Reading List:May

This month was a very difficult one for reading… as well as for spare time. It seems that I had very little of each during this month… there was (and is) a lot going on.

I do, however, have several books that I had started over the past month that I anticipate being able to finish in the coming days. Nevertheless, here is my reading list for the month of May:

The Book of Nehemiah

The “memoirs” of a tremendous leader and an awesome example of Godly leadership, Nehemiah is a great man not only for the deeds he accomplishes but also for what he is able to inspire to others by the power of GOD. Strong in principle and mighty in prayer, Nehemiah is a man of action – one that holds fierce convictions and is unafraid to act boldly upon them.

During a time when a certain sense of futility and apathy had begun to set in among GOD`s people, Nehemiah is just the sort of leader by which the LORD has often blessed and preserved His people. Armed with tools of labor as well as warfare, Nehemiah`s most powerful weapons are his prayers.

Recommended for any that wish to behold the might and glory of GOD.

The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship by Paul F. Bradshaw

Whew! I read this quickly and devoured it whole, but I have recently begun going back over it and re-reading it a bit more carefully.

It is a delightfully dense book, written in an erudite (yet plainspoken) style. Bradshaw explores the history of the developments of Christian liturgy (that is, the order of worship) especially those in the early centuries. What he finds is that instead of a single contiguous line of the development of traditions and rituals, there is a diversity of observances.

Handily crushing the presumptions of a distinct “apostolic” tradition in the early church, Bradshaw explores the variety of initiation and Baptismal rites as well as those of the LORD`s Supper found in the young Church… and much more!

Like I mentioned earlier, my initial reading was very quick and I know I skimmed over a few parts here and there – all the same, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in solid historical research into the traditions of the early Christian church.

The Tragedy of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

A triumphant warrior that becomes seduced by his own legend, the ideological contrast of “plebian” Democracy versus an elitist Autocracy, the complicated relationship between a headstrong son and his overbearing mother, political contrivance and a little back-stabbing amongst compatriots. High drama from the marbled plazas of ancient Rome`s Empire.

Like many of Shakespeare`s works, Coriolanus easily parallels many of the political machinations that plague human civilization. The zealous thirst for power and the curious poetic ironies of unhinged hubris.

A comparatively obscure and somewhat difficult work, I would recommend Coriolanus for only the most devoted of admirers of the Bard… but it should be required reading for any considering a career in politics.

Though I have around a half dozen texts laying around the house started and half finished, it is only these three that I have completed before the close of this month. I expect, with the ending of the school year, that this shall prove to be an anomaly.

However, there are deeper issues that will bear on this also… certain affairs that I will not, for now, explore any further.

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