Reading Trilogies

 On Page 10 of Your Mind’s Mission, I suggest that you develop a “reading trilogy” in areas that you believe God might be calling you to invest. These trilogies should include (1) a thoughtful Christian book, (2) a nonfiction book from a not-particularly-Christian perspective, and (3) something in another genre (or medium.)  

Here’s a list to begin the conversation. If you have better ideas, put them in the comments. I’m happy to add to this list as I go. (And, as always, consider contacting Byron Borger for more ideas:

Issue Christian Book Not-Particularly Christian Other Genre
Gender Relationships Mary Stewart VanLeeuwen, Gender and Grace Men are from Mars, Women from Venus Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Globalization Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom Thomas Friedman, The Earth is Flat 3.0 Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Environmental Stewardship Noah Toly and Daniel I. Block, Keeping God’s Earth ? Dr. Suess, The Lorax
Educational Inequality TBA Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities Waiting for Superman (documentary)
Global Poverty Dewi Hughes and Matthew Bennett, God of the Poor  Jeffrey D. Sachs, The End of Poverty TBA
Homosexuality Thomas Schmidt, Straight and Narrow? TBA TBA
Racism Michael Emerson and Christian Smith, Divided by Faith Andrew Hacker, Two Nations: Black and White, Separate Hostile, Unequal David Chappelle, Chappelle’s Show: Season One (TV show)
Ethnic Identity Development Randy Woodley, Living in Color Beverly Daniel Tatum, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Gene Leung Yang, American-Born Chinese (a graphic novel)
Sex Trafficking Daniel Walker, God in a Brothel Victor Mallerick, Johns Very Young Girls (movie)
Immigration Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang, Welcoming the Stranger Ronald Takaki, Strangers from a Different Shore Entre Nos (documentary)




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