by Greg Veltman
I’ve read a few books over the last 6 months that I would highly recommend to Student Development professionals. Here I provide a brief recommendation, including their length.
Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith – Sharon Daloz Parks (Long read)
This newly updated classic follows student development theory to lay out the how and why of higher education institutions ability to be a mentoring environment for students on their journey towards a robust faith.
Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious – David Dark (Medium read)
Dark lays out the case for the religiosity in all of life and suggests that we try to practice good religion rather than bad religion, through a poetic and reflective way of life, rather than the harsh logic we assume religion must be.
Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice – Barbara Salter McNeil (Short read)
As Christians, we cannot ignore racial injustice in our world, and we cannot live on the assumptions that reconciliation is easy. It is more a matter of changing our hearts than changing our minds. McNeil offers a model for persisting on the journey.
Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing – Andy Crouch (Short read)
Crouch proposes a model in which Christians find the balance between having authority and being vulnerable, rather than the either/or that offers a false view of success. Good leadership is authority and vulnerability.
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit – James K.A. Smith (Medium read)
Smith applies his philosophy of embodied learning to spiritual formation and discipleship, with many higher education examples to help us rethink how we teach students to be Christian.