Bethany Jenkins's Bookshelf

Books . Movies . Music . More
Bethany Jenkins's Bookshelf
Bethany Jenkins's Bookshelf
Books . Movies . Music . More

Bethany Jenkins

Director of Every Square Inch

My Current Favorites

Five books, movies, or songs influencing me now
Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis
Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis
by George Sayer
WHY I LIKE IT
Summer 2016 Read. As a lifelong admirer of Lewis's work, I wanted to get to know the man behind the words. This is a lovely account from a personal friend of the author.
Sonship Manual: 3rd Edition
Sonship Manual: 3rd Edition
by World Harvest Mission
WHY I LIKE IT
Summer/Fall 2016 Read. People at my church, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, have told me about this study for years, but it wasn't until I realized through counseling that I live as a functional orphan instead of as a child of God that I picked it up. Coupled with lectures by Jack Miller and his wife, Barbara, and centered on the liberating letter of Galatians, this resource is, perhaps, one of the most practical, heart-shaping studies that I've ever done.
The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance
The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance
by Bethany Hanke Hoang,Kristen Deede Johnson
WHY I LIKE IT
Summer 2016 Read. I'm working with Bethany Hoang on a project for a new resource for TGC called TGC Learn to create an online course about justice, so I want to get to know her writing and thoughts on it. I'm excited to explore anew God's biblical call to justice in all areas of our lives.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown
WHY I LIKE IT
Summer 2016 Read. After experiencing burnout earlier this year, two friends recommended that I read Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I'm enjoying the framework that McKeown sets for how to assess what should be your priorities and how to go about keeping them.
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
by Parker J. Palmer
WHY I LIKE IT
Summer 2016 Read. I don't agree with everything Palmer says in this book; I think, perhaps, we have different theological leanings. But there are some gems in this book that, when undergirded with a strong reformational theology and approached with a discerning mind, have been life-giving for me.

My Essentials

My all-time favorite books, movies and music
Les Miserables (Signet Classics)
Les Miserables (Signet Classics)
by Victor Hugo
WHY I LIKE IT
This is one of my favorite novels. The candlestick/forgiveness scene is even more beautiful in prose than it is in film or theater. Hugo's characters are rich and complex.
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Puritan Paperbacks) by Thomas Brooks published by Banner of Truth (1968) Paperback
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Puritan Paperbacks) by Thomas Brooks published by Banner of Truth (1968) Paperback
by THOMAS BROOKS
WHY I LIKE IT
I've been reading this with my mentor for years. We take one "device" and analyze how Satan masquerades in my life and to my heart each time we meet. Then we consider what "precious remedies" (God's promises) attack that device. It's a powerful thing to dismantle Satan's deceptions and then to trust in Christ as our foundation for hope.
The Mortification of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks)
The Mortification of Sin (Puritan Paperbacks)
by John Owen
WHY I LIKE IT
This is one of the three Puritan Paperbacks (along with The Doctrine of Repentance and Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices) that I keep on my nightstand and regularly read. In fact, I keep a daily mortification journal, outlining triggers that set off my temptations to sin. It's a long, arduous endeavor, but - as Owen says - be killing sin or it will be killing you.
What the Best College Teachers Do
What the Best College Teachers Do
by Ken Bain
WHY I LIKE IT
Currently reading
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel
WHY I LIKE IT
Currently reading (recommended by Collin Hansen)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
by J. K. Rowling
WHY I LIKE IT
I love fairy stories because they have the ability to get beyond our intellectual defenses and reveal truth to us in subtle, imaginative ways. Plus, they're just enjoyable. I especially love the Harry Potter series because the gospel themes are unmistakable (King's Cross, the resurrection stone, etc.).
Letters of John Newton
Letters of John Newton
by John Newton
WHY I LIKE IT
As a former slave owner and trader, who didn't immediately give up that work after coming to know the Lord, Newton's robust grasp of God's grace and patient sanctification in his people is unmatched.
Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks)
Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks)
by Thomas Watson
WHY I LIKE IT
"Confession of sin shuts the mouth of hell and opens the gates of paradise."
So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
by Cal Newport
WHY I LIKE IT
The main rubric by which most of us measure what work or vocation we should pursue is passion, but Newport shows how "the passion hypothesis" is flawed. Instead, he argues, we should pursue a craftsman mindset and acquire "career capital" that we can exchange for the three qualities that mark work people love: autonomy, competency, and relatedness. "Working right," he says, "trumps finding the right work."

My Bookshelf Archive

my archived books, movies, music, and more
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
by Amanda Ripley
WHY I LIKE IT
After reading survivor accounts of the Paris attacks, and after living in WDC and NYC for the past 16 years (including on 9/11, during the DC sniper, and when Anthrax was delivered to the office next door), I've decided it's about time to read The Unthinkable. In disaster situations, Ripley argues, we go through 3 stages: denial, deliberation, and the decisive moment, when survivors decide and act. The trick, she says, may be to understand our instincts that are, in fact, revealed every day in minor ways, but which - in a crisis - may betray us. This is a great, well written book.