Thursday, February 17, 2005

A Few good Reads

David Dark, author of the wonderful Everyday Apocalypse, releases The Gospel According To America: A Meditation On A God-Blessed, Christ-Haunted Idea on February 19. It should be excellent.

Andy Crouch, of the infamous Chrisitanity Today expose on the emerging church has a wonderful article in the CT, called Stone-Washed Worship commenting on the desire of many newer churches to appear "authentic" as another marketing strategy and part of the broader consumer culture.

It is a great (and short) read!

I am presently reading (yes, at the same time- because they are all checked out from the library):
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond, the author of Guns, Germs and Steel. Simply put, it is about the factors that go into the collapse of a society, usually of that society's making, and usually from environmental shortcomings

and
Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck, which is an excellent account of the destruction of the neighborhood and rise of the suburban hell model of growth and how it must be reversed for smart growth

2 comments:

Kevin said...

If you haven't already, I'd love to suggest the book: "Selling out the Church The Dangers of Church Marketing" by Kenneson and Street as a thoughtful and well done look at what it means to be the Church in the consumerist society we call America.

Btw, Rumor has it that you're being squeeze played into starting an Emergent Cohort here in Tampa. Any truth to that? I'm being similarly pressured by EC and EP folk. Perhaps we could colaborate.

-Pkj.

Rudy said...

how about checking this one out and saving me the time:

The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy