction and those who serve them.

Deconstruction is a popular phrase these days, but not everyone use deconstructing for the same reasons, nor are they deconstructing the same way. A.J. Swoboda offers a path for deconstruction and reconstruction.

The Gifts of Imperfection is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet grassroots movement that starts with each of saying, “My story matters because I matter.” A movement where we can take to the streets with our messy, heartbreaking, grace-filled, and joyful lives. A movement fueled by freedom that comes when we stop pretending everything is OK when it isn’t. A call that rises up from our bellies when we find the courage to celebrate those intensely joyful moments even though we’ve convinced ourselves that savoring happiness is inviting disaster. Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.

Read the 10th edition update version. LOVED this book. The perfect combination of practical and personal insights provided. Looking forward to using the Integration Index and the tools on Brené Brown’s website as I apply the work presented in my own life. 

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Lessons from the Sidelines front cover final

As the wife of a football coach, Beth Walker encourages women whose families are in the public eye to pursue their own callings even as they support their husbands’ careers and ministries. Through her personal stories as well as interviews with other women who are also living just outside their husbands’ limelight, Beth shows it’s possible to do both.

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