Books, Books…And More Books

The Littlest Angel was written by Charles Tazewell and illustrated by Paul Micich. This book was one of my favorite stories when I as a child.  I’m glad I was read to as a young person, because I have good memories of those stories.

Photo by Jon Katz

Photo by Jon Katz

I finished reading Saving Simon:  How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion by Jon Katz last month. If you want to read an encouraging story this month, Saving Simon is a great book to read! I learned that animals like the area above their noses rubbed.  I started doing this with the dogs in my life, and surprisingly they have responded positively to being touched above their noses that way. I began following John’s Blog, Bedlam, because I love seeing pictures of Simon, the rest of their farm animals, and the fabric art work Jon’s wife Maria makes.

The book I’m currently reading is Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis by Daniel L. Brunner, Jennifer L. Butler, and A.J. Swoboda. This book is thoroughly researched with in depth details on the theological reasons why Christians need to become aware of our planet’s ecological crisis and to become a part of caring for God’s creation. The text includes practical ways to add meaning to your life by caring for yourself and the environment in your area in new ways. When I was working on a masters degree at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, I was privileged to be a student of Dr. Brunner. I was also lucky to be a classmate of Jennifer and her husband Peter in several classes Dr. Brunner was teaching.  Along with A.J. Swoboda, these three authors lead the Christian Earth Keeping Concentration at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.  This is a good read that presents compelling evidence and research to support why Christians need to become participants in caring for the delicate ecosystems of our planet.

 As I shared in an earlier post, I’m reading through Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark on my Kindle. Though I am not very far into the book, I can say Taylor has a masterful way of expressing spiritual lessons. I need to carve out a block of quiet time and a quiet space to enjoy these good books.

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