*Talking leaves is a Cherokee reference to pages of books, newspapers, etc. It was first coined by a Cherokee man named Sequoyah who brought literacy to the Cherokee. Read about his story here.
The following list of books here represent a small sampling of my personal resources that have challenged and shaped my thinking. Essentially they give perspective. They were written by both Christians and non-Christians as well as Native and non-Native alike. Perhaps one day I will provide my reasons why I chose these books.
Bridges of Reconciliation: It’s All About Grace, by Bruce and Linda Farrant. Bruce and Linda have been serving Native America/First Nations peoples for nearly twenty years. This is an essential read for anyone who is interested in serving in Native ministry. Bruce is the NA/FN Ministry Coordinator with Mission to North America (PCA).
Whiteman’s Gospel by Craig S. Smith (Ojibwe) is written for both a Native and non-Native audience. As a Native Christian, Craig offers a great apologetic of biblical Christianity to Native American and First Nations people and provides perspective on the difficult issues that have hindered gospel advancement.
One Church, Many Tribes, by the late Richard Twiss (on the cover)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown
“All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
This Rebellious House: American History and the Truth of Christianity, Steven J. Keillor. This is for historians, students, Christians and all citizens of conscience caught in the crossfire of our nation’s current culture wars. Keillor does a brilliant job articulating the difference between biblical Christianity and Western Christendom.