Becca Stevens's favorite books for ministry

Fall books

What are the best books for ministry written in the 21st century? We asked seven pastors to pick their favorites. — Ed.


Ethics for the New Millennium, by the Dalai Lama

St. Augustine told Christian pastors that their most eloquent instruction would lie not in their words but in their lives. The Dalai Lama's new book is an example of that principle still at work. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, offers his wisdom for handling the problems of life, ranging from personal discontent to global conflicts.


Christology ‘from below’

Jesus: Symbol of God, by Roger Haight, S.J.


Going Home, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Since the Vietnam War era, Thich Nhat Hanh has been known to North Americans as an activist for peace and justice and an interpreter of Vietnamese Buddhism and culture. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Merton were his friends.


Buddhism in America, by Richard Hughes Seager

Buddhism has entered North America in ways that are transforming both the Buddhist tradition and North American culture. Images of Buddhism have inundated advertising, sports, movies and politics. The Nobel Prize laureate Dalai Lama has become one of the icons of the age. Metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York have significant Buddhist populations.