Guy Sternberg

with  Jim Wilson

Timber Press, 2004


This wonderful book not only has beautiful pictures of beautiful native trees of the entire continent, but its thorough and lovingly written descriptions of the trees, their habitat, and problems, as well as factually interesting comments make this a favorite among arborists and horticulturists.  It also makes a great coffee table book!

G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Basic Books, 2010

A critique of American  Protestant churches' acquiescience to consumerism, MacDonald raises serious concerns about the  current state of congregations.

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Viking Press, 2010


Diana Beresford-Kroeger's bestselling book has the potential to profoundly affect the way we see the natural world.

Jimmy Creech

Duke University Press, 2011

Creech is a United Methodist minister who finds his preconceived beliefs about homosexuality challenged when faced with the pain of a gay man in his parish who is confronted with the intolerance within the denomination.

Timothy P. Spira

The University of North Carolina Press, 2011

Here is an excellent, thorough guide to wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants in the Southern Appalachians and foothills of the piedmont.  In accordance with a holistic view of the natural world, Spira, a professor of botany, the book is arranged by natural communities of the plants so that the reader has a complete picture of the ecosystem the plants' interrelationship with animals, insects, and one another.

Carol Howard Merritt

Alban Institute, 2010 


Merritt, a Presbyterian minister and perceptive and frank observer of the 21st century church, (author of Tribal Church) considers the dilemma that many churches are now facing with the current social, economic, and generational transitions.

Ferdinand Schlingensiepen

Continuum, 2010

The newest Bonhoeffer biography is written by one of the founders of the International Bonhoeffer Society who is also the son of a principal of a Confessing Church seminary in Nazi Germany. 

Sunday, 05 March 2017 17:22

Temptation at Our Feet

This is an occasional blog where I hope to write about the things that matter most at the moment. In this era of uncertainty, American Christians who are appalled, shocked, and terrified of the current social and political conditions of this country must speak.  If we have faith, we must use it.

Last Sunday's gospel text in Matthew 4:1-11 of the Temptations of Jesus traditionally begins the season of Lent. This year that selection seems even more fitting for Christians who recognize that as a nation we, too, are in a wilderness--a wilderness of fear and hate, greed and despair, and a widening divide between factions that no human can seem to surmount. For those of us who might feel that a national Lent began over six weeks ago and what lies ahead is a long, tortuous road to the passion and death of our democratic republic as we believed it is and would always be, despite its many flaws and tragedies, Christ’s temptations are an emphatic reminder of our own and the test to which God calls us in these times.

Karen Armstrong
Knopf Doubleday, 2005

It's a gripping autobiography, which begins with the author's convent life as a Roman Catholic nun in England during the 1960's. Armstrong reveals more of her considerable gift for writing in telling her story.

Eberhard Bethge
Fortress Press, 2000

Revised Edition

This is the definitive, detailed biography written by Bonhoeffer's close friend and colleague, expanded from the 1970 edition. Bethge's firsthand account of the Bonhoeffer and the Nazi period in Germany makes for compelling reading.

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