Pastor’s Top 10 to read - Rev. Julia Metcalf

Pastor’s Top 10 to read - Rev. Julia Metcalf

Rev. Julia Metcalf

Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life  by Kevin O'Brien

There is no better guide than St. Ignatius Loyola if one desires to discover how faith and everyday life can thrive together. In “The Ignatian Adventure”, Kevin O’Brien follows St. Ignatius’s lead and offers today’s time-strapped individual a unique way of “making” the spiritual exercises in daily life.

The Confessions  by St. Augustine

Heartfelt, incisive and timeless, “The Confessions” of Saint Augustine has captivated readers for more than 1,500 years. Retelling the story of his long struggle with faith and ultimate conversion, the first such spiritual memoir ever recorded, Saint Augustine traces a story of sin, regret and redemption that is both deeply personal and, at the same time, universal.

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of "practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end." He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our soul. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence. For centuries this unparalleled classic has given both blessing and instruction to those who can be content with nothing less than knowing God in all His majesty and feeling His loving presence throughout each simple day

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness, as a root of much evil. Within the pages of this book, you’ll find a fascinating roadmap to staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.

Reaching Out by Henri Nouwen

With the clarity and depth characteristic of the classics, this spiritual bestseller lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living a spiritual life and achieving the ultimate goal of that life – union with God. Nouwen views our spiritual "ascent" as evolving in three movements.

Reading Theologically by Eric D. Barreto, editor

Reading is one of the basic skills a student needs. But reading is not just an activity of the eyes and the brain. “Reading Theologically”, edited by Barreto, brings together eight seminary educators from a variety of backgrounds to explore what it means to be a reader in a seminary context to read theologically.

Getting Involved with God by Ellen Davis

With sound scholarship and her own vivid translations from the Hebrew, Old Testament professor Ellen Davis teaches us a spiritually engaged method of reading scripture.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

Scazzero shares new stories and principles as he outlines his journey and the signs of emotionally unhealthy spirituality. Then he provides seven biblical, reality-tested steps to become emotionally mature.

Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch

Hirsch has seen it firsthand in meaningful lifelong relationships with LGBT friends and neighbors, in Christian fellowships and in movements that have held a concern for people created in God's image and a high view of the Bible's teaching on sexuality in constructive tension. When you consider the world from the perspective of God's kingdom mission, it turns out the smoke clears and a redemptive imagination takes root. Discover a holistic, biblical vision of sex and gender that honors God and offers good news to the world.

The Blue Book by Jim Branch

A year-long devotional guide designed to offer space and structure, Scripture and prayers, as well as readings and reflections for your daily
time with God. The hope is that through using this book you might discover the ancient rhythms that were whispered into you when God breathed you into being.

"Pastor’s Top 10 to read" is a quarterly feature in each issue of Tidings.