What books have been occupying the spare moments of Candler Alumni Board members? Here are a few of their recommendations:
Jeremy Pridgeon 02T, chair of the Candler Alumni Board, recently read Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward by Henry Cloud. The book “helped in dealing with retrenchment and decline in local congregations affected by economic downturn,” he said.
Olivia Poole 09T said that A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is great for any animal lover. “It’s a fun, relaxing book to read on vacation,” she reported. Next up: Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice
Bryan Brooks 01T enjoyed The Collected Sermons of Fred B. Craddock because it was “a chance to look over the shoulder of a master homiletician at work. It also makes a great source of daily devotional reading.”
John Simmons 96T recommends Plain, Honest Men by Richard Beeman. “The book is about the origins of the U.S. Constitution, so it was meaningful to me as I was getting ready to go to General Conference to rewrite the Book of Discipline.” Next he’ll be tacking A Different Kind of Smart, which deals with emotional intelligence.
Jimmy Asbell 91T found Going Deep: Becoming A Person of Influence by Gordon McDonald “a good look at making disciples in the local church—not by the usual programmatic model, but more organically.” He also enjoyed At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. “Both educational and entertaining, the book covers the history and origin of many of the household things we think of as normal,” he says. Next on his to-read list is Like Fire in the Bones by Walter Brueggemann.