Faith Discovery: Growing in Faith, Fostering Conversation
These books are for everyone who wants to expand their understanding of faith. They will challenge you to grow and stretch in perspectives. They will also encourage you to pick up the conversation with someone else.
One book is suggested every two months. This will hopefully give you time to read, reflect and enjoy. If you would like to help host a group discussion about a particular book please speak with Rev. Danielle.
At First United we are committed to growing in faith and discipleship. The sharing and learning we do together helps us on that journey.
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“Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did and Why He Matters” by N/T.Wright
N. T. Wright invokes 200 years of Biblical scholarship to show us how we should best retell the story of Jesus today. For believers confronting the challenge of connecting with their faith today, Wright offers a provocative new picture of how to understand who Jesus was and how we should relate to him today.
"Intercultural Visions: Called to Be the Church" by Rob Fennel
What new visions of church are emerging in the United Church today? Diverse voices, each taking a line from A New Creed, explore the interplay between our call to be the church and our commitment to become intercultural. As Rob Fennell writes in the Preface, "Sometimes these voices challenge us all to see with new eyes and to love with new hearts. Sometimes they push against our comfort zones.”
"What We Talk About When We Talk About God" by Rob Bell
What We Talk About When We Talk About God, helps us with the ultimate big-picture issue: how do we know God? Bell believes we need to drop our primitive, tribal views of God and instead understand the God who wants us to become who we were designed to be, a God who created a universe of quarks and quantum string dynamics, but who also gives meaning to why new-born babies and stories of heroes and sacrifice inspire in us a deep reverence. This book will reveal that God is not in need of repair to catch him up with today's world so much as we need to discover the God who goes before us and beckons us forward.
"Made For Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference" by Desmond Tutu
Over the years the same questions get asked of Desmond Tutu: "How can you be so hopeful after witnessing so much evil?" "Why are you so sure goodness will triumph in the end?" This book is his answer. We get a glimpse into Tutu’s personal spirituality—and a better understanding of the man behind a lifetime of good works.
Our world needs this message: that we are made for goodness and it is up to us to live up to our destiny.
"The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life" by Parker Palmer
The Promise of Paradox launched Parker J. Palmer’s career as an author and his ongoing exploration of the contradictions that vex and enrich our lives. In this probing and heartfelt book, Palmer examines some of the challenging questions at the core of Christian spirituality. How do we live with the apparent opposition between good and evil, scarcity and abundance, individuality and community, death and new life? We can hold them as paradoxes, not “either/ors,” allowing them to open our minds and hearts to new ways of seeing and being.