Nathan Kirkpatrick: What I'm Reading
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States is one of a five-part series in which voices that have historically been unheard or under-heard tell the story of the United States. It is a fascinating project and a great collection of resources for all seekers of a more just account of our nation's past. Other titles in the series include A Queer History of the United States, A Disability History of the United States, An African American and Latinx History of the United States, and A Black Woman's History of the United States.
I have been of fan of Margaret Wheatley's work ever since reading Leadership and the New Science. I have appreciated the way that she has resisted using industrial metaphors for leadership, favoring instead natural metaphors and images. In her 2017 Who Do We Choose to Be?, we find Wheatley at her courageous best challenging us to -- as the subtitle proclaims -- face reality, claim leadership, and restore sanity. This is a book I have turned back to often across the last three years. It's worth reading and rereading often.
I have just started reading the former Archbishop of Canterbury's Luminaries: Twenty Lives that Illuminate the Christian Way. In the way that you would expect with Lord Williams, what I have found so far is that this book is part biography, part devotional, part theological exploration of Christian history. It seems to be a quick but meaningful read.