I have added a few new books on my reading stand and albums on my iPod, along with dedicating a special section of links to missionary and international living friends (small now), along with musical friends. I hope the new music and books give you some ideas.
I am presently reading Get Back in the Box by Douglas Rushkoff (writer of the most influential book upon my thinking of the past 5 years, Coercion- which anyone that believes in independent thought or anyone in ministry must read). It is subtitled Innovation from the Inside Out.
Here is a quote from the book.
"American companies are obsessed with window dressing because they are reluctant, no afraid to look at whatever it is they really do and evaluate it from the iside out. When things are down, CEOs look to consultants and marketers to rethink, rebrand, or repackage whatever it is they are selling, when they should be getting back on the factory floor, into the stores, or out to the research labs where their product is actually made, sold, or conceived."
Is it just me or does this sound like an indictment of American churches, as well as American companies? Rushkoff also deals with the culture of fear and survivalism, as opposed to calling and experience that today's companies live in. It is a facsinating read and would be loved by fans of Malcom Gladwell and Steven Johnson.
Also, I am reading The last word : beyond the Bible wars to a new understanding of the authority of Scripture by N.T. Wright which I am stoked for, and preparing for Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter, Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell and Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman.
On the musical front, I am spending time with death cab for cutie (especially Photo Album), rogue wave (thanks Linda), Deerhoof, Derek Webb, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Matt Costa and The New Pornographers, along with Okkervil River and Jay Z's Black Album.