Growing In Christ: Resources to Enrich Your Christian Life
Baptized We Live - Daniel Erlander
Easy to read and understand, with great illustrations; curriculum in one thin book for understanding the Lutheran way of life. (MLC has a few if you're interested. It can also be ordered from Augsburg Fortress; they also have other Erlander publications for children, youth, and adults.)
Lutheran Study Bible, Augsburg Fortress
An essential tool as you study the Bible; contains backgrounds on the books of the Bible, study notes, commentary, etc. (There are a lot of Bibles out there describing themselves as study Bibles, such as those of Joyce Mayer and Joel Osteen; they are not based on sound Biblical scholarship.)
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again - Rachel Held Evans
The late Ms. Held Evans, herself a lay person, gets into the Bible from a scholarly perspective and makes it accessible to other lay people.
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U. S. - Lenny Duncan
Rev. Duncan rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.
It is time for the church to rise up, dust itself off, and take on forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic injustice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.
Dear Church also features a discussion guide at the back--perfect for church groups, book clubs, and other group discussion.
The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential - N. T. Wright
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Bible - Kenneth E. Bailey
Dr. Bailey discusses well known passages and parables of Jesus and explains them from a Middle Eastern perspective. An eye-opening book!
Strength to Love - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates, and Allies, Augsburg Fortress - Contributors: Marques Armstrong, Sharon Betcher, Bethany Bradley, DeWayne Davis, Christopher Zumski Finke, Sonja Hagander, Jaylani Hussein, Jim Bear Jacobs, Nekima Levy-Pounds, Dee McIntosh, Kellie Rock, Javen Swanson
With Courage and Compassion: Women and the Ecumenical Movement - Aruna Gnanadason