Of course I recognize that not everybody has the inclination or the time to do lots of book reading, but there are other ways of engaging with thinkers from other tribes - blogs, websites, youtube, audio downloads etc. I also recognise that in our busy lives we must prioritise our time toward what God has called us to, and to existing God-given connections. There is a danger of losing focus, and achieving breadth at the expense of depth. But enlarging our world can actually contribute to the depth if it causes us to think through what we believe more carefully; and you can be led to new God-given connections as you enlarge your world.
So here's a list of people I've read, engaged with and learned from in the last couple of years. Please note that I am not claiming to have read whole books by all these writers; some I have only dipped into (all are Christians of different tribes, and there is one Jewish rabbi). In a world of blogs, online articles, Google previews and Kindle samples etc. - it is so much easier to at least get a taster of what others are thinking.Why not google one of these names that you have not heard of, or heard of only vaguely, and see if they enlarge your world. And if anyone wants to recommend to me some writers who have challenged and enlarged their thinking (as opposed to just reinforcing what you already believe), please do so - especially female writers who I think are under-represented in the Christian world, but that might be just because my world is still too small. I'd also love to hear your thoughts on any writer from the list you do engage with:
Bill Johnson, Danny Silk, Kris Vallotton, Greg Boyd, Dallas Willard, Peter Scazzero, Roger Olson, Ann Voskamp, Brennan Manning, Frank Viola, Jurgen Moltmann, Hans Kung, N.T Wright, C S Lewis, George MacDonald, Scott Mcknight, Tim Keller, T Austin Sparks, Brian McClaren, Rob Bell, Rachel Held Evans, Christina Cleveland, Don Miller, Steve Uppal, Paul Scanlon, Stephen Matthew, Richard Foster, Steve Backlund, Andrew Wommack, Miroslav Volf, Amos Yong, David Bentley Hart, Richard Rohr, Jonathan Sacks, Graham Cooke,Paul Tripp, Gordon MacDonald, Ben Witherington, William Paul Young, C. Baxter Kruger, Henri Nouwen, Andrew Wilson.