Books Quoted

My Books



(categorized very imprecisely…)
Bible’s meaning for today
Effects of cultural change and generational differences
Effects of personality differences
Methodism, United and otherwise
Non-Christian religions
Economic justice
Spiritual growth, guidance, and journeys 
(Also see Barbara’s list of the books that have been most important for her spiritual journey, in the Aug 2012 Connections.)
Spiritual discernment for church decision-making

Authors and titles

Allen, Joseph L. – War: A Primer for Christians
Armstrong, Karen – The Battle for God
Armstrong, Karen – The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Armstrong, Karen – The Case for God
Artress, Lauren – Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool
Baab, Lynne M. – Personality Type in Congregations
Bacevich, Andrew J. – The Limits of Power
Bandy, Thomas G. – Kicking Habits
Bass, Diana Butler – Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith
Bass, Diana Butler – The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church
Beaudoin, Tom – Virtual Faith: The Irreverent Spiritual Quest of Generation X
Beck, Richard – Unclean
Borg, Marcus J. – The Heart of Christianity
Borg, Marcus J. – Jesus: A New Vision
Borg, Marcus J. – Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
Borg, Marcus J. – Reading the Bible Again for the First Time
Borg, Marcus J. and John Dominic
Crossan — Resurrecting Easter, How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision
Crossan – The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth
Borg, Marcus J. and John Dominic Crossan – The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem
Bourgeault, Cynthia – The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart
Bourgeault, Cynthia – The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity
Boyd, Malcolm & J. Jon Bruno – In Times Like These: How We Pray
Bradshaw, Paul – Two Ways of Praying
Budde, Michael J., and Robert W. Brimlow, eds. – The Church as Counterculture
Cartledgehayes, Mary – Grace: A Memoir
Riley B. – Evangelical and Methodist: A Popular History
Chittister, Joan – In Search of Belief
Cobb, John B. – Reclaiming the Church: Where the Mainline Church Went Wrong and What to Do About It
Cobb, John B. et al – The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God
Cousineau, Phil – The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred
Cousineau, Phil, editor – The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life
Cox, Harvey – The Future of Faith
Crossan —
The Challenge of Paul
Crossan, John Dominic – A Long Way from Tipperary: A Memoir
Crossan, John Dominic – God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now
Crossan, John Dominic and Marcus J. Borg – The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth
Crossan, John Dominic and Marcus J. Borg – The Last Week: A Day-by-Day Account of Jesus’s Final Week in Jerusalem
Cupitt, Don – Radical Theology
Dawn, Marva J. – Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down
Diamond, Rick – Wrestling with God
Dick, Dan R. – Vital Signs: A Pathway to Congregational Wholeness
Dykes, Deborah W. – Stellarella! It’s Saturday!
Easum, Bill, and Thomas G. Bandy – Growing Spiritual Redwoods
Eck, Diana – A New Religious America
Elliott, Richard F., Jr. – Falling in Love with Mystery: We Don’t Have To Pretend Anymore
Elnes, Eric – Asphalt Jesus: Finding a New Christian Faith Along the Highways of America
Falk, Richard A.  et al – The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God
Fowler, James W. – Stages of Faith: The Psychology of HumanDevelopment and the Quest for Meaning
Friedman, Thomas L. – The Lexus and the Olive Tree
Geering, Lloyd – Fundamentalism
Gilbert, Chandler W. – Seed Pods and Periscopes
Godwin, Gail – Evensong
Good, Jack – The Dishonest Church
Griffin, David Ray et al – The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God
Gulley, Philip – If the Church Were Christian
Gulley, Philip – The Evolution of Faith: How God Is Creating a Better Christianity
Hamilton, Adam – When Christians Get It Wrong
Hamilton, Adam – Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
Harris, Sam – The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
Hedges, Chris – War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Hedrick, Charles W., editor – When Faith Meets Reason
Hendricks, Obery M., Jr. – The Politics of Jesus
Herbert, T. Walter – Faith-Based War
Holmes, William A. – Mature Christianity
Holthaus, Gary – Wide Skies: Finding a Home in the West
Holthaus, Gary – The Unauthorized Bible
Howell, James C. – Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories
Jensen, Robert – All My Bones Shake
Johnson, Luke Timothy – Scripture and Discernment
Judy, Ruth H. – Where My Soul Lives: Being a Christian Outside the Lines
Keller, Catherine et al – The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God
Kenneson, Philip D. – Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community
Killen, Patricia O’Connell – Finding Our Voices: Women, Wisdom, and Faith
Kinnaman, David – You Lost Me
Lawrence, Wm. B. et al – Connectionalism
Lester, Andrew D. – The Angry Christian and Coping with Your Anger
Levine, Amy-Jill – The Misunderstood Jew
McClain, George D. – Claiming All Things for God: Prayer, Discernment, and Ritual for Social Change
Marty, Martin E., and Appleby, R. Scott, eds. – Fundamentalisms Observed
Meyer, Chuck – Dying Church, Living God: A Call to Begin Again
Meyers, Robin R. – Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus
Meyers, Robin R. – The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
Morgan, David – Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman
Morgan, David – Visual Piety
Morris, Danny E., and Charles M. Olsen – Discerning God’s Will Together
Mouw, Richard – Uncommon Decency
Norris, Kathleen – Amazing Grace
Palmer, Parker J. – Let Your Life Speak
Patterson, Stephen J. – Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus
Peck, M. Scott – In Search of Stones
Porter, Thomas W., ed. – Conflict and Communion
Rendle, Gil – Journey in the Wilderness
Rendle, Gil – Back to Zero: The Search to Rediscover the Methodist Movement
Richey, Russell E. et al – Questions for the Twenty-First Century Church
Richey, Russell E. et al – The People(s) Called Methodist
Ricker, George M. – What You Don’t Have To Believe To Be a Christian
Rieger, Joerg – Methodist and Radical: Rejuvenating a Tradition
Rieger, Joerg – Christ and Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times
Rohr, Richard – Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety
Sachs, Jeffrey – The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity
Saliers, Don E. – Worship Come to Its Senses
Schaller, Lyle E. – Discontinuity and Hope: Radical Change and the Path to the Future
Smith, Huston – The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life
Smith, Huston – The World’s Religions
Spong, John Shelby – Eternal Life: A New Vision
Spong, John Shelby – Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World
Spong, John Shelby – The Sins of Scripture
Spong, John Shelby – Why Christianity Must Change or Die
Sprague, C. Joseph – Affirmations of a Dissenter
Steves, Rick – Travel as a Political Act
Stewart, Katherine – The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children
Taylor, Barbara Brown – Leaving Church
Thangaraj, M. Thomas – Relating to Other Religions
Thompson, Marjorie J. – Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life
Tickle, Phyllis – Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters
Tickle, Phyllis – The Great Emergence
Tickle, Phyllis – Rediscovering the Sacred
Vosper, Gretta – With or Without God: Why the Way We Live Is More Important Than What We Believe
Wallis, Jim – God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It
Ware, Corinne – Discover Your Spiritual Type
Webb, Val – In Defense of Doubt: An Invitation to Adventure
Webb, Val – Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine
Webb, Val – Stepping Out with the Sacred: Human Attempts to Engage the Divine
Wills, Dick – Waking to God’s Dream
Wink, Walter – The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium
Woodard, Colin – American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
Wolsey, Roger – Kissing Fish
Wuthnow, Robert – Growing Up Religious


author of Misfits: The Church’s Hidden Strength

(St. Johann Press, 2010) To see the Table of Contents and some other pages of this book, click on this link to go to its Amazon page.

of God’s Partners: Lay Christians at Work

(with Stanley J. Menking, retired Associate Dean of Perkins School of Theology) Judson Press, 1993


co-author of Spiritual Family Trees: Finding Your Faith Community’s Roots

(with Larry W. Easterling, a United Methodist clergyman) Alban Institute, 2001


author and publisher of Connections

author of articles in church-related periodicals, including Zion’s Herald, Circuit Rider, Upper Room Disciplines, United Methodist Reporter, and Christian Social Action