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The Reverend James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education and Director of Lifetime Theological Education, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Berry, Wendell. Given: New Poems. Shoemaker Hoard. 2005
This great American poet was honored in 2015 by VTS when he was presented with the Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership. From his rural perch on a farm in Kentucky, Berry has interpreted for decades the world we claim as ours. These poems remind us in lovely ways of the “fund of grace by which alone we live.”
Brueggemann, Walter. Money and Possessions. Interpretation Series, WJK. 2016
This highly regarded preacher and scholar provides us with a close look at the scriptural texts where we find a core concern about economics. His six theses about money and possessions are thoughtful, if not disturbing. Many of us might not be too comfortable with his call for more sharing as neighbors.
Price, Reynolds. A Whole New Life: An Illness and a Healing. Atheneum. 1994
Price (1933-2011) was an American novelist, poet and the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University from 1973-2011. From his lifelong home in North Carolina, Price taught and wrote. In A Whole New Life, the much-acclaimed writer chronicles his life after the discovery of cancer in his spine. This moving tale is a significant part of his “long and happy life.”
Thurman, Howard. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press. 1949.
This is Howard Thurman’s (1900-1981) theological treatise. He sets forth an argument that the Gospels are a manual of resistance for the poor and those on the margins of our society. Jesus is a pain-partner who “knows our every need.” Another timely read in 2017.
Worthen, Molly. Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. Oxford University Press. 2016
Worthen, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and Christianity Today, argues that a crisis of authority lies at the heart of faith for Evangelical Christians. Worthen thinks American Evangelicalism is a “movement” defined by tensions between head and heart, more than a “movement” formed by beliefs, doctrines, or even politics. The Evangelicals are intensely individualistic and have no agreed upon “authority.” This is a timely read as we try to understand the Christian Right post-election.
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Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost. Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.