When I go into someone’s house or apartment for the first time, I find myself especially drawn to their bookshelves. I want to see the books that they read and the ones they have on display. I like to know which ones have mattered enough to keep, which ones are dogeared and worn, and which are on the stack to be read next.
First up this week I read Zero to 80: Innovative Ideas for Planting and Accelerating Church Growth by Olu Brown. It’s a book with 80 suggestions about church planting/growth. Some of the ideas are really good, others were kind of eh. This book also needed an editor. There was a lot of repeating comments and suggestions that could have been cleaned up. Overall, though, this book was helpful and one I would recommend if only to give me some different ideas for church stuff.
Next up was The Literary Party: Growing Up Gay and Amish in America by James Schwartz. This is a small volume of poetry and essays about growing up gay and amish. It’s a very interesting look into a world that is pretty unknown to most folks.
I also spent some time with the Canons of the North American Old Catholic Church. It’s an interesting look into the governance of the NAOCC. (Yes, I’m a big dork and read church documents for fun on the regular.)
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