Category: Books

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.…

Books Culture Faith Family

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…

Books Culture Faith

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…

Advent Books Culture Faith

If you read my blog somewhat regularly you know I value reading as a method for personal growth and professional development.  One of the most intentional, and voracious, readers I know is Adam Driscoll. Last year I asked him to share his reading list for 2018, and have done so again this year for his 2019 reading list.  I hope that you’ll be challenged to be intentional in your reading, or at the least, find some good book titles to explore yourself this coming year.  So Happy New Year… and…

Bible Reading Challenge Books Culture Faith

Over the month of December most of my reading will focus on Advent or Christmas.  I find it can help me focus on something other than our cultural celebrations.  It also helps me to reflect on my faith, grow in my faith, and equip me for when I do ministry during this season.  So below are my books to read over the coming month: FIrst, I always do the Biola University Advent Project that mixes music, art, scripture, and reflections on a daily basis.  Such a wonderful resource and I…

Advent Books Culture Faith

So I didn’t quite get all the books I wanted to read this month read, but that is okay.  The goal is quality over quantity and i just want to make sure I’m reading, challenging myself, nurturing my faith, and exploring other viewpoints.   So this month I read four books (almost… but you’ll see what I mean in a bit!).   I also realized my Kindle library of ebooks is almost the same size, if not larger, than my printed book library.  I’m working on organizing my kindle books so I…

Books Culture Faith

So I’m trying to stay disciplined and post what I read each month.  It helps hold me accountable to keep reading, it also shares what I’m reading with colleagues who may want a good title to read, and it allows me to review and revisit each book I’ve read. The Crucifixion of Ministry by Andrew Purves .  I wasn’t sure what to make of this book when I started reading it, but I found overall i really engaged with the content of it and the concepts in the book.  in a…

Books Culture Family

One of the things I love about my blog is I get the opportunity to review books before they are released by the publisher.  I like it because I get the book for free, but even more so I get to read the book without a lot of people telling my why I should read it.  It allows me to engage the book solely through my own context and I value that. When I was offered the chance to preview Mark Holmen and Brian Siewert’s new book Faith @ Home Revealed…

Books Children Culture Faith Family

So I sometimes do book reviews that are indepth, but I thought I’d start posting what books I’ve read lately.  I’ll keep the specific list to non-fiction books for the most part.  Each book will have a one or two sentence thought about it.  I hope it helps you, or others, to figure out what books they may want to be reading next.  For this first list I’ll include some of my summer reading as well as my more recent reading.  There is no real order to how these books…

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