NOTE: see update below.
Three truths: I like to learn. I have a lot of books. I’m not big on reading.
Last year I made a plan to read a book a month. I didn’t come anywhere close. I guess Tim Ferriss wouldn’t be surprised since I had neither a carrot nor a stick.
This year I’m going public with my list. Again it’s one-a-month plus 3 for Sabbath.
Carrot: I can get on Instagram in the evening after I’ve read either 20 pages or 1 chapter.
Stick: If I don’t finish the month’s book, I have to give Victor my $10 allowance for the month.
The main theme is conflict resolution/transformation and reconciliation. The secondary theme is general Christian social ethics. I read a number of these (or major parts of them) in grad school, but I’ve been wanting to revisit them.
So here’s the plan:
- Jan) The Peacemaker – Sande
- Feb) The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution – Weeks
- Mar) Deep Economy – McKibben
- Apr) Journey Toward Reconciliation – Lederach [or updated Reconcile]
- May) Christian Anarchism – Christoyannopoulos
- June) Making Conflict Work – Coleman & Ferguson
- July) Entrusted: Christians and Environmental Care* – Dunbar, Rasi & Gibson
- Aug) Reconciling All Things – Katongole & Rice
- Sept) Pursuing Justice – Wytsma
- Oct) Making Peace with Conflict – Schrock-Shenk & Ressler
- Nov) Six Theories of Justice – Lebacqz
- Dec) Strategies of Peace – Philpott & Powers; OR Reaching for Higher Ground in Conflict Resolution – Dukes, Piscolish & Stephens
Sabbath Reading (beyond the main reading plan):
- A Living Alternative – Harader & Green
- He Came Preaching Peace – Yoder
- Redemption & Transformation* – Kuhn
Maybe I’ll write a blog post for each book. We’ll see. 😉
UPDATE: After 7 months, I admitted I had failed. 🙂 I had read only 1 book in its entirety, and it had taken 2 months. So I scrapped the plan, and I’m now trying this: Reading for 30 minutes earns me 15 minutes of Internet time. 2:1. That time is for blogs, social media, news, sports, etc. So far this month I’m still not reading, but I am getting a lot done since I’m not wasting time online. 🙂
*Seventh-day Adventist authors
I’m only 75 pages into the 2017 reading plan, and I’m already thinking ahead to next year’s (2018) theme. I’m thinking about church-based social action and activism, with a secondary theme of intercultural/international conflict transformation.
- Churches That Make a Difference (Sider, Olson & Unruh)
- The Externally Focused Church (Rusaw & Swanson)
- A Culture of Peace: God’s Vision for the Church (Kreider, Kreider & Widjaja)
- Peace Ministry (Buttry)
- The Just Church (Martin)
- Faith-Rooted Organizing (Salvatierra & Heltzel)
- Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing (Jacobsen)
- Shalom Church (Nessan)
- Conflict Mediation across Cultures (Augsburger)
- Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation across Cultures (Lederach)
- Conflict across Cultures (LeBaron & Pillay)
- Managing Intercultural Conflict Effectively (Ting-Toomey & Oetzel)
Then 2019 could focus on human rights with a secondary theme of globalization:
- Crowned with Glory and Honor: Human Rights in the Biblical Tradition (Marshall)
- Faith and Human Rights (Amesbury & Newlands)
- Christian Human Rights (Moyn)
- In Our Own Best Interest (Schulz)
- Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice (Donnelly)
- International Human Rights (Alston & Goodman)
- The Human Rights Reader (Ishay)
- The History of Human Rights (Ishay)
- Philosophy of Human Rights: Readings in Context (Hayden)
- Global Neighbors (Hicks & Valeri)
- Justice in a Global Economy (Brubaker, Peters, & Stivers)
- The Fullness of Time in a Flat World (Waalkes)
- Globalization and Its Discontents (Stiglitz)
And 2020 could be on nonviolence….