Rising out of hatred: The awakening of a former white nationalist by Eli Saslow
To reign in hell: The exile of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox
Star Trek: The next generation #1: Ghost ship by Diane Carey
Onlogiese liefde [An Afrikaans title; translation: Illogical love] by Dina Joubert
Star Trek: The aliens are coming – An untold story from The Eugenics Wars! by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Destiny #1 – Gods of night by David Mack
Star Trek: Destiny #2 – Mere mortals by David Mack
I realise how little I have read thus far. Also, I realise how much I read Star Trek. In I am going to try and read more books of other genres in the new year.
I should also mention that I do read the Bible. I don’t really want to add the books of the Bible to this list. It feels to me that it will lengthen this list artificially. I read the Bible for two reasons: (1) For personal growth in my relationship with God, and (2) for sermon preparations and studies.
At the beginning of this year (2018), I compiled a list of books I want to read throughout the year (and in 2019 and beyond).
I recently handed in my mini-dissertation, and it was approved to be sent to the external examiner. Thus, as far as my hopes go, I am finished with my studies. For now at least. And that gives me more time to read.
This list is long. This is because I really want to try and make a type of short-list of books I want to read over the next 12-36 months. There might be books that get onto the list and becomes a bigger priority to read that the titles that are currently on the list. I will update this list regularly. I will also update the list of books that I read regularly, as I finish some of the books. I will try to keep that list current by year. I will also try to keep this specific list to 45-50 titles.
I will post the books I have read in 2018 soon (maybe even later today).
A. Churchlife and Christianity
Everything must change by Brian D. McLaren
Celebration of discipline by Richard Foster
The Barbarian Way by Erwin Raphael McManus
Jim & Casper go to church by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper
Where is God when it hurts? by Philip Yancey
Soul survivor by Philip Yancey
Deep & wide by Andy Stanley
Life changing relationships by James T. Meeks
Die dinamika van ‘n Christelike geloofsgemeenskap by Coenie Burger [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “The dinamics of a Christian (religious) community”]
Jesus, save me from your followers by Dave Gilpin
Ek behoort aan die kerk by Thom S. Rainer [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “I belong to the church”]
Speaking Christian by Marcus J. Borg
Faith to faith by Dan Scott
Verstaan die gawes van die Gees by Henry & Mel Blackaby [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Understand the gifts of the Spirit”]
Adventures in saying yes by Carl Medearis
Love wins by Rob Bell
The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
Doktor Andries Gous praat met die jeug by Andries Gous [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Doctor Andries Gous speaking to the youth”]
B. Youth ministry
Purpose Driven youth ministry by Doug Fields
Prayer partners by Elmer L. Towns
Prayer by Philip Yancey
Knowing God through fasting by Elmer L. Towns
D. Star Trek
Star Trek: The next generation – Ghost ship by Diane Carey
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The siege by Peter David
Star Trek: Voyager – The escape by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Star Trek: New Frontier – Into the void by Peter David
Star Trek: The Eugenics Wars, Volume 2 – The rise and fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2 by Greg Cox
Star Trek: The original series – Bantam Books Episode adaptations: Star Trek 2 – Space seed by Carey Wilber
Star Trek: The original series – To reign in hell: The exile of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox
Star Trek: Movies – The wrath of Khan by Vonda N. McIntyre
Star Trek: The Original Series – Assignment: Eternity by Greg Cox
Star Trek: The aliens are coming! by Dayton Ward
Star Trek: Destiny – Gods of night by David Mack
E. Biographies and autobiographies
Captain in the cauldron by John Smit
Not without honour: Tribute to Beyers Naudé by Peter Randall
I write what I like by Steve Biko
Conversations with my sons and daughters by Mamphela Ramphele
‘ … and nothing but the truth’? by Deon Gouws
Politically incorrect by Peter de Villiers
7 men by Eric Metaxas
Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
The President’s Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison by Jacques Pauw
My mother. Barack Obama. Donald Trump. And the angry white man by Kevin Powell
Jake’s choice by Jim & Rachel Britts
Personality type and religious leadership by Roy M. Oswald & Otto Kroeger
In die donker put by Johan Smith [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “In the dark pit”]
Deperessie – simptome, oorsake en genesing by Frank Minirth & Paul Meier [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Depression – simptoms, causes and healing”]
Healing for damaged emotions by David A. Seamands
The Detox Manual by Suzannah Olivier
Eat right for your type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo
How not to get shot. And other advice from white people by D.L. Hughley
Rising out of hatred: The awakening of a former white Nationalist by Eli Saslow
Afrikanerskap in Bybelse lig by Prof J.L. Helberg [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be something like “Being an Afrikaner in light of the Bible”]
Geestelike weerbaarheid teen ideologiese terrorisme by S.G. Roos [This is an Afrikaans book; in English, the title would be “Spiritual defensibility/resiliency against ideological terrorism”]
This morning I was reminded again of how much I hate this statement.
The person who said this, is white.
This person is also Afrikaans.
With this in mind, how would you understand a statement like, “It goes against my being not to help my nation.” I guess that alone can be okay. I’m a South African. My “nation” is South Africans.
But when the statement “I’m not a racist, but…” preceded that statement, it can only be understood in one way, right? Or am I being childish and overly touchy in this regard?
I felt frustrated when I heard the statement. I immediately wished I wasn’t desperate for a quick lift. I wanted to stop the person and ask her to let me out at the next stop street. Maybe I should have done that. But I didn’t. So I kept quiet. And I promised myself that I would write about it on my blogs. (It was said in Afrikaans, so naturally I will also blog this on my Afrikaans blog…)
So there it is. Need I say more?
I hate that statement!!
And can I also add one other thing? Whenever I hear that kind of sentence, I find it hard to hate the sin and not also feel some kind of hatred toward the sinner… (There are people who say “Hate the sin, but not the sinner.”)
When something similar happened a few months ago, which caught some news, I phoned into Radio702. I spoke to Aubrey Masango, and told him how frustrated I get when a white Afrikaans person says something like this. He tried to convince me not to let it upset me. He found that he prefer people to speak frankly, rather than to hide their true feelings. I find it difficult not to get upset. My idea is this: how can I remain calm when a white Afrikaans person say something like this? At the core of that person is racism. I am white and Afrikaans. What are at my core? I think that is why I find that statement so repulsive. Maybe I am to hard on myself…
I told my story of this morning to one of the black ladies I know. She told me not to let this upset my whole day. I will try…