Ryan Hennesy's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Ryan Hennesy's Bookshelf
Ryan Hennesy's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Ryan Hennesy

Director of Communications

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
WHY I LIKE IT
Acclaimed writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates (MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Non-fiction for "Between the World and Me" was tagged by Marvel to revive the story of T'Challa, king of the fictional African country of Wakanda. Coates has breathed fresh life into the character while simultaneously utilizing the comic book format to speak to issues of race in interesting new ways. If you like superheroes, Black Panther is a must-read.
Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop
Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop
by Nykolai Aleksander,Richard Tilbury
WHY I LIKE IT
This book has helped me discover new and important uses for tools in Photoshop that have improved my design skills and workflow. Plus, there's some really fantastic art in here!
Player's Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)
Player's Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons)
by Wizards RPG Team
WHY I LIKE IT
The Player's Handbook for the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, a tabletop roleplaying game, is the only book you need to start playing D&D. I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons for almost two years, and it's been a fantastic format for collaborative storytelling, improvisation, and creative outlet. If you're interested in learning more about D&D or want to play, even for the first time, let me know! I'll be glad to help!
Cat Stevens: Greatest Hits
Cat Stevens: Greatest Hits
by Cat Stevens
WHY I LIKE IT
Cat Stevens reminds us that we can be good to each other. Everyone jump on the peace train.
Ready Player One: A Novel
Ready Player One: A Novel
by Ernest Cline
WHY I LIKE IT
A New York Times bestseller, [i]Ready Player One[/i] follows Wade Watts as he attempts to solve hidden puzzles in the virtual utopia known as OASIS. When he discovers the first clue to a series of puzzles that promise the solver untold riches, he is set upon by players willing to kill to take his ultimate prize. The action is thrilling, and the story and setting provide interesting and insightful commentary on our current world of pop culture and internet obsession. Check it out!

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
On Stories (Thinking in Action)
On Stories (Thinking in Action)
by Richard Kearney
WHY I LIKE IT
Catholic philosopher Richard Kearney helped me to understand how stories are more fundamental to being human than food or water or air. Lot's of creatures do those things, but sharing stories is distinctly human; maybe, just maybe, the act of giving and receiving stories is a core component of what theologians call the [i]imago dei[/i], the image of God, that humans bear. You'll come away from this book with a renewed appreciation for what stories mean, and why telling good stories (and listening to them) is of critical importance.
The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
WHY I LIKE IT
Michelle Alexander delves into the history of race and the United States' prison-industrial complex. This book is absolutely necessary for anyone who cares to understand the current climate of black people in the U.S. today.

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God
Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God
 
WHY I LIKE IT
I used this book extensively in my Master's thesis on the subject of using video games as a tool for understanding our relationship with God. The collection of essays provides a wide range of insights into how we might look at video games anew, not just as time-sucks, but as vital tools of storytelling, self-exploration, and theological discussion.
Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors
Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors
by Jonathan Malm
WHY I LIKE IT
Jonathan Malm helps church leaders and parishioners alike understand simple mistakes that many churches make when approaching and communication with first-time guests. If you read this book, I guarantee that you will discover at least one practical way that you can become more welcoming to people who are in the process of discovering your church.