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So I was attracted to this book because of one of the authors – Gary Chapman. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. Many DIY books seem to be ‘this worked for me so it should work for you’ and I don’t find that realistic. In this book the authors describe different practices that can be tried to help shape character in the home. There are no promises or guarantees, just opportunities to invest in your family. As a pastor I’m a big fan of Mark…

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My previous blog post was also on a Eugene Peterson book and much that I share about the author there speaks to him regarding this book. When you read one of his books – he reveals a part of his heart and his own faith so we can be blessed by it. Run with the horses provides some insight into one the major prophets – Jeremiah. These insights allow us to glean from this prophetic text applications for our personal lives and for our churches. One of the benefits of…

Bible Reading Challenge

When you read a Eugene Peterson book you are reading more than his thoughts and ideas, you’re getting a deep sense of his heart. You see his heart as a pastor, a theologian, and as a disciple of Jesus. This book is not a new book, and yet its content remains remarkably relevant and insightful despite being well over thirty years old. In many ways this book is more relevant than ever as it looks at discipleship in a culture that is focussed on instant gratification. When first written, the…

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Mere Discipleship is a different kind of book than many books on discipleship.  McGrath is broaching a side of discipleship seldom discussed, but valuable nonetheless.  I’ve been reading on discipleship lately and much of what I read are ‘how to books’ and practical suggestions – but are very valuable to read!  McGrath slows that process down and forces us to reflect on the discipleship of the mind.  This is a topic that is less practical, but equally important.  McGrath wants us to explore the concept of discipleship through how we…

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Chip Ingram’s book on marriage is refreshing, insightful, and I believe faithful to what scripture says.  He genuinely desires to help people to strengthen their marriages, and from that writes this book.   Perhaps one of the best quotes in the book that clarified his approach to me was, “Marriage is never about establishing your own rights or telling your mate what he or she is supposed to do.”  I’ve seen this happen enough in relationships to know how destructive that approach can be, and so this book resonated with me.…

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I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book, but as I dove into it I realized what a practical tool this book was. I wouldn’t suggest that anything in this book is new, however this book consolidates a lot of information into a concise digestable fashion to make it a worthy and useful ‘toolkit’ for any manager. I appreciate the various examples and case studies that compliment the reflections and thoughts of the authors. I also appreciated how she went into detail examining different personality types and what to…

Bible Reading Challenge

This is the kind of book that you can read each year for the purpose of deepening your reflection and thoughts on the topic of prayer, specifically the Lord’s Prayer. If you read this book just for ‘information’ you’ll gain some value from it, but to really benefit from it you need to take the time to reflect on each day’s prayer, and each week’s reflection on the Lord’s prayer. I suspect if you did that, and you did it multiple times, you would find yourself discovering new insights each…

Bible Reading Challenge

I’ve reviewed a number of books on here. I’ve liked most of them, but rarely does one stand out as being an ‘essential’ read.  As I read this book I was reminded how little discussion was actually had at Seminary, that I recall, on how to disciple a congregation.  It’s interesting, because that is sort of ‘our thing’ as the church.    In many ways I feel a lot of Pastors just hope that discipleship will happen, but I’m not sure they have an intentional approach nor do they have…

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So my friend Adam is very intentional in planning out his reading for the year.  You can see his plan for 2019 here.  I thought I’d take s stab at structuring some of my reading for this year and seeing how it goes.  I find I encounter titles that intrigue me and I can be distracted from my other books to read, so I’m wondering if this will help hold me accountable. My goal is to list two books a month, so 24 books or so, which would allow me…

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This Christmas I had a number of books I wanted to read… I posted them here.  I read most of those books though I think one of them I couldn’t find where I put it.  I wanted to just continue my monthly post of what I read with a brief comment on each book.  If one of the books catches your eye I’d suggest grabbing it now so you have it next year when Advent/Christmas comes around.  Would love to have you leave a comment with what books you’ve been…

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