Next Steps from the Spiritual Life Assessment
As we seek to stay rooted in Christ, we are focusing on four roots of health: formation, leadership, mission, and care. The following are suggested resources to help you cultivate mission and justice in your life.
- The Wounded Healer by Henry Nouwen
The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective.
- Generous Justice by Timothy Keller
In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. Here is a book for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide as well as those who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.
- The Colors of Hope by Richard Dahlstrom
Christians should be artists who paint with the colors of hope in a broken world, embodying Christ's redemptive presence in our personal lives, our work, and our relationships.
- International Justice Mission
IJM seeks to make public justice systems work for victims of abuse and oppression who urgently need the protection of the law. Join the movement to bring justice to those who need it most.
- How Much is Enough by Arthur Simon
In How Much Is Enough?, Arthur Simon takes an uncompromising look at America's wealth, reflecting what dominates the hearts and motivations of its people. He diagnoses Western civilization as sick with "affluenza," or runaway materialism, and shows readers how to reject the disease and set new priorities.
- The Story of Stuff
When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
- Spilling Hope 365
Spilling Hope is not just about writing a check. It’s about making an intentional lifestyle change that enables you to give generously. Our hope is that together, our community will move toward simplicity. This movement will not only empower us to change lives in East Africa, but will allow us to make room in our busy, cluttered lives for genuine learning, relationships, and transformation.
- The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
In this book, Shane Claiborne describes an authentic faith rooted in belief, action, and love, inviting us into a movement of the Spirit that begins inside each of us and extends into a broken world … [His] message will comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable . . . but will also invite us into an irresistible revolution.
- Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor by Robert D. Lupton
"... Lupton asks the tough questions about service providing and community building to help ministries enhance their effectiveness."
- Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-term Mission with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore
"... David A. Livermore will take a broad look at what the twenty-first-century church is doing on the mission field, the assumptions people make about Christianity, and what it takes to adapt effectively to new cultural contexts."
- African Friends and Money Matters by David Maranz
"[The author] introduces the very different goals of African and Western economic systems and then presents ninety observations of African behaviors related to money matters."
- Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton
"... Lupton offers all the tools and inspiration we need to develop healthy, community-driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change."