Susan’s Book Recommendation
Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
This month, both Fr. Nick and I, offer you books that might feed your soul. Many of you are familiar with the important work of Pastor Bonhoeffer, a renown Christian minister who resisted the Nazi movement of terror during World War II. Written from his experience of leading an underground seminary, Life Together is a must-read, at some point in your Christian walk. Bishop Russell is using this book as his premise for the upcoming Diocesan Convention in February 2019. Here, Bonhoeffer, gives us practical advice on how we might life together in community to be sustained for whatever life throws at us, the good and the bad. He demonstrates how critical community is; how life together is essential for growing in Christ and truly living. This is a thin book – easily read - and one you might consider giving as gifts to those who are looking for a book that satiates our hunger for the fullest life in Christ.
Nick’s book recommendation:
Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality. Published in 2018,
Rev. Julia Gatta, shares some of the foundational wisdom she has culled from a lifetime of serving in the Anglican tradition. She does this by grounding it in the great heritage we have received from the English mystics. Applying her years of experience as pastor and spiritual director, combined with her study of the spiritual wisdom of the past, she explores common Christian practices and their underlying theology through an Episcopal lens. In the tradition of Esther de Waal, Martin Smith, and Martin Thornton, with particular reference to scripture, The Book of Common Prayer, and the wisdom of the Christian spiritual tradition, she illuminates methods readers may already be practicing and provides insight and guidance to ones that may be new to them. Mother Julia is the beloved Professor of Pastoral Theology at The School of Theology, Sewanee, TN. The corpus of her work is truly essential reading.