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Jen is joined by writers Alex Joyner and Karen Stiller to discuss reading in the life of ministry. They talk about how reading has shaped them as ministers, as well as the people they’ve led. They also talk about the perils of recommending books, and Karen coins the term “book bully.” Fans of Annie Dillard will particularly appreciate this thoughtful episode.
- The Minister’s Wife: A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness and More by Karen Stiller
- Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters by Annie Dillard
- Take and Read: Spiritual Reading – An Annotated List by Eugene Peterson
- Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr
- Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
- Listening for God, Volume 1: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith
- Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
- Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good by Steven Garber
- The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior by Steven Garber
- Sensible Shoes: A Story About the Spiritual Journey by Sharon Garlough Brown
- Can You See Anything Now?: A Novel by Katherine James
- A Prayer for Orion: A Son’s Addiction and a Mother’s Love by Katherine James
- Telling Secrets by Frederick Buechner
- Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
- The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New by Annie Dillard
- The Liar’s Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
- The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ by Fleming Rutledge
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