About two hours before I left from home, at the end of this last Christmas break, a brother of mine asks me if I have some books to recommend. Admittedly I was shocked – He didn’t read much last time I checked. I checked again, yep, still not much of a reader. Right. So he wants a book or two to read? Now this is a challenge. I can’t overwhelm him, but he is asking for a book. It has to be at a high school reading level, but still call him deeper. The language needs to be simple, but maintain his curiosity. Over all, I am unsure as to what he really thinks theology is. I just hope he isn’t expecting wrote memory with the “objectivity” of Grudemn or Erickson, but in pill form.
With the help of Halden and some others in the book business, I decided on two books: Mere Discipleship by Lee Camp (think Yoder but in easier language) and Simply Christian by N. T. Wright (think Mere Christianity but for Christians).
Hopefully this will get him thinking about his goal to fly and build planes through the air force and the theological implications of the Christian life. Then again, theology is so much bigger than designing bombs, and so ultimately, I am looking for conversational books that will draw him deeper into thinking critically/theologically about his life now and in the future. I think Camp and Wright fit that well. I just hope it sticks.
Does anyone else have other suggestions? I’m still somewhat at a loss. This seems like a particularly hard audience to find a good book for.