Resource List!

Diagrams, Charts, Ideas, and Prayers that help me try to follow Jesus with integrity (I hope) without checking my brain at the door

If you’re interested in learning more about what influenced my past three sermons, here’s a list of what has shaped me.  All the books are available either in my office or the church library.  And if you have any questions, feel free to be in touch!  – Kyle

For a good overview of what some of the “essentials” are for us Anabaptists, check out Anabaptist Essentials by Palmer Becker.

One of the best books I can recommend on reading our Bibles (and what’s actually going on inside it) is The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read it by Peter Enns.  His book The Sin of Certainty is also well worth the time, as if you’re feeling extra nerdy, listen to his podcast The Bible for Normal People with Jared Byas.  Rob Bell’s book What is the Bible? is also a fun, delightful read.   If you really want to wrestle with the violence of the Bible, check out Disarming Scripture by Derek Flood, or if you’re looking for a lighter read, Brian Zahnd wrote a new one called Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God.

To understand James Fowler’s Stages of Faith, I’d recommend Stages of Faith by James Fowler (see what I did there?).  But if you’re looking for something on spiritual growth that’s a bit more accessible (and a smidgeon less boring), check out Brian Mclaren’s books Naked Spirituality and Finding Faith.

For thoughts on spirituality and growth and a different way of seeing faith, I’d definitely recommend subscribing to Richard Rohr’s daily email at www.cac.org (and if you don’t always know what’s going on, that’ okay.  Stay with it.)  I’d also recommend his books The Naked Now, Everything Belongs, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and pretty much everything else he says.

Alana Levandoski (who sang here in September) is good soil to plant some roots.  If you really want to go deeper, start reading the work of Thomas Merton or Henri Nouwen.

Check out the work put out by Phileena Heuertz, especially her book, Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life.  Plus, she and her husband Chris run www.gravitycenter.com, which is my go to resource for all things contemplative.

I am continually grateful for my spiritual director, Rachel.  I’d highly recommend a spiritual director (You can find one at www.spiritualdirection.ca).  Plus, where would I be without the wisdom, hospitality, and prayers of the nuns at St. Benedict’s Monastery?

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that not only helps us name our false self, but also offers pathways for transformation.  If you don’t know what the Enneagram is, don’t worry too much, as we’ll be introducing it in the winter of 2018. But if you want to get a head start, check out the book The Road Back To You by Suzanne Stabile and Ian Cron, as well as their podcasts The Road Back To You, Typology, and Enneagram JourneyThe Sacred Enneagram by Chris Heuertz is also helpful.

If you’re looking for free apps to help you pray, download the Centering Prayer app and the Book of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals app.

And finally, I am aware that the names on this list are primarily white men.  I can definitely recommend some resources/authors that have shaped my understanding of faith who aren’t white men, but this list is specifically about what influenced this sermon series.  Do feel free to share with me any authors or resources that would help make this list more diverse in the future.

4 thoughts on “Resource List!

  1. Hey Kyle, such a great list here – i have found many of these voices also helpful in growing in faith – Especially – Pet Enns, Zhand, Derek Flood – Maclaren- and the Rohr stuff as well. I think finding people who demonstrate and speak out of a passionate reimagined Faith – can be so lifegiving in a age when decontruction can become an end in itself –

  2. Kyle, you are having an impact way beyond Grace Church. Your messages are bold, creative and focused in the right direction. I am amazed at how many of the resources you name I also have in my possession. But you are so fortunate to be the age you are and so far along the way. At aged 70 I feel like I am just beginning to learn about a deeper spirituality. Had we stayed in Steinbach I am quite sure we would have ended up at Grace. For various reasons we moved to Altona and are attending the Seeds Community Church where Ted and Darlene Enns-Dyck share the pastoral role. In many ways this community is on the same page as Grace and I am overwhelmed by all the learning I still need to do just to catch up. I have started writing again, this time essays on my experience of finding a deeper spirituality. Find me at MySteinbach.ca. One book I am finding helpful right now is “Original Blessing: Putting Sin in its Right Place” by Danielle Shroyer. Anyway, it is so good to hear a local, young preacher speaking openly about things that so many of us have been learning “in the closet.” I wish you joy and peace as you continue on the trajectory you are on! Jack Heppner

    • Thanks Jack! While we do miss you here, Seeds is good soil. Plus, you have award winning pastors there, so I think you’ll be just fine . I’ll be sure to check out your writings… You keep working from your end, and I’ll keep working from mine!
      Grace and Peace,
      Kyle

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