Several months after Howard Butt Jr. and Barbara Dan passed, I had the privilege of walking through their home with the assignment of collecting books I thought would be appropriate for Laity Lodge. Sure enough, their stuffed bookshelves were a window into their curiosities: theology, psychology, business and leadership, crime stories, biographies, mysteries, travel, art, politics, and more.
As I hovered over titles and pulled some to keep, it occurred to me that these books were not just about Howard and Barbara Dan. These books were about who we are—these are the literary fingerprint of Laity Lodge and the H. E. Butt Foundation.
Over the past months of quarantine, we began creating a list of the books, articles, and talks that capture the unique spirit and identity of Laity Lodge. Of course, Howard Butt Jr. believed that Holy Scripture provided a coherent picture of the world—its creation, brokenness, and ultimate redemption in Christ. Scripture, therefore, is the fundamental text that has shaped the Foundation. But as Eugene Peterson used to say, writers serve as friends and allies in shaping a Biblical imagination.