Reading Guides, Volume 9

Christian Faithfulness in the Trump Age – 10 Books

Our list of theologically-informed resources that will serve to guide our churches in this new and unsettling age…




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Lisa Sharon Harper

Christian allegiances with the Right and the Left have largely been driven by insufficient understandings of the Gospel, and what God is up to in the World. In this energizing book, Harper invites us into a Christian faith that is rooted in the biblical concept of shalom, the life of flourishing that God intends for all creation.



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Scot McKnight

McKnight argues that our churches need to be communities where we are learning to be together and to collaborate with those who differ from us. This vision is much needed in the deeply divided America that has given rise to the presidency of Donald Trump.



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Adam McHugh

At the heart of moving toward a deeper Christian faithfulness in the age of Trump is the practice of learning to listen, and especially to those with whom we disagree. Adam McHugh’s work here will guide us into the countercultural practice of listening.



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John Pattison / C. Christopher Smith

This book is not officially part of this list because it is one I co-wrote, but I think that its call to be communities of God’s transformation in our particular places (versus trying to influence the politics of the nation) is as timely now as it ever was.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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