My Current Reading List

From time to time, people ask me what I am reading. Almost always, I have a number of books I am reading at the same time.

In the field of leadership, there are two books I am currently working through. Both are quite academic and both are historical studies of political leadership. I am not sure I would recommend them to most readers of this blogsite, unless you have a real interest in history, politics and great (and not so great) political leadership.

In the field of spirituality, right now I am doing a lot of reading of the ancient monastics. I have spent years studying the Jesuits (and continue to study them). But in the last two years I have also been reading widely of some of the best literature of the monastic orders. Right now I am reading through a compilation of the sayings of the Desert Fathers. I am reading the two (long and detailed) classics by John Cassian who introduced the way of eastern monasticism to the west. And I am reading about the Rule of St. Basil (not Benedict). Again, I am not recomending any of these books as worth your time. They are too specialized. But I enjoy reading these and then finding ways to be an interpreter and contextualizer of their best ideas and practices for those intereted in the history of Christian spirituality.

When it comes to theology, I am not doing a lot of reading in that. I usually do one book at a time. Currently I am reading on John Calvin. I am reading Life in God at the moment. As soon as that is done I will read Calvin's Ladder. Then, waiting in the wings is a book I have had for some time, but just couldnt' get to it, and that is on Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes.

Finally, in terms of arts, I am working through a book of George Herbert's poetry. And then, I have a huge treat waiting for me. I am looking to find about 6 hours to sit down and work through the massive and beautiful work of art and history - Monasteries and Monastic Orders: 2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture.

So that's my current or almost upon me reading. Part of my vocation is that of a learner and interpreter who then makes accessible to others these best ideas in practical and useful ways. I love reading. Learning, Intellection and Ideation are three of my strengths in the StrengthsFinder test. So that lends itself to what I do in creating resources for others to use.

So - what are you reading?
What are you learning about these days?
How are you integrating it into your life, ministry and leadership?
Blessings to you all.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International