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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 23 2014 2:17 AM

The Anglican base package and Anglican resources in general seem to focus on stuff from England. All very interesting, but I have a particular personal interest in the American side (being descended from several Episcopal bishops, and having been baptized in the Episcopal church as an infant). I know little about it, having never been a member of an Episcopal church, but I'd like to learn more about my heritage. And I think it's an important demographic that Logos could pick up as users if it took this suggestion seriously. Thus...

I'd like to see more books by and about significant American Episcopalians from the early days in New England, through the social gospel era of the early 20th century, and up to the present with its particular challenges. I'd want to see books from conservative to liberal authors, across the theological spectrum. And more books about the Episcopal church in America, its history and theology.

First, let me say, I'm glad to see (and have put an order in for) the Welcome to the Episcopal Church Series (7 vols.) in pre-pub. But I think we need more.

Here are a few names of authors I'm familiar with, but I'd like others to chime in with more suggestions

Diana Butler Bass

  • Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship
  • Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
  • Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith
  • A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
  • The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church
  • Standing Against the Whirlwind : Evangelical Episcopalians in Nineteenth-Century America
  • Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community

Robert Farrar Capon

Margaret Guenther

  • At Home in the World: A Rule of Life for the Rest of Us
  • Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction
  • Just Passing Through: Notes From a Sojourner
  • My Soul in Silence Waits
  • The Practice of Prayer
  • Toward Holy Ground: Spiritual Directions for the Second Half of Life
  • Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus

Stanley Hauerwas (in addition to the books of his that Logos already carries)

  • The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer In Christian Ethics
  • Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics, and Life
  • Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony
  • Hannah's Child: A Theologian's Memoir
  • The Hauerwas Reader
  • A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic
  • Without Apology: Sermons for Christ's Church
  • God, Medicine, and Suffering
  • The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life (with William Willimon)
  • Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness (with Jean Vanier)
  • Growing Old in Christ
  • Unleashing the Scripture: Freeing the Bible from Captivity to America
  • Suffering Presence
  • Christians Among the Virtues: Theological Conversations Modern Ethics (with Charles R. Pinches)
  • Why Narrative? Readings in Narrative Theology (co-edited with L. Gregory Jones)
  • With the Grain of the Universe: The Church's Witness and Natural Theology
  • Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian
  • Prayers Plainly Spoken
  • Sunday Asylum: Being the Church in Occupied Territory
  • Vision And Virtue: Essays in Christian Ethical Reflection
  • The State of the University: Academic Knowledges and the Knowledge of God

Richard B. Hays

  • The Art of Reading Scripture (co-edited with Ellen F. Davis)
  • Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul
  • The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics

Henry Codman Potter (Bishop of New York from 1887 to 1908; active in the social gospel movement)

  • All Things Human: Henry Codman Potter and the Social Gospel in the Episcopal Churchby Michael Bourgeois
  • Henry Codman Potter: Seventh Bishop of New York by George Hodges
  • The Dignity of Man: Select Sermons by Henry Codman Potter
  • Principles of Religious Education by Henry Codman Potter
  • Reminiscences of Bishops and Archbishops by Henry Codman Potter
  • Sermons of the City by Henry Codman Potter

Fleming Rutledge

  • And God Spoke to Abraham: Preaching from the Old Testament
  • The Battle for Middle-earth: Tolkien's Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings
  • The Bible and The New York Times
  • Help My Unbelief
  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Sermons from Paul's Letter to the Romans
  • The Seven Last Words from the Cross
  • The Undoing of Death

Barbara Brown Taylor

  • An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
  • Bread of Angels
  • The Healing Word: Gospel Medicine for the Soul
  • Home By Another Way
  • Learning to Walk in the Dark
  • Leaving Church
  • Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion
  • Mixed Blessings
  • The Practice of Saying No
  • The Preaching Life
  • The Seeds of Heaven: Sermons on the Gospel of Matthew
  • Speaking of Sin
  • When God is Silent (Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching)

Phyllis Tickle

  • The Divine Hours (Volume One): Prayers for Summertime: A Manual for Prayer
  • The Divine Hours (Volume Two): Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime: A Manual for Prayer
  • The Divine Hours (Volume Three): Prayers for Springtime: A Manual for Prayer
  • Eastertide: Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours
  • Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours
  • The Night Offices: Prayers for the Hours from Sunset to Sunrise
  • This Is What I Pray Today: Divine Hours Prayers For Children
  • The Age of the Spirit, The: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church
  • The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord with Reflections by Phyllis Tickle
  • Phyllis Tickle - Evangelist of the Future by Tony Jones

Lauren Winner (in addition to the books of hers that Logos already carries)

  • Girl Meets God: A Memoir
  • Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline
  • Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
  • The Voice of Matthew

Paul F.M. Zahl

  • The First Christian: Universal Truth in the Teachings of Jesus
  • Five Women of the English Reformation
  • Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life
  • The Protestant Face of Anglicanism
  • PZ's Panopticon: An Off-the-Wall Guide to World Religion
  • Who Will Deliver Us?: The Present Power of the Death of Christ

And yes, even the despised ones:

Marcus Borg

  • The Meaning of Jesus (with N.T. Wright)
  • The Heart of Christianity
  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
  • Reading the Bible Again For the First Time
  • Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written
  • Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power-And How They Can Be Restored
  • Jesus: A New Vision
  • The God We Never Knew
  • Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith
  • Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most
  • The Last Week (with John Dominic Crossan)
  • The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon (with John Dominic Crossan)
  • The First Christmas (with John Dominic Crossan)
  • Conflict, Holiness, and Politics in the Teachings of Jesus

John Shelby Spong

  • Why Christianity Must Change or Die
  • Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks this Meaning of Script
  • The Fourth Gospel
  • Eternal Life: A New Vision
  • Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes
  • Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World
  • Jesus for the Non-Religious
  • A New Christianity for a New World
  • Resurrection
  • The Sins of Scripture
  • Here I Stand
  • Living in Sin?: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality
  • Born of a Woman: A Bishop Rethinks the Virgin Birth and the Treatment of Women by a Male-Dominated Church
  • Honest Prayer
  • This Hebrew Lord
  • Consciousness and Survival: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into the Possibility of Life Beyond Biological Death
  • The Easter Moment
  • Into the Whirlwind: The Future of the Church
  • Beyond Moralism
  • The Living Commandments

Here's a list of some other possible books, though I wouldn't by any means endorse any of them as I'm not familiar with most of them, but at least it's a list that some people think are the best books for Episcopalians to read. Incidentally, I'm not familiar with most of the above books either, but just listed them for completeness.

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Ben Amundgaard (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 23 2014 3:57 PM

Hey Rosie,

Thanks for these suggestions.  Did you also see the Conversations with Scripture Series?  That's definitely a modern/liberal Episcopal collection.

You mentioned earlier Episcopalians, I'm assuming you've seen the CP collections of William Porcher DuBose (soon to ship) and John Henry Hobart (needs a bit of love!).  I've got a Samuel Seabury collection on the way.  There are a few other early Episcopalians I want to put up on CP at some point.  I fear that some of them are too obscure and won't do too well until we grow the Episcopal audience a bit.

I've got books by nearly all of these authors on request.  I'll go through and add titles that aren't already on my list.  

FWIW, I'm a little nervous about Spong at this point because he's such a lightning rod for controversy ...

In addition to those authors you noted who already have books in Logos, we have some offerings from these authors:

We have one Capon book here.

We have some Richard B. Hays books here.

FWIW, we have one H. C. Potter sermon here

Rev. Flemming Rutledge contributed to this set.

Barbara Brown Taylor was one of the editors of Feasting on the Word.

We have a few books by Phyllis Tickle here (btw, did you see her endorsement of the Anglican Base Packages?)

Zahl is a contributor to a number of books on Logos

Marcus Borg wrote the Mark volume in the Conversations with Scripture Series.

Finally, we have a large number of titles coming from Church Publishing, the official publisher of the Episcopal Church. See the press release here (it's the second one down as of 4/23/14).

Again, thanks for this and know that I am doing all I can to get as many Episcopalians in Logos as possible!

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 23 2014 4:25 PM

Ben Amundgaard:
FWIW, I'm a little nervous about Spong at this point because he's such a lightning rod for controversy ...

Rightfully so.  I tend to wonder about him.  I have his Why Christianity Must Change or Die in print, and I am appalled by it. 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 23 2014 5:45 PM

Ben Amundgaard:

Thanks for these suggestions.  Did you also see the Conversations with Scripture Series?  That's definitely a modern/liberal Episcopal collection.

Yes, I'm already in on that. Forgot about it.

Ben Amundgaard:

 John Henry Hobart (needs a bit of love!).  

Thanks, I'd overlooked him. Have now bid.

Ben Amundgaard:

I fear that some of them are too obscure and won't do too well until we grow the Episcopal audience a bit.

Yes, alas, that's probably the case with my ancestor Henry Codman Potter (my great-great-granduncle). He was an important bishop in his day and is buried in St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City (the largest Episcopal cathedral in the world), but nowadays almost nobody has heard of him. It was cool that a biography of him was written recently. The author was invited to speak at a Potter family reunion in New York and I got a signed copy. Nice to 

Ben Amundgaard:

FWIW, I'm a little nervous about Spong at this point because he's such a lightning rod for controversy ...

Yes, I would be too. Marcus Borg can be quite controversial too.

Ben Amundgaard:

In addition to those authors you noted who already have books in Logos, we have some offerings from these authors:

I wasn't intending to be exhaustive in my acknowledgement of what Logos already has. As it so happens, I already own all the books you've linked to (or have them on order in pre-pub)

Ben Amundgaard:

We have a few books by Phyllis Tickle here (btw, did you see her endorsement of the Anglican Base Packages?)

Wow! I hadn't seen that. It appears she's tickled with her Logos Anglican base package. Smile

Ben Amundgaard:

Finally, we have a large number of titles coming from Church Publishing, the official publisher of the Episcopal Church. See the press release here (it's the second one down as of 4/23/14).

Great!

Ben Amundgaard:

Again, thanks for this and know that I am doing all I can to get as many Episcopalians in Logos as possible!

Some more books on the history, theology, and liturgy of the Episcopal Church would be good too. I'm sure you're already on this, but just looking through Amazon for some ones that I'd potentially consider buying:

Most of those are from Morehouse Publishing, a couple from Seabury, both of which I believe belong to Church Publishing now, so that means you'll likely be able to get them without too much difficulty.

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Ben Amundgaard (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 24 2014 8:36 AM

Rosie Perera:
I wasn't intending to be exhaustive in my acknowledgement of what Logos already has.

I kind of thought that, I just wanted to add everything so that if someone else came along and read this thread they'd have a sense of what we already have. Big Smile

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 24 2014 8:53 AM

Rosie! Do you buy food, clothing and pay utilities like the rest of us? Wow/! Surprise

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 24 2014 10:32 AM

George Somsel:

Ben Amundgaard:
FWIW, I'm a little nervous about Spong at this point because he's such a lightning rod for controversy ...

Rightfully so.  I tend to wonder about him.  I have his Why Christianity Must Change or Die in print, and I am appalled by it. 

Haven't read that one.  On the one hand, he is a significant voice in the American church and has quite a following, and so should be included.  On the other hand, it seems to me that he has so very little to say, and what what he does say is said better by others.  In addition, his books have subtitles suggesting that his highly questionable statements have the teaching authority of the church.  This may be more of a publisher thing.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 24 2014 6:27 PM

Ben Amundgaard:
FWIW, I'm a little nervous about Spong at this point because he's such a lightning rod for controversy ...

You could start with James Pike Stick out tongue

Actually, beside Phyllis Tickle, the American Episcopalian who comes to my mind first as widely read and admired is Alan Jones. I used to awaut each new book from him with impatience.

  • Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality
  • Reimagining Christianity: Reconnect Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind by Alan Jones
  • Sacrifice and Delight: Spirituality for Ministry
  • Passion for Pilgrimage: Notes for the Journey Home
  • The Soul's Journey: Exploring the Spiritual Life with Dante as Guide
  • Common Prayer on Common Ground: A Vision of Anglican Orthodoxy
  • Exploring Spiritual Direction
  • Journey Into Christ

Tilden Edward also deserves mention.

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