Eugene Cho

the next book i’m reading…

I’ve got a simple post today with a simple question. No need to argue, debate, or go into any dramatic existential thought process about “Who am I?” or about Faith & Politics.

Anyway, it’s a simple question and everyone that reads this post needs to share an answer. There is no exception today since today is 100% Community Participation Day. [I just made that up…]

This (picture above) is the next book I’m reading. It’s been sitting in my office in a pile of about another 50 books. I’m not writing a review. It’s not an advertisement. I’ve never met the author (yet). I just thought it be a good read – particularly in my quest to read a “non-obligatory book for myself kind of book” per month this year.

How about you?

What’s the next book for you?

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27 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    I’m a seminary student, so reading a book that isn’t related to a class is a bit of a luxury right now. But one book that has been recommended to me a by a faculty member from a former professor of the seminary is “The God who cares: A Christian looks at Judaism” by Fred Holmgren. It is not a how to in converting Jews but rather an intro for Christians about who the Jews are as a religious people group that is void of historical stereotypes.

  2. dmbaldwin says:

    Hey Eugene,

    Just bought the book on Kindle. Can’t wait to read it. This is what LifePoint is becoming all about! Thanks so much for the tip.
    Hope all is well with you and your family.
    Blessings,
    Dave

  3. Haha, that is actually the next book I am ordering! The next book I am reading is The Leadership Ellipse.

  4. Jared Yaple says:

    I read through “The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor” a couple of months ago. It is written to be slowly digested, bit by bit. I hope you enjoy it!

    I’m currently reading “Who Is My Neighbor?” by Wayne Gordon, “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard, and “Soulful Spirituality: Becoming Fully Alive and Deeply Human” by David G. Benner.

    Have a great weekend!

    Jared

  5. Pat says:

    Next up for me is Anam Cara, by John O’Donohue. I have to finish the four I’m currently reading first🙂

    (You should get onto Goodreads.com – social and books! winner!)

  6. mellocello says:

    I didn’t know he had a new book! Dr. Labberton was our pastor at First Pres Berkeley for many years before we moved to Seattle. I enjoyed his first book quite a bit. He passed those out as party favors for coming to church one Sunday!

  7. Jason says:

    “For Whom The Bell Tolls” By Hemingway

  8. Tyler says:

    The next book for me is “The Gospel in a Pluralist Society” by Newbigin.

  9. I’m currently reading Warrior Princess by Princess Kasune Zulu, in preparation for my global partnership trip to Zambia! It’s so refreshing to read a book at my leisure, and at the same time learn about something I’m excited about. I love it.

  10. daniel so says:

    Currently reading “The Missional Mom” by Helen Lee. Even though I’m not a mom, I’m really enjoying it!

  11. BenKendrew says:

    Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean…incredible book that the Church should read.

  12. Deb says:

    “Fannie’s Last Supper” after I finish “River of Lost Footsteps” which I just started…

  13. pc says:

    If you have the time to plow through the hundreds of pages, Mark Twain’s Autoiography (vol. 1) is highly entertaining. Short passages you can pick up and put down for ease of reading.😉

  14. jchenwa says:

    Either Prophet by Frank Perretti or Landscaping for Dummies.

  15. dongtituskim says:

    Recently finished “A Faith of Our Own: Second-Generation Spirituality in Korean American Churches” by Sharon Kim.

    Thinking of starting “The Drama of Doctrine” by Kevin Vanhoozer

  16. Its always to hear about a good book. I just finished Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” and would recommend it to anyone.

  17. Steve says:

    I’m reading Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer. It’s a very approachable thesis on the role of authors in creating leeway for science to test accepted boundaries. Too often, science is an arrogant pursuit – proving to oneself what is, or what is not – of the knowable. In this book, Lehrer demonstrates how imaginative writers can give the scientific minds room to consider challenging their hard and fast ‘laws.’ Fascinating.

  18. After I finish The Kingdom of God is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy, I’m looking forward to Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore. Also, check out openlibrary.org to sign out ebooks!

  19. […] Eugene Cho posts simply that he wanted his readers to know that he’s currently reading The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus by Mark Labberton. […]

  20. Abby says:

    As a staff at my work we’ve started reading Switch by Dan and Chip Heath which has been good so far and interesting to discuss as a staff! Personally I’m about to start reading Who Is My Neighbor?: Lessons Learned From a Man Left for Dead by Wayne Gordon.

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