|In the Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and the American Civil War||
A very different world. A Christian man in war, academia, and government. JLC's unit played a crucial role on the south flank at Gettysburg. Real people.
|The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness||
Heard Michelle Alexander speak last year. Awesome. A very thorough examination of what-in-the-world are we
DOING in this area? Influential book.
|A Fighting Chance||
Another book by an influential woman who really knows her stuff. And she's on our side! Easy to follow too, though it gets into complex shenanigans on high.
|Gilead: A Novel||
My annual novel :) Serious, gentle, ironic, intelligent, funny. A life-loving pastor, served in Iowa for decades. It will bring some tears
|In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez||
If you love theology as learning to know God (as against learning the history of religious arguments) - this one is the real thing. And readable.