Presby Book Network

Reading suggestions for the 2016-2017 season

Starting with the K-State Book of the year, join us on a journey towards becoming a “church on the same page”!

Fall Suggestions

spare-parts-cover-315x472Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream (2014)
by Davis, Joshua

Spare Parts is the fantastic story of four Mexican-American teenagers struggling to find their place. An unlikely robotics competition becomes the focus of the narrative, but the story covers a lot of ground. By describing how these teens came together, author Joshua Davis gives us a succinct history of immigration and a micro-lesson in Arizona politics. It all leads to the a scene in a pool in Santa Barbara, CA—with each team member realizing how they fit on the team, and in their adopted homeland.

41+b71e-q1L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture Paperback (2016)
by Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, John McKnight

The consumer culture holds the belief that no amount is enough. The free market ideology produces economic crises, violence, and an exhausted planet. An Other Kingdom provides a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking, to take us out of a culture of addictive consumption into a place where contract is replaced by covenant, consumption is replaced by neighborliness, and time is reclaimed as our own. This is a modern exodus towards a connected community, built on an alternative set of beliefs, liturgy, and disciplines. The shift has begun and out of it we find a better way to raise our children, be healthy, be safe, and be kinder to the earth.

The Night Trilogy: Night (1958), Dawn(1960), Day(1961)
by Elie Wiesel

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel’s trilogy offers insights on mankind’s attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

Winter Suggestions

Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics
Christine Valters Paintner

Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis

Spring and Summer Suggestions

Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Marsh, Charles

and/or

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Eric Metaxas