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Books that have influenced the episcopal candidates

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Nine candidates are being considered the NEJ delegates in the next week's elections for the episcopacy. (See their bios.) As part of the discernment process, the candidates shared books that have been influential in their ministries. If you're looking for a good read, you might consider one of books that mattered in their personal development:

  • Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
  • Kenneth E. Bailey, The Cross and the Prodigal
  • Stephen B. Bevans and Katalina Tahaafe-Williams, Contextual Theology for the Twenty-First Century
  • Tod Bolsinger, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
  • Joseph Braken and Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, Trinity in Process
  • Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
  • John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Dianna Butler Bass, Christianity After Religion the End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
  • David Carrasco, Religions of Mesoamerica
  • Fred Craddock, Overhearing the Gospel
  • John Cobb, Grace and Responsibility
  • Dante, The Divine Comedy
  • Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Elizabeth A. Foster, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church
  • Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline
  • Donald Gowan, Theology in Exodus
  • Adam Hamilton, Leading Beyond the Walls: Developing Congregations with a Heart for the Unchurched
  • Elaine Heath, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Mujerista Theology, A Theology for the 21st Century
  • Theodore Jennings, Good News to the Poor: John Wesley’s Evangelical Economics
  • Jung Young Lee, Marginality
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart
  • S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
  • Randy L. Maddox, Responsible Grace, John Wesley’s Practical Theology
  • Thomas Merton, The Seven Story Mountain
  • David Maldonado, ed. Protestantes/Protestants: Hispanic Christianity within Mainline Denominations
  • Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer
  • Parker Palmer, To Know as We are Known
  • Linda T. Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies
  • Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity
  • Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson, Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around
  • Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity
  • Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited (listed twice)
  • Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology
  • Jemar Tisby, How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice
  • Shelley Tochluk, Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It
  • Miguel de la Torre, A La Familia: A Conversation About Our Families,
  • Kevin Watson, The Class Meeting
  • Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality