Sharing books is my focus the next few days. See What’s On Your Bookshelf Part One for more summer reading selections. A few I am looking forward to~
Thanks for the book recommendations following my last post. Keep them coming!
Currently Reading. . .
The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Seems like I’ve been plowing forever through The New Jim Crow. I use plowing in the best sense of the word. Every page digs up startling truths on the plight of the contemporary African American male profiled for the United States penal system and delegated by the justice system to a permanent second class status. Although a pretty dense read for me, it’s an important book on racial justice so I’m not willing to let it go by the wayside.
The Whole Brained Child by Daniel Siegel, M.D.
I was first introduced to Siegel through his audio cd set, “The Neurobiology of We.” His neuroscience research on the impact of relationships on the adult brain fascinates me. The Whole Brained Child provides insight to the child’s brain. It emphasizes “strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind.” The institution where I teach began integrating child development, behavior, relationships, and spiritual growth with neurobiology several years ago. I believe even more information is on the horizon for this holistic approach to understanding ourselves, each other and our relationship with Christ.
A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie
If you are looking for a hard hitting devotional, this may be the one. 1940’s professor and Presbyterian Scottish minister Baillie dispenses with analogies and personal stories. Instead, his writing is direct, his attitude is serious, and his emphasis on holiness is challenging. The book jacket blurb encapsulates the exacting tone of his work. “If private prayer may be characterized as the wrestling of the soul with God, this book will be of real assistance in making that struggle not only easier, but more constructive.” Each morning and evening devotion proves to be constructive for me. I appreciate Baillie’s spiritual depth.
The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb, PhD
The subtitle to this book summarizes the content well: “using neuroscience to reverse the course of depression one small change at a time.” Korb helps me understand how my brain is wired and what alters my neuropathways for stronger emotional health. His lay approach to explaining brain function provides an easy to grasp text. Korb’s section on behaviors that will improve brain functioning and decrease depression are valuable to me.
As I peruse this list, I realize I don’t have a good novel going. Time for a trip to the library before going on vacation Friday! What are some of your current and/or favorite reads? Looking forward to hearing from you.