I've just read two church-related books, one as a preparation for Interim Ministry training (Temporary Shepherds), which was quite useful.
The other is the work of one of my favorite RevGalBlogPals, Carol Howard Merritt, a book called Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation.
Carol has written a very good book about working within our typical mainline churches to reach younger people without screens or bands or gimmicks, by providing authentic community and caring and a place to worship and celebrate and grieve intergenerationally. These were the things I tried to do at Small Church, where things were beginning to grow, but there was not enough money to continue on full time. It encourages me to think that I was having many of the same thoughts Carol writes about in my own context; it tells me there is motion in the life of the Church, a movement of the Spirit that feels like it includes churches I have served and people with gifts for ministry something like mine. It's an Alban Institute book, and Carol is working on another right now.
You may remember I wrote recently about considering the purchase of a Kindle, in part because they are pretty cool-looking (Questing Parson said so!) and in part because the difficulty of holding a book has cut back on my time spent reading. Pure Luck liked the idea of getting one for me and so as a belated birthday present/very early Christmas present, I received one last week. I read my first book using the Kindle over the weekend, Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. It's a beautifully written novel, using the voice of a dog as narrator. Books related to animals always make me cry, so it was pretty daring of me to get it in the first place. It is in part about car racing, but don't let that stop you. I enjoyed reading it on the Kindle and highly recommend the book, but don't want to give anything else about it away.
The Kindle was a bit expensive, but it was apparently worth it for the sake of a pun about wrapping it up again at Christmas and re-Kindling it.
Books I'm reading on the Kindle are in the sidebar as, naturally, "Kindling."
Because puns are catching.