Monday, December 28, 2020

2020 Book List

It is December 28 and, unless I get the chance to speed through one of the four books I am reading right now, this will be my list of books I read in 2020.

As I read through this list I realized just how hard of a year it has been, my book choices reflecting my hunger. This past year I did not read for fun. I read to understand. With the exception of a handful, the following books were chosen in my attempt to make sense of my own experience and the world around me. 

In some books I found validation, in others healing. During a year of so much loss, including the loss of a dear community, I found within these books comfort that what I had experienced was indeed a thing and that I was not alone. I found confirmation that my concerns had been valid. I found words to help other people make sense of their own experiences. I found hope for a healthier culture out there. Somewhere. 

My plan is for my 2021 reading to be considerably less heavy. And yet I don't regret immersing myself into this incredible collection of books. 

-Broken Trust: A Practical Guide to Identify and Recover From Toxic Faith, Toxic Church, and Spiritual Abuse by F. Remy Diederich

-Escaping the Maze of Spiritual Abuse: Creating Healthy Christian Cultures by Lisa Oakley and Justin Humphreys

-Courage, Dear Heart: Letters to a Weary World by Rebecca K. Reynolds

-Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk, and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch

-When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat

-Images of America: Swannanoa by Anne E. Chesky Smith

-The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of Early Days by Frederick Buechner 

-The Seasons of Life by Paul Tournier

-Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

-Post Traumatic Church Syndrome: One Woman’s Desperate, Funny, and Healing Journey to Explore 30 Religions by Her 30th Birthday by Reba Riley 

-The Confident House Hunter: A Home Inspector’s Tips for Finding Your Perfect House by Dylan Chalk

-Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving

-The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby

-This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers by K.J. Ramsey

-Born With Teeth: A Memoir by Kate Mulgrew

Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristen Kobes DuMez

-Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After a Hurtful Church Experience by Carol Howard Merritt

-When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd

-A Brave Lament: For Those Who Know Death by Andrew Bauman and Christy Bauman

-Narcissism in the Church: A Heart of Stone in Christian Relationships by David C. Orrison PhD

-In the House of Friends: Understanding and Healing from Spiritual Abuse in Christian Churches by Kennett J. Garrett

-Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church by Diane Langberg

-A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing by Scot McNight and Laura Barringer

-Something’s Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse--and Freeing Yourself from Its Power by Wade Mullen 

-Stumbling Toward Wholeness: How the Love of God Changes Us by Andrew J. Bauman

-The Great Belonging: How Loneliness Leads Us to Each Other by Charlotte Donlon  

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