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Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : November 1, 2006

This week I’ve been digging into research for the new book. The following are a handful of the books that I’ll be re-examining over the next month or two. They give a good indication of the tack I’ll be taking in my book. Please share any books you think I should take a look at. I’m avoiding overly-academic books, because I’m trying to resist my theology-nerd tendencies in my attempt to write a more accessible book than much of what is currently offered.

The Politics of Jesus


Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony


Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination (The Powers, Vol 3)


Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire


Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (Bible & Liberation Series)


Consuming Religion: Christian Faith And Practice in a Consumer Culture


Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor


The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies


Making Room: Recovering Hospitality As a Christian Tradition


The Upside-Down Kingdom


School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism


Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of JesusManifesto.com. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He and his wife Amy have been married since 1997. They are expecting their first child in April.


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  1. Corey on November 1st, 2006 12:41 pm

    I haven’t read it, but Boyd’s new book “The Myth of a Christian Nation” might be helpful…

  2. Van S on November 1st, 2006 1:26 pm

    Perhaps I’ll take a look.

  3. hermitmonk on November 2nd, 2006 1:12 am

    I’ve created a small semi-eremitical skete/community 35 years ago in 3 different european countries. And, 3 years ago another on another continent (Africa). We have a moanstic list - traditional and contemporary - of more than 335 members (from different liturgical churches : RC, Orthodox and western rite Orthodox, anglican, Lutheran, independent etc). - for spirituality, prayer, interfaith meditation/centring techniques.

    We have associates of the priory in several countries.

    Our list is moderated by tradiitonal and lay/modern or neo-monastic at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/monasterion

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    hermitmonk and academic

  4. michael on November 2nd, 2006 3:12 pm

    Also:

    Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, “Saving Christianity from Empire”

    and

    Wes Avram, ed., “Anxious About Empire”

  5. Van S on November 2nd, 2006 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions. I’m actually reading Nelson-Pallmeyer’s book as well, but haven’t dug into much. The books listed above are books I’ve read and love; I am hoping to get some fresh insights and helpful bibliographical material as I re-read them.

  6. Kyle on November 2nd, 2006 4:09 pm

    Cavanaugh’s Theopolitical Imagination. You’ll fall in love. Also check out the archive at Catholic Anarchy. Seriously.

  7. Van S on November 2nd, 2006 4:16 pm

    Thanks, Kyle. The book is on my list. I started reading it last year but got sidetracked with school reading and by the time I was ready to get back to it, I had to return it to the library.

  8. brian on November 5th, 2006 11:29 pm

    Hey, here are some of my suggestions…not sure if we have talked about these ones…

    Jaque Ellul — Christian Anarchy
    Leo Tolstoy — The kingdom of God is Within
    Dorothy Day — Everything she ever said
    Ammon Hennacy — Book of Ammon; has some great examples of how this stuff really works out

  9. Van S on November 6th, 2006 12:43 pm

    Thanks Bry Guy. I’ll check into them. I’m not familiar with Ammon Hennacy, so I’ll definitely check him out.

  10. m on November 8th, 2006 8:50 pm

    I found Hennacy’s book at our school’s library, after having looked for it for ages. You might also find that book under its old title “Autobiography of a Catholic Anarchist.”

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