Seminary Books of the Semester

By bringing students, faculty, staff, and the wider community together around excellent books by thoughtful authors, the Calvin Seminary book of the semester program promotes conversation, community, and learning centered on key issues facing the church today.

These are the books we have read as a seminary community since 2001:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus
M. Craig Barnes Searching for Home: Spirituality for Restless Souls
Dorothy C. Bass Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time
Jimmy Breslin The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez
Geraldine Brooks March: A Novel
Frederick Buechner Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who
Frederick Buechner Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale
Elias Chacour Blood Brothers
Tanner Colby Some of My Best Friends Are Black
Katheleen J. DeBoer Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently
Shusako Endo Silence
Ron Hansen Mariette in Ecstasy
Kent Haruf Plainsong
Chip and Dan Heath Made to Stick
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Infidel
S. Levitt & S.Dubner Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
R. Hall, D. Moore, L. Vincent Same Kind of Different As Me
Lois Lowry The Giver
Richard Lischer Open Secrets: A Memoir of Faith and Discovery
T. Long & T. Lynch The Good Funeral
Thomas Lynch The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Sonia Nazario Enrique’s Journey
Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia & Jacob Have I Loved
Alan Paton Cry, The Beloved Country
Marilynne Robinson Gilead: A Novel
Richard Rodriguez Hunger of Memory
Gary Schmidt Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2007) & Okay for Now (2013)
James K.A. Smith Letters To A Young Calvinist
Elizabeth Strout Abide With Me (2008) & Olive Kitteridge (2011)
Barbara Brown Taylor Speaking of Sin
John Timmer God of Weakness: How God Works Through the Weak Things of the World
Krista Tippett Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
Desmond Tutu No Future Without Forgiveness
Walter Wangerin Letters from the Land of Cancer
Lauren F. Winner God Meets Girl: A Memoir