Rebecca’s Jólabókaflóð Wish List

What are you hoping Santa puts under the tree for you this year? Here are some books on my wish list. It’s long, because I am greedy about books.

Turning Points in Jewish History by Marc Rosenstein. Highly recommended for inclusion in church libraries, especially as it includes discussion questions.

Turning Points in Jewish History

Undomesticated Dissent: Democracy and the Public Virtue of Religious Nonconformity by Curtis W. Freeman, research professor of theology and director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke Divinity. I’m especially curious about the last chapter, “Postapocalyptic Dissent.”

Undomesticated Dissent

Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma by Shelly Rambo, associate professor of theology at Boston.

Resurrecting Wounds

Just Debt: Theology, Ethics, and Neoliberalism by Ilsup Ahn, the Carl I. Lindberg Professor of Philosophy at North Park  University and Carnegie Council Global Ethics Fellow.

Just Debt

From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage by Darel E. Paul, professor of political science at Williams College.

From Tolerance to Equality

Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Ed by George Yancey.

Compromising Scholarship


Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade by Carly A. Kocurek, which is about why video gaming is so gendered.

Coin-Operated Americans

Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right by Ronald Beiner

Dangerous Minds


Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country by Francesco Duinaa  study based on interviews conducted in bus stations, fast food restaurants, homeless shelters, Laundromats, public libraries, and senior citizen centers, that seeks to understand how poor people understand their country and their place in it.

Cover of Broke and Patriotic by Francesco Duina

Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It by Arthur Lupia

Cover for  Uninformed

Ballot Blocked: The Political Erosion of the Voting Rights Act by Jesse H. Rhodes

Cover of Ballot Blocked by Jesse H. Rhodes

Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States by Edward B. Foley

Cover for  Ballot Battles

The Prince of this World by Adam Kotsko. Here is the blurb from Stanford University Press’s catalogue: “In this striking reexamination, the devil emerges as a theological symbol who helps justify oppression at the hands of Christian rulers. And he evolves alongside the biblical God, who at first presents himself as the liberator of the oppressed bu ends up a cruel ruler. This is the story, then of how God becomes the devil–a devil who remains with us in our ostensibly secular age.”

Cover of The Prince of This World by Adam Kotsko

The Straight Line: How the Fringe Science of Ex-Gay Therapy Reoriented Sexuality by Tom Waidzunas

The Straight Line



A Political History of the Bible by Paul D. Hanson

A Political History of the Bible in America

Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism by David P. Gushee

Still Christian

Just Capitalism: A Christian Ethic of Economic Globalization by Brent Waters
Just Capitalism

The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence by Gary A. Haugen 


The Other Jesus: Rejecting a Religion of Fear for the God of Love by Greg Garrett

The Other Jesus

No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher J. Coucot

No Innocent Bystanders

Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation by Miroslav Volf

Exclusion & Embrace

I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity about the Bible by Elizabeth Caldwell

I Wonder

Never Enough Time: A Practical and Spiritual Guide by Donna Schaper

The Evangelicals You Don’t Know: Introducing the Next Generation of Christians by Tom Krattenmaker

The Lively Experiment: Religious Toleration in America from Roger Williams to the Present by Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda

The Founders and the Bible by Carl J. Richard

Herod the Great: Statesman, Visionary, Tyrant by Norman Gelb

Religious Activism in the Global Economy: Promoting, Reforming, or Resisting Neoliberal Globalization? edited by Sabine Dreher and Peter J. Smith

The Refugee Crisis and Religion: Secularism, Security and Hospitality in Questionedited by Luca Mavelli and Erin Wilson

Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents by Vincent Phillip Munoz

Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy by William V. D’Antonio, Steven A. Tuch, and Josiah R. Baker

Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence by Charles Selengut

A Journey to Waco: Autobiography of a  Branch Davidian by Clive Doyle, with Catherine Wessinger and Matthew D. Wittmer

Quivering Families: The Quiverfull Movement and Evangelical Theology of the Family by Emily Hunter McGowin

A House United: How the Church Can Save the World by Allen Hilton

A House United

Religion and the Politics in the United States by Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown

Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby by Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden

American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Gorski

American Misfits and the Making of Middle-Class Respectability by Robert Wuthnow

Terrorism in America, edited by Robin Marie Valeri and Kevin Borgeson

Terrorism in America: 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

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