Welcome to Wheatstone Reads, an offering of annotated reading recommendations by our staff. Enjoy!
Gabriel Choo reads "Majoring in Fear," by Mark Shiffman
This article clearly articulates an experience that is common to many alumni and parents: we are so afraid of being unprepared for "the real world". So often, fear is the primary motivation for our achievements. This seems problematic. What ought our response to this fear be?
1 John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." I'm always surprised by the implication in this verse: that fear and not hate is the antithesis of love. How might love be the solution to the very common and often overwhelming fear that motivates many students, parents, and educators? What kind of love? From whom? Of what/whom?
Gabriel is a Wheatstone Mentor
Hi, I'm Gabriel, I'm an alumni and mentor for Wheatstone. I earned a double major in business and philosophy at Biola University and am currently working for My Refuge House, a non-profit organization that runs a care home for survivors of sex trafficking in Cebu, Philippines. I hope these articles, questions, and discussions will help us follow Jesus better.
Megan Mueller reads The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish, by Linda Przybyszewski
The twentieth century marked a time when feminism, aesthetics, and world events collided to propel American women to the forefront of fashion. If you've ever looked around and shuddered at the trends of today, or asked yourself how it's possible to dress practically and beautifully at the same time, this book is for you. If you want to know why you should care about clothing, this book is for you. It you want to understand the status of women 100 years ago and how it influenced women in public society, this book is for you. Part history, part garment construction 101, this book takes a long look at the ways that women from 1920-1950 got clothing right as they enjoyed their newly-recognized freedoms, and what we can do to follow in their footsteps.
Read Megan's full review of this book in an issue of The City.
How should a Christian's theology of the body influence the way he or she dresses?
How can the American church improve its discussion of modesty and purity based on arguments from an aesthetic perspective?
Megan is a Wheatstone mentor
Megan Mueller is the Director of the Academic Success Center at Houston Baptist University, where she helps students learn how to learn. Her interests include practicing both art and science in the kitchen, studying fashion, and crocheting complicated sweaters.
Toby Klingsmith reads "When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity," by Thomas E. Bergler
Want to know where our modern Youth Ministry comes from? Want to know why Wheatstone's mission and methods are so timely and needed?
From Nazi youth rallies to the Civil Rights movement to MTV culture, Dr. Thomas Berger, associate editor for the Journal of Youth Ministry, looks at why Youth Pastors sometimes feel the need to swallow live Goldfish to save the un-churched youth. Adapted from his excellent book, in this article Bergler looks at the beginning of youth ministry in the 30's, at its development, and at its effect on the church as a whole.
In an over-sensationalized age, Bergler makes a strong case that youth ministry and the Church can't sustain this path. It's a must read.
Toby is Wheatstone's Houston Regional Director
Toby brings years of cross cultural education, experience, and a passion for deep discipleship to Wheatstone Ministries as Houston Regional Director. With a B.A. in History Education and a California Teaching Credential from Biola University in hand, Toby dedicated himself to discipling young men and women into mature followers of Christ at schools in California and China before joining Wheatstone. Whether playing sports or coaching them, doing improv, listening to live music, dancing, watching Star Trek, talking with good friends, cooking, playing with dogs, or cheering for the Denver Broncos, Toby brings a love of pretty much everything to Houston.
Amy K Cannon reads Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
I didn't think I had read anything "Wheatstone-y" recently, but realized that I would recommend this book. I read it recently, and learned a lot about what the quieter among us have to offer. There's a chapter devoted to the extroverted expectations of Evangelicalism, and a reminder that there are spiritual disciplines at which the quiet, thoughtful ones among us excel.
How has your Christianity been shaped by the expectation of extroversion?
What would introverted witnessing look like?
How can we better value "introverted" spiritual disciplines -- meditation, prayer, silence?
Amy is a Wheatstone mentor
Amy Katherine Cannon is currently an MFA Candidate in Poetry at UC Irvine and English faculty at Biola University. Her work has appeared in publications including McSweeney’s, Crab Creek Review, H_NGM_N, and Californios. She likes sentences.