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Perhaps you are wondering what you should read before becoming a student at Southwest. Or maybe members of the Class of 2020 have been your mentors or friends during your time here.
Every spring, on the shelf by the staircase, the Booher Library staff displays the book recommendations from our graduating class. This year, we are capturing their recommendations on this LibGuide. With thanks to the Class of 2020, the Booher Library staff presents their recommended reading list. - Alison Poage, Booher Library Director
Drew Brislin, MDiv '20
Outside Agitator : Jon Daniels and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by
Call Number: E185.98 .D3 E24 2000
Publication Date: 2000-10-23
Drew: I think Jonathan is a witness to us, especially those of us who are not persons of color, as to how we should advocate for justice for everyone. His story is not so much how he died but how he lived. His work in Selma and the Blackbelt Region of Alabama, my home, is a model for all of us.
Bryn Caddell, MDiv '20
Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey by
Publication Date: 2018-05-15
Bryn: I completed Education for Ministry the year before I started seminary, and this had been the New Testament textbook. It includes an overview of each book of the New Testament and is very readable. I found it a great resource for when I just needed a quick review, and as a bonus, it features beautiful art. I was glad to have this book on the shelf in my study carrel.
Laurent De Prins, MDiv '20
The Jesuit guide to (almost) everything : a spirituality for real life by
Call Number: BX2350.3 .M265 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
Laurent: If you are interested in a Jesuit outlook to daily life and decisions, this is the book for you. It is a good read and has practical advice for anyone’s spirituality. Learn more about every day discernment with this great read. You will also learn more about Jesuit spirituality.
Constance Fletcher, MDiv '20
Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna by
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Constance: In a time when the "Black" woman and "Black" girl are gasping for air in a racially-based and charged sea of forgetfulness mixed with a global social fabric of cultural appropriation, this book is one of many which can lead the way in breaking up the shaky and mostly fallow ground of enforcing AND maintaining 'justice for all' when it comes to the bodies, minds, souls and spirits of women of Black African ancestry.
Mother Worship : Theme and Variations by
Publication Date: 1982-01-01
Constance: This book is powerfully important as well, to add to just how challenging yet potentially reforming a topic the Black Madonna is.
They Were Her Property : White Women As Slave Owners in the American South by
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
Constance: This book is powerfully important as well, to round out just how complex the Black and White women's relationship is, and provide insight into how much work some disciples and ministers of Christ are facing as agents of change for true racial harmony between the two groups in their congregations and communities.
Laura Masterson, MDiv '20
For the Life of the World by
Call Number: BX350 .S36 1973b
Publication Date: 1973-01-01
Laura: This is a book that reshaped how I think of worship. It busted it open. It released the realm of angels, the saints, the mystery! Every seminary student needs to sit with Schmeeman's teachings, to lean into the vastness of God's realm, and the closeness of God in the gathering. You'll need it for Liturgy I anyway, so grab it and get a head start. Mind blown.
Lizzie McManus, MDiv ' 20
Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline by
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
Lizzie says: This concise, readable volume covers what Christians might learn from Orthodox Judaism from someone who converted. Much of your work in seminary and in ministry is in interfaith connection, undoing Anti-Judaism, and connecting with the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. This book is a gentle introduction into thinking through these concepts in an accessible, applicable manner.
Lucy Strandlund, MDiv '20
Learning to Walk in the Dark by
Publication Date: 2014-04-08
Lucy says: Seminary is a time of incredible learning, growth, and community; it can also be a time of upheaval, change, and challenge. A thing that happens in times like these is we find that some of the things that used to anchor our faith or define who we are no longer do so. This can be unsettling, but when you realize you don't need those things any more and that your faith and sense of self are taking a different shape, then deep growth can happen. This book reminds us that times of uncertainty or challenge can be the times of the most profound growth, and it has helped me find the holy in times of questioning and uncertainty.
Christina Wisdom, MSF '20
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by
Call Number: BX5995 .T26 A3 2009
Publication Date: 2009-02-10
Christina: It is such a good reminder that while the theology we are learning in seminary is important and beautiful and sacred, God is with us everywhere, if only we will pay attention.