Hope College

Reading Assignments

inVocation Fellows enjoy a very unique opportunity to interact personally with some of the nation’s Christian thought leaders. These authors and activists are strong models of whole-life discipleship, living out their faith in the marketplace, the academy, the Church, and the public square. We cheerfully provide each Fellow with a copy of each major text selected for the program year. In order for our discussions with invited authors to be as rich and dynamic as possible, we ask Fellows to complete the assigned reading(s) before each Session. For those interested in diving more deeply into a particular topic, we have offered a curated list of additional resources to check out. Click here to view Fall 2023 reading assignments.

January 13, 2024 [POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER]

“Stewarding Our Money” with Dr. Amy Sherman

REQUIRED PRE-READING: Pages 33-52 in Practicing the King’s Economy by Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt (Baker, 2018)

OPTIONAL READING:

“Jumpstart Your Generosity” by Amy L. Sherman Prism (Jan/Feb 2009).

“Money Talks: Investing as Witness” by Amy Sherman (Eventide Center for Faith & Investing, 2022)

February 17, 2024

“Called to Steward our Gifts & Abilities” with Patrick Pierson

REQUIRED PRE-READING: None, but you MUST complete the Highlands Ability Battery by FEB 1!!!

March 16, 2024

“Embracing the Spiritual Discipline of Diversity” with Rev. Artie Lindsay

REQUIRED PRE-READING: David Bailey, “Reconciliation is Spiritual Formation,” Comment (Spring 2021).

OPTIONAL READINGS:

“Introduction and Chapter 1” of Just Health: Treating Structural Racism to Heal
America by Dayna Matthew (NYC: New York University Press, 2022).
Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise (Zondervan, 2019).

 

April 13, 2024

“Rule of Life Workshop” with Jen Pollock Michel

REQUIRED PRE-READINGS (2): Jeremy Linneman, “Skip Resolutions—Make a Rule of Life,” The Gospel Coalition (Dec. 27, 2018) and Jen Pollock Michel, In Good Time (Baker Books, 2022), pp. 63-82.

OPTIONAL READING:
Listen to Jen Michel on the Why God Why podcast, talking about “Why Time Management Makes us Time Anxious.” Go to this page: https://www.jenpollockmichel.com/publications and select the third podcast.

May 3-5, 2024

Closing Retreat with Rev. Jim Mullins

Closing Retreat: TBD

REQUIRED PRE-READING: TBD