We thought we’d take a minute to show you some of the books that our staff has read over the past few months. (We’re including audiobooks we’ve listened to in honor of Chris Brooks.) Some of these are Christian books; others are mainstream books that have made us think. One of Wayfarer’s core values is to wrestle before settle, and all of these books have given us plenty to wrestle over…
Tribes by Seth Godin. Dave Rhodes picked this book up, and it has had a huge impact on our strategy as we develop the first Wayfarer Camp at Anderson University as well as another new project that we’ll unveil just after the new year. (Another teaser…) Anyway, Seth’s unique picture combines marketing and community to create a powerful way of accomplishing your mission. It’s worth a look.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Brooks is the first one in our office to open up Gladwell’s latest idea, which is about where excellence comes from. If you’ve read Gladwell’s other books (The Tipping Point and Blink), you know that he’s an incredible thinker who breaks down complicated ideas in a palatable way. And if you want a taste of Outliers, check out this New Yorker article. (Warning: It’s long but really good.)
Faith and Doubt by John Ortberg. No matter what John Ortberg writes, we read it. His insights in several books have proven to be huge thought-provokers for us here at Wayfarer. Now, John delves into one of the core issues of what belief and faith really look like. He does this with his normal clarity, emotion, honestly, and directness, providing valuable insights that are worth the read once again.
Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell. Rob Bell is kind of an anomaly in Christian culture today. Many people admire and use his Nooma videos, which have revolutionized the idea of Christian curriculum. But many people also cringe at or even criticize some of Rob’s teachings. We here at Wayfarer don’t endorse everything Rob says or teaches. (We don’t really do that for anybody, just for the record.) But he makes us think, and he makes us wrestle with God and the gospel. Those are good things. That’s what this book does. It’s thought-provoking, challenging, and imperfect. But if you’re willing to think and to disagree with some of what you read, this book is worth a shot.
Holy Curiosity by Winn Collier. Winn, who did Robert and Lindsay Neely’s wedding last year, has released several books. This one is about the questions Jesus asked of people and what they mean to us. As always, Winn engages his topic in an honest, personal, thoughtful way that creates a devotional experience as you read.