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The Bookshelf: The Power of Story

The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations

by Jacqueline J. Lewis

There is no doubt we all have a unique story to tell, and our stories are powerful to one another. They are interwoven with God’s story for humanity. This book will challenge all leaders to consider their own story but also the story of those that they lead.

— Dr. Dawn Morton, Associate Dean for Institutional Assessment; Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership

 

The art of biblical narrative

by Robert Alter

Robert Alter gives a classic and engaging description of the techniques biblical Hebrew narrative uses to tell its tales.

— Dr. Dan Hawk, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

 

Biography as Theology: How Life Stories Can Remake Today’s Theology

by James Wm. McClendon, Jr.

Throughout our lives, we are searching for an “ethics of character”. McClendon illustrates this theme through four 20th-century personalities: Dag Hammarskjold, Martin Luther King, Jr., Clarence Jordan, and Charles Ives. In examining the God-drenched lives of others, we may develop deeper understandings of our own selves, the God-story by which we live and make our choices.

— Rev. Thomas A. Snyder, Director, M.Div. Cohort Program

 

Biography as Theology: How Life Stories Can Remake Today’s Theology

by Robert Alter

Goldingay, a prominent biblical theologian, gives a rich and detailed exposition of Israel’s story.

— Dr. Dan Hawk, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

 

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

by Mary C. Neal, M.D.

In 1999, Dr. Mary Neal, orthopaedic surgeon, drowned in Chile and died. The book is a remarkable true story of her spiritual journey of dying and going to heaven and coming back. Her captivating story of this modern-day miracle of heaven enriches our faith in Christ and our walk with God.

— Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson, Professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation

 

Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation

by Richard Foster

In this book, Foster invites readers to be shaped by the transformative vision of the biblical story.

— Dr. Dan Hawk, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

 

Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

by Frederick Buechner

Frederick Buechner has been an influential spiritual writer since 1960. His theological works, novels, poetry, essays, and memoirs all exhibit a Renaissance mind, spiritual depth, and a richness of language that make his works readable and memorable. My favorite (and I have read most of his works – who doesn’t have a favorite author?!) is this book about preaching. It has influenced my approach to that unique practice of ministry since my early years in the pulpit and I return to it repeatedly.

— Rev. Thomas A. Snyder, Director, M.Div. Cohort Program

 

Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today

by N. T. Wright

Wright, one of the foremost New Testament scholars, gives a succinct and thoughtful explanation of the narrative character of the Bible.

— Dr. Dan Hawk, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

 

Welcome to The Story: Reading, Loving, & Living God’s Story

by Stephen J. Nichols

— Dr. Lee Solomon, Vice President of Institutional Advancement

 

 


About the Author
  Dawn Dever

Dawn Dever served ATS for 16 years in several capacities, including Editor of the table magazine. She has since moved on to new adventures in Nashville, TN.