On the Shelves features book recommendations from Princeton Seminary faculty and staff to help alumni/ae choose books that contribute to their personal and professional growth.
Kristin Emery Saldine, minister of
History of Celibacy: From Athena to Elizabeth I, Leonardo da Vinci,
Florence Nightingale, Gandhi, & Cher, by Elizabeth Abbot (Scribner,
2000). Throughout world history celibacy has been a key element of human
existence. This overview of the religious, social, and political forms of
celibacy provides necessary background for contemporary discussion and the
renewed interest in celibacy.
The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian
Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness, by John Hanson Mitchell
(Counterpoint, 2001). Devotees of that grand mid-19th-century American
concept of wilderness and its enduring influence in art, literature, and
spirituality will be surprised by Hanson’s intriguing corrective: humans
desire wildness not wilderness, and wildness is as close as our own
Martin Tel, C.F. Seabrook Director of
Circle: A Proposal to the Church for an Arts Ministry, by Nena Bryans
(reprinted privately and available from the author, Nena Bryans, 302
Spencer Road, Devon, PA 19333). Wise and practical insight that should
stimulate the church to reignite its artistic imagination—which, other
than in music, has been much neglected by the Protestant church—by
embracing an all-arts ministry. This book, originally published by the
Schuyler Institute for Worship and the Arts in 1988, has long been
unavailable, but remains fresh and necessary for today.
SING! A New Creation (CRC
Publications, 2001). This new green hymnal has recently been added to the
Miller Chapel pew racks. Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Methodists have for
years had supplemental hymnals for their traditions, and this fills that
need for the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions. A balanced collection
of contemporary hymns and choruses and global songs, as well as liturgical
songs from the Iona and Taizé communities, the hymnal has an emphasis on
the psalms. By not capitulating to the dictates of any single faction (or
aesthetic sensibility) in the church, it holds forth the possibility of
greater unity in worship.