Monday, June 30, 2008

Top 10 Books

I was asked by a friend and youth pastor to create a list of my top 10 books... This list could have gone in many directions! Most of us chose to focus on books that impacted our spiritual lives and ministries. I also chose books that weren't reflected in many of the other lists. So, here is mine. You can see that my current studies were very influential!

1. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
2. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Emerson and Smith
3. The Church and the Second Sex by Mary Daly
4. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henry Nouwen
5. Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz
6. She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth Johnson
7. Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology by Jung Young Lee
8. Writing a Woman's Life by Carolyn Heilbrun
9. White Women's Christ and Black Women's Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response by Jacquelyn Grant
10. Teaching to Transgress: Education a the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Photos Along the Trail

I promised a few more photos after my weekend in Rainy Lake. It gave me an opportunity to wander along a little trail in the Boundary Waters. There is a small park and boat launch on Rainy Lake on the Western Edge of the waters. It was just me and my camera… and a little rain… and a few other shutterbugs. It was fun to see a small group of friends each armed with cameras trying to take creative shots along the trail. I was jealous of their cameras! I just have a little point and shoot digital camera. I love the freedom of digital. Take as many pictures as you want. It has freed me up to practice more. To make mistakes. To try things that seem a bit ridiculous. For someone who has struggled with trying not to make mistakes all her life… in words, deeds, thoughts, feelings… it has been freeing to try to learn by trial and error. I have a ways to go. When I go out to take pictures with my friend Cathy she takes at least 3 times as many photos as I do! But she has always been a bit more expressive than I have! So, here are some of my favorite shots from the Boundary Water trail.