Back in the glory days, when there was xanga, there was a feature called currently reading… well these days i am reading a lot… or maybe i am not
I am currently in the middle of 12 books. 12 books!
How? I know. It’s crazy.
I guess i like starting things… and i find things interesting… and i have too many interests… and i like to read… and i don’t finish… i guess it says a lot about me. I like closure, but don’t mind starting new things. There are many things entriguing to me and i don’t know how to focus… or perhaps my ability to focus on many things… or just book lust…
I have really just finished one new book this year, and that was a kids book. But a significant one. (i have read other kids books too).
God’s very good idea
Yes, everyone should read it.
And the 12 books i am currently reading, doesn’t even include the most important book i am reading
– the Bible.
Soo & I are trying to read thru the Bible in a year. I also tried to get others to do it, but alas no cigar. Still 100+ days in and we are on track.
The Bible is crazy.
I have highlighted a ton. Doing it all on the Bible app. It is pretty convenient.
Some portions have been difficult- but God has shown me purpose in it. Others parts challenging/encouraging. Others i don’t understand. Still, it has been good to go through.
Perhaps that is why i am still working on 13 books- and if so, then so be it.
But then how do i have 13 books i am currently reading?
3 books are daily devotion type readings
- Navigating God’s Wisdom by Tim Keller
- Deep rooted in Christ
- Imitation of Christ
2 books are ones i really wanted to read
- Different kind of happiness
They were heavy, so i picked out an easy one
1 we’re doing as a team, another is important in regards to where ministry is, and a 3rd for personal ministry at home with Soo
- Letting go of control
- Make, mature, multiply
- Art of neighboring
I also started two others with Soo- about marriage and parenting
- What did you expect?
- Tech-wise family
And then have a couple i have been trying to get through with the kids
- Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s stone
- Thoughts that make the heart sing
Now i chose the first book because i felt God wanted me to seek wisdom… the 2nd book because i felt God wanted me to seek transformation – though i didn’t know it was a devotional at first…
Navigating God’s wisdom has been pretty good, much better than songs of Jesus.
Short quick tidbits, that hit heart sin issues and bring the gospel into it. He diagnoses Proverbs and other wisdom books not just as wise sayings to make your life better, but to reveal heart condition and our need for the gospel
Deep-rooted in Christ was written by a Korean and translated. Fairly simple, but good truths
Imitation of Christ is a classic, which means the English is hard to read.
Onward by Russel Moore is good. It talks about politics and the role of the Christian. It is something i don’t think about much, but need to consider. He gives great perspective and challenge coming from the Word and addressing current events
Anything by Larry Crabb makes you really examine your heart – and Different kind of happiness is no different. Instead of finding happiness is ease or comfort; finding joy in loving others, finding joy in growing in Christ-likeness. And Christ-likness not being morality but in how we love others. He talks a lot about relational sin and relational holiness.
Art of neighboring has been fun to read, very, very challenging. What is Jesus call to love our neighbor meant our actual neighbors?
Man, we do it terribly, which is why we need this book
We also need tech wise family by Andy Crouch. We are terrible at controlling technology.
I should finish reading a few of these books soon. I have another 20 or so i’d really like right now… and a like 30-40-50 more…
What are you reading? What do you recommend?