Posted by: gcarkner | August 9, 2012

What Are We Reading?

GCU Students Read Unnecessary Books

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Sometimes one’s extracurricular reading is what really shapes a person; it matters much. Too many grad students don’t grow in their personhood (spiritual centre) or in their self-awareness even though they excel in skill and knowledge development. This was reported by a prof who interviewed a number of students at one of UBC’s grad colleges recently. So much of what we will need in life and future work is tied to emotional intelligence, social skill, knowledge of people and character, how to mobilize, inspire and motivate people to carry out their tasks with integrity and zeal (Don Page of Servant Empowered Leadership). Most graduates will eventually lead a group of some size. Will they be adequately prepared to do so? These books can offer some real perspective on one’s study and research.

Below find some of the things that we in the GCU community are reading (outside the box):

Jim Wallis, The (Un)Common Good.

Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs Climate.

Joseph Loconte, The Searchers: the quest for faith in the valley of doubt.

Richard Foster, Streams of Living Water.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

Niall Ferguson, Civilization: the west and the rest.

Tim Keller, The Reason for God.

Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection.

Andy Crouch, Culture Making: recovering our creative calling.

Rene Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning.

Brad S. Gregory, The Unintended Reformation.

Steven Bouma-Prediger, For the Beauty of the Earth.

Jim Houston, Joyful Exiles: life in Christ at the dangerous edge of things.

Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership.

Dr. Henry Cloud, Integrity: the courage to meet the demands of reality.

David Gill, Becoming Good.

Alvin Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies.

Read on…

Reading is a Source of Life…

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