I was in Haiti just before the earthquake struck a year ago. Since then I’ve been back several times and read innumerable articles in the international press. There are religious dimensions in the tragedy that have escaped the attention of the media, which has focused on human suffering, the almost imperceptible recovery, and the international politics of the world’s response to the tragedy. Few stories focused on the spiritual response of the Haitian people to the enormous disaster. But to understand the spiritual dimension of these events, one would need to know a little bit about the people…
Inspired by Margaret Feinberg’s list of 10 beautiful books of the decade in yesterday’s post, Sue and I put our heads together over dinner at Outback and came up with our own twenty (popular) books on the two themes of Two Handed Warriors—Culture Making and Faith Building. (Hey, there’s two of us, so we get ten each, right?) Of course, a few were written before the 2000’s, but we didn’t get around to reading them until this decade. Read our lists and let us know what we missed. It drove us crazy leaving out so many great books.
Culture Making and the Arts
Walking On Water (1980) Madeline L’Engle
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God (1988) Jean Leclerq
The Courage to Teach (1997) Parker Palmer
The Dying of the Light (1998) James T. Burtchaell
Divided by Faith(2001) Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith
Imagine (2001) Steve Turner
The Rise of Evangelicalism (2003) Mark Noll
Culture Making (2008) Andy Crouch
Outliers (2008) Malcolm Gladwell
To Change the World (2010) James Davidson Hunter
Faith Building and Spiritual Formation
The Renovation of the Heart (2002) Dallas Willard
Blue Like Jazz (2003) Donald Miller
Repenting of Religion (2004) Greg Boyd
The Jesus Creed (2005) Scot McKnight
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality(2006) Pete Scazzero
Margaret Feinberg, prolific author and conference speaker–whose books include Scouting the Divine and critically-acclaimed The Organic God—offers her top ten books of the past decade in Q. (For complete article click here.)
One of my favorite social commentators, Andy Crouch, offers a wonderful piece in Q listing the Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade: Ten trends in North American culture “that accelerated dramatically in the 2000s—almost always for better and for worse at the same time.”
One | Connection…
Two | Place…
Three | Cities…
Four | The End of the Majority…
Five | Polarity…
Six | The Self Shot…
Seven | Pornography…
Eight | Informality…
Nine | Liquidity…
Ten | Complexity…”
I highly recommend reading the entire article and joining the conversation.
What do you think Andy missed, understated, or overstated?
It’s hard to believe that Two Handed Warriors has only been up and running for two months. I cannot thank you enough for all the encouragement and support.
I started the blog in hope of fostering an ongoing conversation for professionals committed to both culture making and faith building. You have exceeded my wildest dreams. Conversations have evoked marvelous responses from audiences as diverse as Ivy League professors, Hollywood executive producers, seminary deans, college students, pastors, student development professionals, campus ministers, film and television writers. Thank you!
Bottom line: Paparazzi really seemed to hit a nerve. It turns out that there is a great deal of angst out there regarding how to maximize the potentialities of the electronic age without being drawn into the “dark side” of self-promotion. So this January I’ll be posting on ongoing series on Servant Leadership in an Age of Celebrity in hopes of teasing out the issues involved. (Watch for the first post, “Lost” Lessons of Leadership: Sawyer, Jack and the Power of Gun, next week.)
I would love your feedback and questions in order to shape the conversation and explore if it is worthy of a future book project. (I SO appreciate all the emails directly to me, but if you could find it in your heart to post comments on the site it would help foster a broader conversation.)
Thank you again for letting me into your head over the past 60 days. Lord willing, it is the beginning of a genuine community of two handed warriors in Hollywood, the Ivy League and beyond.
Happy New Year!
PS Special thanks to Identity Specialist, Lem Usita, as well as to Jon Stanley and the staff of THE OTHER JOURNAL for all their help in conceiving and lauching this project. Thank you to Chris Easterly, Kathy Bruner, Shun Lee Fong, David McFadzean, David Ridder, Dennis Ingolfsand, Peter Kapsner, Rich Gathro, Jack Gilbert, Clyde Taber, Brennan Smith, Jim Hull, John David Ware, Robb Kelley, Todd Burns, Bob Cornero, Tom Provost, Carol Shell Harris, and Michael Warren for helping get the conversation started. Thank you also to Scot McKnight, Key Payton, Keri Lowe, David Medders, McCoy Tyner, Ralph Enlow, and Ken Minkema, for their personal encouragement, professional input, and help in getting the word out. I never could have made it without you all!