I haven’t posted any reviews of books in too long and I have been told that the short reviews I posted were helpful so I will get back to posting a few lines about the books I read each month.

Here are the books I read in July. I was on holidays so I didn’t read much theology.

The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are – Jenell Paris Williams

This is a very provocative book where Williams, who is a Christian professor of Sociology, argues that sexual identity is a very recent phenomenon and is one that is very western. She explores what would it be like to minister to people with differing sexual experiences and talk about sex, sexuality and sin without being trapped into our current sexual identity categories. A very thought provoking read!

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel Pink

This book talks about how the system of rewards and punishments used in motivating people is breaking down and explores why this is. Pink argues that people need autonomy, mastery of their work and to purposeful work to be not only motivated but feel like they are making a difference. This is a thought provoking book to read for pastors and any other church leaders.

1984 – George Orwell

This is the first fiction book I have read in years. I have been challenged of late to start to read some more fiction and I will probably blog about that at a later date. 1984 is a dystopian fantasy that follows a protagonist Winston Smith as he deals with a world where Big Brother rules supreme. In this world things like speaking against Big Brother, thinking the wrong things or having sex can all get you killed. While rewriting history and thought control via mass communication is commonplace. This book shows us what happens when an ideology becomes dominant and oppresses anything that is against it.

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever – Jack Macullum

I am a basketball nut and this book was amazing to read. Not only is it brilliantly written but you get a good grasp of what happened behind the scenes to allow professional American basketball players to play at the Olympics but you get to read of the drama, politics and issues surrounding team selection as well as the story of each game they played. You also read about what each Dream Teamer is doing now. It was interesting that the Dream Teamer that is seen in the best light is David Robinson, a Christian man who is using his wealth and fame to help under privileged kids get an education. A great read for an basketball nuts like me!

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