Margaret Feinberg: My Top 10 Books

Recently, I asked your opinion on your favorite books you have ever read. Well, I compiled my own list.

OneGodstories by H. Stephen Shoemaker

In a series of compelling narratives, Shoemaker tells the story of Scripture in a way that’s colorful, earthy, unexpected, and winsome. When a book garners endorsements from the likes of Garrison Keillor and Fredrick Buechner, you know it’s going it’s not only going to be good, it’s going to be beautifully written.

Two | Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry

Though the urban world dazzles us with its accoutrements, the agrarian world gently invites us to rediscover who we are and the what’s most meaningful. Wendell Barry offers a series of twenty-one feisty essays (including an unforgettable piece on how computers have made us all worse writers) that will challenge the lenses through which you see your world and help you recognize the hidden beauty that’s inherit in the earth.

ThreeJesus through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey

If you’re looking for true beauty, it’s impossible to trump Jesus. With a childhood in Egypt and a career that allowed him to more than six decades in the Middle East, Bailey’s perspective of the life of Jesus is likely different than any you’ve seen or encountered before. This book is rich with insight and leaves Jesus more stunning that you’ve seen him before.

FourThe Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

The beauty of science and the wonder of creation are on display on every page of this volume. Though the book doesn’t have anything to do with God, per say, it reflects the delight and play and quirks of creation that reveal more about our Creator.  Who knew string theory could be so fabulous?

FiveA Walk through the Bible by Lesslie Newbigin

Countless pilgrims try to read Genesis through Revelation but never make it past Leviticus. Those needing to grasp the big story of the Bible will find themselves delighted in a tiny 84-page offering from Lesslie Newbigin. A Walk through the Bible is more like a sunny afternoon stroll and is so delightful you’ll want to take it again and again.

SixTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The life of faithfulness and sacrifice is a work of beauty in itself. Few lives demonstrate as much beauty and inspiration as Abraham Lincoln. Goodwin’s book-all 916-pages of it, gulp-is packed with haunting moments from Lincoln’s life that will transform the way you live and lead.

SevenAfter You Believe by N. T. Wright

I’m becoming increasing convinced the question of faith is not as much “What have you been saved from?” as it is, “What have you been saved for?” Indeed, a life of faith is a beautiful endeavor when lived well. N. T. Wright will shift the way you embrace the beautiful message of salvation.

EightAwed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth by Walter Brueggemann

God loves poets, the beauty of their words, the thoughtfulness of their prose. Brueggemann is a poet-theologian-scholar who isn’t afraid to ask the most terrible of questions and sit in the most painful of silence waiting for the answer. In the darkness, he discovers hidden gems of faithfulness, love, companionship reminding us that beautiful treasures are often found in life’s most difficult moments.

NineJesus Driven Ministry by Ajith Fernando

Few books have haunted me this decade like this work by a Sri Lankan pastor who ministers on the other side of the globe. His language to describe Jesus, faith, church are so, well, un-American, they’re refreshing and bounding with life. Ajith Fernando is a minister and writer whose work you’ll have a hard time not falling in love with.

TenThe Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

We must never lose our ability to see ourselves or our world through childlike lenses. The Velveteen Rabbit is a lifelong reminder that our personal worth isn’t found in being bigger, stronger, or better, but in becoming real, becoming who we are really meant to be. This beautiful, timeless story is one that needs to be read on a regular basis-no matter your age.

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In your opinion, are any books on Margaret’s list that you think shouldn’t be? Which books would be on your list?

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Margaret Feinberg (www.margaretfeinberg.com) is author of some great reads like Scouting the Divine and The Sacred Echo. She loves Coldplay but can’t wait for the skinny jean trend to pass. She asked her social media friends what marks a hipster pastor and their most brilliant responses are found above. You can follow her snark, wit, and wisdom at www.twitter.com/mafeinberg and help her figure out what to do on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/mafeinberg.