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January '17 Nuggets

"Honest" Nuggets

January '17 Nuggets

Christa Hesselink

A year ago, I gave a list of some of my all-time favourite books.  Some of them are timeless and I pick them up often. 

Check them out on the "January 2016 Nuggets" page now!

So, I thought it appropriate to bring together another list of books that have influenced me a lot over this past year - well, let's say two years, really.  

I didn't list them all - and I'll admit, they won't be everyone's cup of tea - but if you are looking for some fresh perspective, beautiful insight, meaningful challenge, and a hopeful message - then, dive your own risk!

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr - okay, I can't overstate this enough. This is a MUST READ for anyone over the age of fact, I'd say if you're 35, it should be on your shelf! If you're wondering why the world is as messed as it is, this not only provides the diagnosis but a surprising anecdote!

The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr & Mike Morrell - another "Rohr" masterpiece! I've been reading Fr. Richard's work for a few years now and his latest is FULL...brimming over with insight and an invitation to join the dance. Truth is, I could list a half a dozen more of his books. If you'd like a taste, can I whole-heartedly invite you to receive his daily meditations? Go here to sign up!

The Rebirthing of God by John Phillip Newell - I can't remember how I stumbled on this book last February, but reading it was like having a gentle, wise conversation with a seasoned sage. It was beautiful.

The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren - I actually listened to this book before I even bought it. That reminds you know about Audible? Seriously, check it. This book is profoundly hopeful and helpful for those who are deeply troubled by the state of the Church these days.

Human Being and Becoming by David Benner - This is not the first 'Benner' book I've read, but it didn't disappoint. It's heady and hearty all at the same time.

Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - His last name is a mouth-full but I've loved learning from this man. He's an expert of the flow theory, something everyone should be familiar with (I'm not it), and his work has deeply influenced what I do in my "day-job". I direct The Flow Internship for young adults. I'd love for you to check it out and pass the info onto any young adult in your network!

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit - This is a slight outlier from the others, but her poetic, sometime quirky way of telling a story captivated me. 

The Enneagram by Rohr & Ebert - Okay, there's Richard Rohr popping up  again! While I've read quite a few different books about the Enneagram over the years, I really appreciate this perspective and insight. If you have absolutely no idea what The Enneagram is...I'm about to change your world! Trust me.  Go here...and if there's something intriguing enough to learn more, try this.

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass - like I said earlier, these are some of the books that influenced me this year. I've spent a good part of my adult vocation in a formal pastoral ministry role, so a book that helps to break open new ways of thinking and orienting to this sphere are always appreciated. Bass has other work that is helpful, but this one was well-timed and appreciated.