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Spring 2018 Booklists

Visit the Moravian College Bookstore site and search for your section (SE__ __) and course number to see options for renting or purchasing print or digital books. Make sure to cross-reference the books listed here with what is available through the College store to make sure you order all required books.

Biblical Knowledge & Interpretation

SEBK620 Intro to New Testament

  • Suggested study Bible:  Attridge, Harold W., editor. The HarperCollins Study Bible.  Revised and updated edition.  Harper One, 2006. 
  • Aland, Kurt.  Synopsis of the Four Gospels.  United Bible Societies, 2010.  ISBN: 1585169420.
  • Clark-Soles, Jaime. Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010. ISBN 0664231144.
  • Gooder, Paula. Searching for Meaning: An Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament. London: SPCK, 2008. ISBN 0281058350.
  • Bible+ Olive Tree app plus the NRSV and the NIV translations.

SEBK725 Real World: Reading the Book of Judges with Teens


  • Twenge, Jean. iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What that Means for the Rest of Us. Atria Books, 2017. ISBN: 978-1501151989.
  • Dean, Kendra Creasy. Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church. Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780195314847. E-Book available online at Reeves Library.
  • Weeks, Jennifer. The New Age of Sex Education: How to Talk to Your Teen About Cybersex and Pornography in the Digital Age. Book Baby, 2016. ISBN: 978-1483575216.
  • Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. Crown Book for Young Readers, 2017. ISBN: 978-1101939499.
  • Parker, Evelyn L., and Jack L. Seymour. Between Sisters: Emancipatory Hope out of Tragic Relationships. Cascade Books, 2017. ISBN: 78-1620327869
  • Choose one young adult book, such as Hunger Games, Divergent, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Vampire Diaries, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter, or watch a teen series or movie (clear it first)
  • Choose between:
    • Matthews, Victor: Judges and Ruth, Cambridge, 2004. ISBN: 978-0521000666
    • Niditch, Susan. Judges: A Commentary (Old Testament Library). Westminster John Knox, 2008. ISBN: 978-1627781749 (Available Online at Reeves Library)


  • Brill, Stephanie and Lisa Kenney. The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens. Cleis Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1627781749

SEBK760 God’s Gift of Creation: Sustainability, Economic & Food Justice in the Hebrew Bible

  • Davis, Ellen. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible. Cambridge Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780521732239.
  • Harris, Melanie L. Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths. Orbis, 2017. ISBN: 9781626982017
  • Tull, Patricia. Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis. Westminster John Knox, 2013. ISBN: 978-0664233334
  • Alkon, Allison Hope and Julian Agyeman. Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability. MIT, 2011. ISBN: 9780262516327
  • Harper Bibles. The Green Bible. HarperOne, 2008. ISBN: 978-0061627996
  • Shiva, Vandana. Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development. North Atlantic Books, 2016. ISBN: 978-1623170516
  • Wall Kimmerer, Robin. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Milkweed, 2015. ISBN: 978-1571313560.
  • Choose one from list:

SEBK842 Ethnicity, Race, and New Testament Interpretation

  • Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. (Vintage: 1992). ISBN: 978-0679744726
  • Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People. (Norton, 2010). ISBN 978-0393339741
  • Aland, Kurt. Synopsis of the Four Gospels. (United Bible Societies, 2010). ISBN: 9781585169429
  • Suggested study Bible:  Attridge, Harold W., editor. The HarperCollins Study Bible.  Revised and updated edition.  Harper One, 2006.  

SEBK911 Hebrew Exegesis


  • Ellinger, K. and W. Rudolph, Eds. Biblica Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft., 1997. ISBN: 978-3438052223 
  • Brown, Francis, S. Driver, and C. Briggs. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon: With an Appendix Containing the Biblical Aramaic: Coded With the Numbering System from Strong’s. Hendrickson Publishers, 1996. ISBN: 9781565632066.
  • Holmstedt, Robert D. Ruth. A Handbook on the Hebrew Text. Baylor University Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-1932792911.


  • Arnold, Bill T. and John Choi. A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax. Cambridge University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780521533485.


Intercultural Engagement & Action

SECC601 LinC

  • Hacker, Diana. The Bedford Handbook (Bedford/St. Martin's; Ninth Edition edition, 2013).  ISBN 13: 978- -1457608025
  • Nouwen, Henri.  Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life (Image Press, 1986).  ISBN-10:0385236824, ISBN-13: 978-0385236829
  • Up,  ASIN: B005ZMTXMY
  • Wicks, Robert J. Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times, (Sorin Books, 2012); ISBN-10: 1893732940,  ISBN-13: 978-1893732940

SECC622 Religion in the American Context


  • Diana Eck, A New Religious America: How a ‘Christian Country’ has become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation (San Francisco: Harper, 2002). ISBN
  • 0060621591.
  • Ed Gaustad and Leigh Schmidt, The Religious History of America: The Heart of the American Story from Colonial Times to Today, rev. (HarperOne, 2004) ISBN
  • 978-0060630560. 
  • Marie Griffiths, American Religions: A Documentary History (Oxford Univ. Press, 2007) ISBN 978-0195170450 
  • Kevin Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015) ISBN 978-0465049493. 


  • Frank Meade, Sam Hill, and Craig D. Atwood, ed. Handbook of Denominations in the United States, 13 th ed (Abingdon Press, 2010) ISBN 978-1- 4267-0048- 4.
  • Mark Noll, America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (Oxford, 2002), ISBN 0195151119, $25. We will read section V online, but you may want to buy the whole book.


Personal & Spiritual Formation

SEFS640 Christian Ethics

  • Paul J. Wadell, Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics (3rd ed.; Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).  ISBN-13 978-1442255173

SEFS722  Group Spiritual Direction 2    


  • Bourgeault, C. (2013). The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the radical truth at the heart of Christianity. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc. ISBN: 978-1611800524
  • Dougherty, R. M. Ed. (2003). The lived experience of group spiritual direction. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. ISBN-13: 978-080914176
  • Dougherty, R. M. (1995). Group spiritual direction:  Community for discernment. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. ISBN: 978-0809135981
  • Fryling, A. (2009). Seeking God together:  An introduction to group spiritual direction. Downers
  • Grove, IL:  InterVarsity press. ISBN: 978-0830835249
  • Kropf, M. and Schrock, D (Ed). (2012). An open place: The ministry of group spiritual direction. ISBN: 9780819228161
  • Palmer, P. 2004. A hidden wholeness: The journey toward an undivided life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0470453766


  • Blythe, T (2006). 50 ways to pray: Prayers from many traditions and times.  Abingdon Press $11.99  ISBN-13: 978-0687331048
  • Bourgeault, C. (2003). Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an ancient tradition to awaken the heart. Lanham: Cowley, 2004. ISBN: 978-0787968960
  • Paintner, Christine Valters. (2011). Lectio Divina – The sacred art: Transforming words and images Into heart-centered prayer (Art of Spiritual Living). Woodstock: Skylight Paths. ISBN: 978-1594733000
  • Prechtel, D. (2012). Where two or three are gathered: Spiritual direction for small groups. ISBN: 978-0819227720
  • Reed, A. (2011). Quest for spiritual community: Reclaiming spiritual guidance for contemporary congregations, Bloomsbury & Clark; ISBN: 978-0567038838
  • Schmidt, Aletheia. (2013). Awake my soul: Contemplative art journal. ISBN-13: 978-1481905633

SEFS733 Ignatian Exercises: Theology and Practice


  • Barry, William. Finding God in All Things: A Companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Notre Dame: Ave Maria, 2009. ISBN 978-0877934608
  • Bourgeault, Cynthia. Mystical Hope; Trusting in the Mercy of God. Lanham: Cowley, 2001 ISBN 978-1561011933
  • Bourgeault, Cynthia. The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind—A New Perspective on Christ and His Message. Boston: Shambhala, 2008. ISBN 978- 1590305805
  • Paintner, Christine Valters. Lectio Divina—The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-centered Prayer (Art of Spiritual Living). Woodstock: Skylight Paths, 2011 ISBN: 978-1594733000
  • Savary, Louis M. The New Spiritual Exercises: In the Spirit of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Mahwah: Paulist, 2011. ISBN 978-0809146956
  • Silf, Margaret. Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spiritutality. Chicago: Loyola Press 2007 ISBN: 978-0829426458


  • Dyckman, Katherine M. The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women. New York: Paulist, 2001. ISBN 978-0809140435
  • Puhl, Louis. ed. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius 2010. Mansfield Centre: Martino. ISBN 978-1578989324

SEFS823 Spiritual Direction 3


  • de Waal, Esther. (2004) To Pause at the Threshold: Reflections on Living on the Border. Morehouse publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0819219893
  • Edwards, Janice (2012). Wild Dancing. ISBN: 978-0879570224
  • Heuertz, Christopher (2017). The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth. Zondervan ISBN-13: 978-0310348276
  • Lentz, Robert and Edwina Gateley. Christ in the Margins. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2009. ISBN 978- 1570758140 
  • May, G. (2009). Addiction & Grace: Love and spirituality in the healing of addictions. HarperOne. ISBN-13: 978-0061122439 
  • Rohr, Richard (2011). Falling Upward. ISBN: 978-0470907757 
  • Tallman B. (2011). Finding Seekers: How to develop a spiritual direction practice, from beginning to full time employment ISBN-13: 978-1937002183 
  • Wagner, N. (Ed). (2006). Spiritual direction in context. Morehouse Publishing. ISBN-13: 978- 0819222091 


  • Ruffing, J. (2011). To tell the sacred tale: Spiritual direction and narrative. Paulist Press. ISBN- 13: 978-0809147236


Intellectual & Professional Integration

SEIP820 Leadership in Ministry

  • Bass, Diana Butler.  Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (Harper Collins, 2012).  ISBN-13: 978-0830838240
  • Leas, Speed.  Discover Your Conflict Management Style  (Alban Institute, 1998). ISBN-13:  978-1566991841
  • Randall, Robert L.  The Time of Your Life  (Abingdon, 1994).  ISBN-13: 978-0687371372
  • Richardson, Ronald W.  Creating a Healthier Church  (Augsburg Fortress, 1996).  ISBN-13: 978-0800629557 Roxburgh, Alan.  The Sky Is Falling (ACI Publishing, 2005). ISBN-13: 978-0977718405
  • Snow, Luther.  The Power of Asset Mapping  (Alban Institute, 2004). ISBN-13: 978-1566992947
  • Star Trek (2009)  DVD  ASIN: B001AVCFJM

SEIP942 Portfolio 2

  • Rohrer, David. The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry. IVP Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-0830838240


  • No required texts.


Clinical Counseling

SEPC612 MACC Practicum


  • Dykstra, R.C. (2005) Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings.  St Louis, MO: Chalice Press.
  • Perry, W.  (2008)  Basic Counseling Techniques: A beginning therapist's toolkit  2nd Edition.
  • Bloomington, IN: AuthHouse.  ISBN-13:  978-1434355249


  • Albers, R., W. Meller, S.Thurber, eds. (2012) Ministry with persons with mental illness and their families. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
  • Koenig, H.G., A.G. Weaver, L. Revilla. (2002) Counseling families across the stages of life: A handbook for pastors and other helping professionals. Nashville, TN: Abington Press.
  • Kornfeld, M.  (2000) Cultivating wholeness: A guide to care and counseling in faith communities. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Wimberly, E. (2008)  African American Pastoral Care: Revised.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. ISBN-13: 978-0687649495 

SEPC620 Pastoral Care & Counseling (MDIV/MATS)


  • Dykstra, R.C. (2005) Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings.  St Louis, MO: Chalice Press.
  • Justes, E.  (2006)  Hearing beyond the words: How to become a listening pastor.  Nashville: Abingdon Press. ISBN-13: 978-0687494996     


  • Albers, R., W. Meller, S.Thurber, eds. (2012) Ministry with persons with mental illness and their families. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
  • Koenig, H.G., A.G. Weaver, L. Revilla. (2002) Counseling families across the stages of life: A handbook for pastors and other helping professionals. Nashville, TN: Abington Press.
  • Kornfeld, M.  (2000) Cultivating wholeness: A guide to care and counseling in faith communities. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Wimberly, E. (2008)  African American Pastoral Care: Revised. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. ISBN-13: 978-0687649495 

SEPC730 Systems Theory & Application


  • Gilbert, R. (1992). Extraordinary relationships: A new way of thinking about human interactions. New York: Wiley.
  • Friedman, E. (1990). Friedman’s fables. Guilford Publications.


  • Gilbert, R. (2006). Extraordinary leadership: Thinking systems, making a difference.  Leading Systems Press.
  • Friedman, E. (2011). Generation to generation: Family process in church and synagogue. Guilford Publications.

SEPC743 Chronic Illness, Death, and Loss


  • Neimeyer, R.A. (2016) Techniques of grief therapy: Assessment and intervention. New York:NY: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415807258 
  • Walsh, F. and M. McGoldrick. Eds. (2004) Living beyond loss: Death in the family (2nd Ed.) New York: W.W. Norton and Co. ISBN-13: 978-0393704389 
  • Callanan, P. & Kelley, P. (2012) Final gifts: Understanding the special awareness, needs, and communications of the dying. New York,NY: Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 978-1451667257 (Do NOT buy 1992 edition.)
  • Miller, J. (2001) The art of being a healing presence. Fort Wayne. IN: Willowgreen. ISBN-13: 978-1885933324 


  • Irish, D.P. , Lundquist, K.F., and V.J. Nelsen, eds. (1993) Ethnic variations in dying, death, and grief: Diversity in universality. Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis. ISBN-13: 978- 1560322788 
  • McCue, K. (2011) How to help children through a parent’s serious illness. New York,NY: St. Martins Press. ISBN-13: 978-0312697686
  • Nolan, S. (2012) Spiritual care at the end of life: The chaplain as a hopeful presence. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley. ISBN-13: 978-1849051996
  • Neimeyer, R.A. (2012) Techniques of grief therapy: Creative practices for counseling the bereaved. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-0415807258 

SEPC760 Individual Psychotherapy & Methodology

  • Parsons, R. and Zhang, N. (2014). Counseling theory: Guiding reflective practice. SAGE publications. ISBN: 978-1452244655

SEPC812 Peer Group II 

  • Bourgeault, Cynthia. (2003). Wisdom Way of Knowing:  Reclaiming An Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart. ISBN-13:978-0787968960 $14.75
  • Palmer, P. (2004).  A hidden wholeness: The journey toward an undivided life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  ISBN:  0-7879-7100-6  
  • Lentz, Robert and Gateley, Edwina. (2009). Christ in the margins. Maryknoll: Orbis. ISBN 978-1570758140

SEPC902 Internship Supervision 2


  • Wicks, R. (2012) The inner life of the counselor. Somerset, NJ: Wiley and Sons. ISBN-13: 978-1118193747.


  • Kottler, J.A. (2013) Change: What really leads to lasting transformation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978- 0199981380


Pastoral Leadership

SEPL711 Equipping Communities for Ministry

  • Christopher, J. Cliff. Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate – A New Vision for Financial Stewardship. Abingdon Press, 2015  ISBN-13: 978-1501804922
  • Johnson, Jeffrey A. Got Style? Personality Based Evangelism. Judson Press, 2009.  ISBN-13: 978-0-8170-1555-8 
  • McLaren, Brian D.  A Generous Orthodoxy.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0310258032
  • Sjogren, Steve, et al.  Irresistible Evangelism:  Natural Ways to Open Others to Jesus. Group Publishing, 2004.  ISBN-13: 978-0764426261
  • Tye, Karen.  Basics of Christian Education. St. Louis: Chalice Press. 2000, ISBN-10: 0827202296,  ISBN-13:978-0827202290


Theological & Ecclesiastical Heritage

SETH620 Rhythms of Ministry

  • Hickman, Hoyt L., ed.  The New Handbook of the Christian Year. Abingdon Press; Revised edition, 1992, ISBN-13: 978-0687277605
  • Sisk, Ronald D.  The Competent Pastor: Skills and Self-knowledge for Serving Well.  Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute.  2005. ISBN-13: 978-1566993043
  • Taylor-Troutman, Andrew. Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir. Wipf & Stock Publishing, 2012,  ISBN-10:1610976843,  ISBN-13: 978-1610976848
  • White, James F.  Introduction to Christian Worship.  Abingdon Press; 3 edition, 2001, ISBN-13: 978-0687091096

SETH730 Meaning of Jesus Christ

  • Leonardo Boff,  Passion of Christ, Passion of the World. Transl. Robert R. Barr.  (Reprint ed.; Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2011). ISBN 978-1570759093
  • Marcus Borg and N. T. Wright, The Meaning of Jesus (2nd edition; New York: Harper One, 2007). ISBN 978-0061285547
  • Elizabeth A. Johnson, Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology (3rd printing; New York: Crossroad, 2003). ISBN 978-0824511616

SETH820 Moravian History


  • Crews, C. Daniel. Faith, Love, Hope: A History of the Unitas Fratrum. Moravian Archives, 2008. ISBN 9780971941137.
  • Comenius, John Amos. The Labyrinth of the World and Paradise of the Heart. Tr. Andrea Sterk and Howard Louthan. New York: Paulist Press, 1998.
  • Faull, Katherine. Speaking to Body and Soul. Penn State University Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0271077680
  • Weinlick, John. Count Zinzendorf. Bethlehem, PA: Moravian Publications Office. 1992. (


  • Peucker, Paul. A Time of Sifting. PSU Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0271066448.
  • Sensbach, Jon. Rebecca’s Revival. Harvard University Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0674022577