What are you reading?
That’s the question we’re asking members of the Gloria Dei staff each month. Here are a few highlights:
Pastor Joe Meyer, Senior Pastor
Reliving the Passion: Meditations on the Suffering, Death, and the Resurrection of Jesus as Recorded in Mark by Walter Wangerin Jr.
I’ve read this book many times. With Ash Wednesday coming up (February 18), I would recommend it to anyone looking to enrich their Lenten experience. ~Pastor Joe
No story has more significance than this: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But somehow the oft-repeated tale of Christ’s passion can become too familiar, too formalized, for us to experience its incredible immediacy.
The meditations in Reliving the Passion, which received a Gold Medallion Award in 1993, follow the story as given in the gospel of Mark—from the moment when the chief priests plot to kill Jesus to the Resurrection. But these readings are more than a recounting of events; they are an imaginary reenactment, leading the reader to re-experience the Passion or perhaps see it fully for the very first time.
As only a great storyteller can, Walter Wangerin enables the reader to see the story from the inside, to discover the strangeness and wonder of the events as they unfold. It’s like being there. In vivid images and richly personal detail, Wangerin helps us recognize our own faces on the streets of Jerusalem; breathe the dark and heavy air of Golgotha; and experience, as Mary and Peter did, the bewilderment, the challenge, and the ultimate revelation of knowing the man called Jesus.
DeAnn McCue, Director of Children’s Ministry
This book is the true story of a family whose first born son was born with a rare chromosome abnormality. This is a story of hope and faith through the midst of great heartache, but more than that, it is a story of love. ~DeAnn
A biography about the gift of life. When their son was born with a rare chromosome abnormality, the Bandy family chose to cherish every day of his life. This is the true story of a remarkable young man whose life taught a profound lesson about love and faith. Readers who are searching for meaning and comfort will be encouraged by this family’s daily struggles with disability and how they learned to see the Creator’s splendor in the details. (Published by Concordia College)
Karen Kennedy, Director or Publicity and Promotions
Since a trusted and dear friend recommended author Brennan Manning, I immediately ordered “Abba’s Child.” By chapter two, I was completely enthralled at his easy and simple way of expressing our human angst in life that manifests itself in a lot of ugly ways. He states that most things in life are aimed at hiding and masking our true selves. Therefore, we fill that need to be recognized, heard and loved by external accolades, such as career, work, family, friends, etc. However, he writes that our true identity, freeing us from all illusions, is found in Christ as His “beloved.” We are His and He is ours. I found this truth, exhilarating, freeing and extremely simple. ~ Karen
Many Christians feel broken and angry but don’t think they can express these real feelings around others—or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us. Author Brennan Manning encourages you to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept your identity as a child of God. Find the rest that you long for as you grow in character and accept His lordship. Includes discussion questions.
Now it’s your turn…what are you currently reading? Let us know by leaving a comment.