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What are you reading?
July 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm #106012
Curious to know what people are reading (other than the Bible!).I am part of a “Dudes Group” at church and they are walking us through some amazing books – one book for each month. Here’s the list:
JAN – A Praying Life – Paul Miller
FEB – Cross Centered Life – C.J. Mahaney
MAR – The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn
APR – 9 Marks of a Healthy Church –
MAY – Why Small Groups – C.J. Mahaney
JUN – The Multiplying Church – Bob Roberts Jr.
JUL – Christian Beliefs – Wayne Grudem and Elliot Grudem
AUG – Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – Paul David Tripp
SEP – The Reason for God – Tim Keller
OCT – Biblical Eldership – Alexander Strauch
NOV – Planting Missional Churches –
DEC – Sermon Series: Organic Pastor J.D. Greear & Missional Churches Abstract Pastor J.D. Greear
JAN – Let the Nations Be Glad –
Any you’d add?
July 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm #106044
Wow. That’s a Calvinist theology heavy list.
Some recent titles I have enjoyed include Grace Based Parenting and Raising Kids for True Greatness by Tim Kimmel, Listening for the Heartbeat of God by J. Phillip Newell, and Fearless by Max Lucado. I am currently reading Finding Darwin’s God by Kenneth Miller, which I find to be a good discussion book and God’s Word to Women by Katherine Bushnell. In the Calvinist realm, Jerry Bridges Respectable Sins is good.
Also on my list for (hopefully) this year: Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for God’s Creation by Edward Brown, Beyond Liberalism and Fundamentalism: How Modern and Postmodern … by Nancey Murphy, 10 Lies the Church Tells Women by J. Lee Grady, and Churched by Matthew Paul Turner. I’m sure I’m missing some, as I have ton of books on my “to read” list. 🙂
If you are on goodreads, you can friend me and see my reading lists here: http://www.goodreads.com/mariawj
July 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm #106042
This is a nice line-up of books listed. I am reading “Lectures to My Students, by Charles H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon had such godly insight, practical principals, and great command of the English language.
July 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm #106040
Ok, either you have more time than the rest of us, or you’re using the Cliff note versions of these! :>}
All kidding aside, the most recent book I read was: Golf’s Sacred Journey, by Dr. David L. Cook. It was a fictional story with a focus of salvation. Very inspirational and also good for men’s/dude’s groups.
Another good fiction book with a Christian theme was: The Shack, by William P. Young. It is a good book but not necessarily based in exact theology. Encouraging though.
One I’ve had next to my bed for some time now is Dietrich Bonnhoeffer’s works written before and during his time spent in a concentration camp.
Good question to ask!
July 22, 2010 at 1:25 am #106038
I went through a “Men’s Leadership” course over the winter at my church. Here is the reading list
John Maxwell-Developing the Leader Within You
John Maxwell-Becoming a Person of Influence
Neil Anderson-Victory of the Darkness
Chip Ingram- Good to Great in God’s Eyes
Erwin McManus-Chasing Daylight
Max Lucado- In the Grip of Grace
Blanchard and Hodges- Lead Like Jesus
Jim Cymbala- Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
I didn’t care for any of them (with the exception of Lucado). They are all about the self-ability self-esteem gospel ,and I let the pastor and group know what I thought. So I probably won’t be nominated for an elder any time soon!
I am currently reading “Modern Times-A History of the World from the 1920s to the 1980s” by Paul Johnson. It is an amazing book so I already bought another book by Johnson which will be my next read “A History of Christianity”
July 22, 2010 at 1:40 am #106036
Another book that would be of interest to a “dudes group” (why am I even replying?) might be
The Reason For Sports: A Christian Fanifesto by Ted Kluck. Though it is not profound, it is interesting to look at sports from a Biblical perspective. For me this was true due to my husband being a professional athlete. Our lives tend to be wound up in athletics in a way unlike others. It’d be good for a fan too.
July 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm #106034
I have that “History of Christianity” somewhere on my shelf, too, Jason…
You didn’t like Maxwell, eh?
How do you feel about Zig Ziglar and his writing? Always witnesses from the stage…
July 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm #106032
My secret: plane rides (and early mornings with my son!)
Loved “The Shack” – not the best theology, but drives home the fact that God wants an intensely personal relationship with us…and that we settle for too little in communing with Him.
July 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm #106030
I hear about Spurgeon a lot from folks…need to dig in….
July 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm #106028
How about Tony Dungy’s books? I haven’t read either of them, but my dad liked his first one.
Also, I like John Eldridge (Wild at Heart) and Stu Weber (Tender Warrior).
July 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm #106026
Yeah, and this for a guy who went to Catholic seminary to be a priest and got the ol’ MA in Theology from Catholic University of America! It’s a whole new world for me right now! Trying to figure out what God has up His sleeve…
July 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm #106024
I grew up in the Catholic church, but I couldn’t make the catechism fit the Bible when I went digging. We (my husband, son and I) now go to Disciples of Christ, which is why I read a wide variety of theologies. (They encourage it.) I don’t always agree, and I’m definitely not a Calvinist, but I do like to expand my horizons. He works in mysterious ways… 😉
July 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm #106022
I haven’t read Dungy’s books for a lot of reasons…mostly time. I’ve read over 30 books this year, but his don’t interest me for some reason.
July 22, 2010 at 8:48 pm #106020
I’ve heard Stu Weber talk at a Promise Keeper’s conference many years ago and he has a great heart for God. I would definitely recommend ‘Tender Warrior’.
March 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm #106018
How about Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God? No empowerment gospel, relience on intimacy with God though.
What is the women’s group called?
As for confrontation, I asked my pastor why we were doing X and he asked me to speak to the board of elders. It’s all in how you say it.
March 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm #106016
Awakening by Stovall Weems. Came across it by signing up for Blogging for Books where I get free books in exchange for reviewing it via blogs. Awesome book. Not finished yet, as it encourages a 21-day fast and prayer (as practiced by his church and thousands of others with life-changing results) and I need to figure out when would be good to do that.
January 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm #106014
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