Recent books recommended by Barbara

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau, 2015). An African-American father’s advice to his son.

Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, by Marcus J. Borg (Harper One, 2014). His last book.

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalb

The End of White Christian America, by Robert P. Jones, founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian, by Brian McLaren


Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented the Stories of the Savior, by Bart Ehrman (Harper Collins, 2016).

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau, 2014). The injustice of prison and criminal-justice systems in the South.

Life Beyond Belief: A Preacher’s Conversion, by Bob Ripley (Binea Press, 2014). A “manifesto of reason” by the pastor of one of Canada’s largest mainline Protestant congregations.

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, by Ted Koppel (Crown Publishers, 2015). A journalist tells how unprepared the U.S. is, for a crippling attack on our electric power systems.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander (The New Press, 2012). A civil-rights lawyer describes the relation between race and criminal justice.

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, by Kevin M. Cruse (Basic Books, 2015). An eye-opener about the pressure that has been exerted in the U.S. ever since Eisenhower’s presidency, to promote right-leaning religious views.

plainradicalPlain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully, by Robert Jensen (Soft Skull Press, 2015). A progressive University of Texas journalism professor presents his views.

Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of a Modern Heretic, by Lloyd Geering (Polebridge Press, 2014). A New Zealand theologian tells how Schleiermacher, Feuerbach, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, and John Robinson influenced his religious beliefs.

Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
, by Richard Beck


Strangers in Their Own Land, by Arlie Russell Hochschild (New Press, 2016).  A liberal California sociologist moves to Louisiana to try to understand Tea Party supporters.

engelAnd Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, by Richard Engel, an NBC journalist (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

forceUnified We Are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities, by Joerg Rieger and Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger (Chalice Press, 2016).  A theologian and a community and labor organizer give practical examples from their experience, for building collective power.

liberalsWhy Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): A History of the Religious Battles that Define America, from Jefferson’s Heresies to Gay Marriage, by Stephen Prothero (Harper One, 2016).

Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption, by Shaka Senghor (Convergent/Crown, 2016). A memoir about crime, prison, and finally, change.