What Books are on Your Christmas Lists?

The Campus Resources from InterVaristy Press: 2013-2014 Academic Year Edition. Do not miss the IVP discount for Emerging Scholars :) If you may be interested in helping with book reviews, please contact me.

What books are on your Christmas lists, not only your own wish list, but also ones you desire to give to others and/or suggest for a book discussion in the coming year? I am very interested in learning what Emerging Scholars desire to read, review, discuss, gift, possibly even teach (e.g., campus ministry, local congregation, even classroom). Please share . . . Note: No need for the book(s) to be “Christian”.

But yes, if you are looking for a suggestion (or two, three, four . . .), the Emerging Scholars Network does have a lot to offer . . .

The “stocking stuffer question” was inspired by

  • the posting of the St. Nicholas Center on Keeping Advent 2013.
  • my younger girls asking, “Who is St. Nicholas?” after coming home with some school crafts on December 6. What an opportunity for a lesson in Church History!
  • returning to the topic year after year in a variety of contexts — campus, family, our local congregation, social settings, etc.

The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus by Adam C. English. Baylor U. Press, 2012.

After visiting the St. Nicholas Center, I did a quick on-line search for additional resources and came across The Saint Who Would be Santa ClausIf you have read the 2012 Baylor U. Press book by Adam C. English (Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Campbell University in North Carolina), please share with me a short “off-the-cuff” review. If you have not explored the topic, you will appreciate the teaser offered by Elissa Cooper’s interview of Adam C. English: Was the Real St. Nick Better than Santa Claus? Author Adam C. English says St. Nicholas was social activist, businessman, lawyer—and man of God (Christianity Today. 12/7/2012)  and the publication website. Yes, I will be adding this title to my Christmas wish list not only to read in preparation for next year, but also as a conversation starter on Christmas morning 2013. . . .

The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History by Robert Tracy McKenzie. IVP Academic, 2013.

The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History by Robert Tracy McKenzie. IVP Academic, 2013.

Along similar lines I carried The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History by (Robert Tracy McKenzie. IVP Academic, 2013) with me all day on Thanksgiving. I had a fun time not only sharing some of the material I was learning, but even reading selections to an interested family member. I am continuing to read this book not only in preparation for Thanksgiving 2014, but also for more general conversations regarding loving God and learning from history — for my recent post on The First Thanksgiving, click here — don’t miss the excellent animated short :) To God be the glory!

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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