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The home page for intellectual wellness at Concordia Seminary.

Suggested Readings

The Hammer of God

Recommended by Provost Douglas Rutt

Darkness Visible

Recommended by Paul Raabe who says “The author deals with the text exegetically and reviews what church fathers said about it and how to appropriate this kind of text in Christian preaching and teaching. I think it would be stimulating to tackle something heady, not how to's.”


Recommended by Pamela Davitz.

Dangerous Calling

Recommended by both Jeff Thormodson and Tim Saleska.
“This is also a very interesting and helpful book. He has a lot to say to students who are in the seminary and the dangers and temptations they face. It is well worth reading. This would probably be my third recommendation. But you can’t go wrong with it either.” -T. Saleska

To Change the World

Recommended by Joel Biermann.

Openness Unhindered

Tim Saleska recommends saying “This book is actually my favorite. Butterfield was in a long-term lesbian relationship before she became a Christian. She is now a member of the Reformed, Presbyterian Church, which is very conservative theologically (Calvinist, and B. reads Puritan theology). This book talks about sexuality in about as wonderful a way as I have ever seen. The chapters on repentance, temptation, forgiveness, the struggle with sin are great. Students will see a lot of Lutheran theology coming through-especially in her sacramental and repentant life of prayer and worship. This book would have my first recommendation because it deals with our modern culture in ways that all of us will find very helpful for our own formation and ministry.”

The Quest for Holiness

Recommended by Joel Biermann

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

Tim Saleska says “This book is by an author who went from being a strong atheist to a Christian. This book goes expands on her earlier one, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, and makes a case for what it means to live as a Christian. It is very challenging and interesting and is guaranteed to change the perspective of many who read it. Great for discussions, too, I think.”

You Are What You Love

Recommended by James Marriot.

Myth of the Millennial

Recommended by Pamela Davitz

Intellectual Wellness Events

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, professor emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School, will give a lecture, "Why Bonhoeffer Matters," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Werner Auditorium on campus, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105.

Discussion is set for 8-8:30 p.m. followed by a reception until 10 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe, Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School; was named by TIME Magazine in 2001 as “America’s Best Theologian”; is author of A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century.

His lecture kicks off the Seminary's Campus Reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book, Life Together, which will include monthly chapter discussions led by Seminary professors.

Health and Wellness Chair

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Joshua LeBorious
801 Seminary Place
St. Louis, MO 63105