Misfits on a Mission, Finding Identity in Jesus

Lent

Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross is an excellent guide to observing the church calendar for those who aren’t as accustomed. The section on Lent is particularly relevant if you are new to the tradition. The author explores the meaning of Ash Wednesday, the temptations of Christ, fasting, and more. (Pages 125—161)

Lent for Everyone by N. T. Wright is another excellent resource for learning more about Lent. The Bishop never fails to make plain what is otherwise incredibly complex. This book works through the traditional Lectionary Readings for Year A.

Prophetic Lament by Soong-Chan Rah is a commentary on the book of Lamentations but also a call to the church to embrace the neglected practice of lament. This is a particularly relevant book during Lent as we examine the social dimension of our practices of self-examination.

Theology

Unsettling Truths by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah is an excellent resource for exploring racial justice in North America through an exploration of the American church’s relationship to the “Doctrine of Discovery.” Charles and Rah prophetically challenge the American church and advance a new way of understanding how historical trauma can inform our ministry. Read a review by Pastor T. C.

Why Do We Suffer and Where is God When We Do? by Valerie G. Rempel is a straightforward and accessible introduction to the subject of “theodicy,” which is an exploration of God’s relationship to suffering and evil. The book is very brief (around 60 pages), but introducing some very important points which the reader can explore more themselves.

Parenting

Raising Disciples by Natalie Frisk is a guide for parents around discipleship. Frisk is a pastor in Canada at an Anabaptist church so this is sure to approach parenting and discipleship through a Jesus-centered lens. If you’d like to read this book with other parents at Roots, reach out to Pastor Osheta.