The Phoenix Preacher Nightstand

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  1. Michael says:

    All of these are also available in regular book and Kindle formats…

  2. Dan from Georgia says:

    I’ll look into some of these. What you said about a week ago about how people nowadays don’t read has stuck in my head.

  3. Michael says:


    I’ve been a rabid reader since childhood…and for me, it’s how I learn.
    I hope there is something of value for you in the list.

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    On the nightstand –

    Just finished “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink” – Elvis Costello’s memoir… needless to say, a fabulous writer.
    Just started “This Is A Call – The Life and Times of Dave Grohl” by Paul Brannigan
    Audio book in the car – “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak – dark and fascinating.
    At the office – “The Gospel According to St. John” by C.K. Barrett – simply the best.

  5. Michael says:

    Thanks, Duane…a fellow lover of biography, I see…

  6. Xenia says:

    On my nightstand (it’s painful…..)

    Malory, Complete Works (for a class)
    Tennyson, Idylls of the King (for the same class)
    Tolkien, The Silmarillion (for a different class)
    Christopher Tolkien, The Treason of Isengard (same as above)

    On Sundays I read murder mysteries on my Kindle.

  7. Michael says:


    That’s intense. 🙂

  8. Xenia says:

    Michael, it’s the genera I love.

  9. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I have no books on the nightstand. I keep a couple in each bathroom. I am on a serious book hiatus. I just finished Jim Brosnan’s The Long Season – his 1961 publication, journaling of his 1959 baseball season. Ball Four 11 yrs before Ball Four.

    Now I have begun Joe Garagiola’s 1960 Baseball is Funny Game. Both books I read in Jr High.

    Next will be Casey Stengal’s 1962 Can’t Anybody Here Play this Game to be followed by It Pay’s to Steal by Maury Wills.
    Heady stuff.

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    I don’t have a book on my nightstand, but I do have quite a lot of books in my bookcases. Sad to say I don’t read much, but your books on racism in America intrigue me. Most of my books are music and visual arts-related. And I have enough (technical) science/math books to be embarrassing.

    Michael, I need to do this…I now commit to reading one of your recommended books on race and racism in America.

  11. Descended says:

    “What’s on your nightstand?

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
    “Becoming Human”

  12. Dan from Georgia says:

    Ok, some (i.e. everyone) would say having ANY science/math books would be embarrassing…

  13. Michael says:


    I’m reading those because I live in a place where there is little racial diversity, thus, little overt racism.

    I want to understand this issue and for me, reading is the only way to do so.

    I commend you for joining me…

  14. Descended says:

    Screwtape Letters is on the back of the toilet…

  15. JoelG says:

    “Before the Frost” by Henning Mankell.

    Because non-fiction is too depressing.

  16. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks Michael. I grew up with one black family in the area, and I feared them. I went to college and did not have good relationships with some of the black men there.

  17. Michael says:


    It shouldn’t be embarrassing at all…it shows you’re smart.
    I left my comic books off the list…

  18. Michael says:


    The Ty Cobb biography that came out a couple years ago is pretty good…finished it a few weeks ago.

  19. Jean says:

    I just finished reading:

    “The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law and Gospel”

    A collection of essays, this book discusses Luther’s hermeneutic for reading Scripture, and applies it to contemporary issues facing the church as well as pastoral care, preaching and worship.

    Properly distinguishing Law and Gospel is for a Lutheran a great (perhaps highest) responsibility of a preacher or teacher of Scripture.

  20. Michael says:


    I heard that book referenced on a podcast…put it on my list.

  21. Jean says:

    It’s simply amazing, but I am careful about recommending it because the reader needs at least an elementary background in the proper distinction.

    Do you happen to know if the Law/Gospel hermeneutic resonates in the evangelical faiths?

  22. Michael says:

    It is part of Reformed teaching, but modified from the Lutheran model.

  23. Right now my nightstand has two books on it:

    Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton
    David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones

  24. John 20:29 says:

    I grew up with books (I learned to read, phonetically deciphering the comic strips in the evening paper) … as a child there was always a book on my nightstand – no TV to distract… I still have an elegant leather bound set called “Journeys Through Bookland” having found no grandchild worthy of them… they all have personalized bookplates that declare, “I enjoy sharing my books as I do my friends, asking only that you treat them well and see them safely home” (guess I lied) – I went from Mother Goose (yes, I can quote quite a few), to Lambs “Shakespear” and then I discovered the ” Nancy Drew mysteries” and it was all downhill from there… ?
    Reading continued to be a habit all thru my adult years: “Out of Africa,” ” Apes Angels and Victorians, ” “The Greek Way,” ” The Plague” …… on so on for several shelves (anybody want them when I die?)
    I have some Phillips and Barnhhouse and Weust, etc. but most of my adult years were spent (most of my adult years are spent period) reading the better known randomly across the spectrum secular authors as I raised my children (yes, Dr. Spock was on the bookshelf)
    Now and for the last 10 years, I only read as needed for reference… all this to say that I hope everyone here is reading now as I understand it’s fairly common to lose that appetite after a certain age…
    Just saying. … again

  25. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    something of a grab bag on my end
    Truth and Method, Hans-Georg Gadamer
    Kyle Gann’s monograph on Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata
    Aesthetic Theory by Theodor Adorno (you basically can’t read any arts criticism these days without having some familiarity with the Frankfurt school whether you agree with them or not)

    and also Leviticus.

  26. pstrmike says:

    My current reading schedule is rather intense, but I’m also in school.

    I just finished:

    The Divine Conspiracy Dallas Willard

    Living Into Community, Christine D. Pohl

    To Change the World. The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World , James Davison Hunter

    and for auxiliary reading:

    God and Evil, Nietzsche

    An Anthropology of Christian Mysticism, Harvey D. Egan

    Money, Sex and Power, The Challenge of the Disciplined Life, Richard Foster

    A Guidebook to Prayer, MaryKate Morse

    Introducing Sartre, Philip Thody and Howard Read

    A Grace Disguised, Jerry Sittser

  27. bob1 says:

    Thanks for sharing, Michael.


    Strangers in a Strange Land: Living as a Catholic in a Post-Christian World, by Charles Chaput (Archbishop of Philadelphia)

    Why? Explaining the Holocaust, by Peter Hayes

    Death on the Cheap: The Lost B Movies of Film Noir by Arthur Lyons

    Here Comes Charlie Brown! by Schulz — ’cause not everything we read has to be so damn serious!

  28. Josh the Baptist says:

    “Do you happen to know if the Law/Gospel hermeneutic resonates in the evangelical faiths?”

    Jean, as a more run-of-the-mill type evangelical seminarian, I would say there is very little knowledge of the Law/Gospel distinction. It’s not really taught at all. Which is a shame, because it is a helpful framework.

  29. Muff Potter says:

    All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr

  30. Bob Sweat says:


    Good to see some Quaker influence!

  31. Descended says:


    Leviticus is an enlightening read. I remember being told it was more or less a waste of time during the whole Calvary debacle which has turned into a nothing.

  32. Descended says:

    This may show my relative youth amongst those here, but I did not know Leonard Cohen was such an accomplished poet. Music, sure.

    Is anyone familiar enough to suggest one of his collections as a start?

  33. Duane Arnold says:

    #32 Descended

    You might try “Selected Poems 1956 – 1968.”

  34. Descended says:

    Thx Duane!

  35. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    Descended, ditto what Duane wrote.

    I offset the heavy reading by watching Adam West Batman or Batman: the Brave and the Bold, or Samurai Jack.

  36. David H says:

    It by Stephen King
    When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall
    Music Theory for Dummies
    Guitar Theory for Dummies

  37. Dan from Georgia says:

    bob1 said (comment 27):

    “Here Comes Charlie Brown! by Schulz — ’cause not everything we read has to be so damn serious!”


  38. Dan from Georgia says:

    Re: my comment 37:

    less serious readings I’ve done in the past:

    – The Gospel According to the Simpsons”
    – The Physics of Star Trek”
    – Most of my purchases in the Christian Living section of local Christian bookstore

  39. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    – ” Rebel Yell, the Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by SC Guinn
    – “The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit” by R.A. Torrey
    – “I Am Brian Wilson, a memoir”

  40. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I don’t know. We don’t hear from Jeff in ages and then OJ gets out of prison… Just saying.

  41. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    I’ m honoring a promise I made to God during Yom Kippur service this year to insure I would be found to be written in the Lamb’s Book Of Life…another book Michael should read this month.

  42. John 20:29 says:

    hmmm… the Lamb’s Book of Life – where do we get a copy of it?

  43. Duane Arnold says:

    I think reading that one might be above our pay grade….

  44. JD says:

    One of several titles by Lutheran author Warren Sherwood Bennett.

  45. Josh The Baptist says:

    I’m not having as fun a semester as pstrmike. I’m just reading a bunch of technical books on the Hebrew language, commentaries that deal with syntactical issues, and that sort of REALLY boring thing.

  46. filbertz says:

    only thing on my nightstand is a bottle of tums and an alarm clock.

    books close at hand:
    Helen Keller’s “The Story of My Life”
    David Benioff’s “City of Thieves” (still on my ‘read yearly’ list)
    Wendell Berry’s “A Small Porch”
    Richard Rohr “The Divine Dance”
    Brene’ Brown, “Braving the Wilderness”

  47. filbertz says:

    I also keep “Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” and “Farts Around the World” handy for my grandson, an avid reader-to-be.

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