Part of a hidden belief (or sometimes not so hidden) in American Christianity is that somehow coming to Christ will help some situation get easier. Or better. Or the bad situation will at some point go away. What if the circumstances don’t change? Continue reading “What if the circumstances DON’T change?”
I have two main problems with Mark Batterson. Correction. I have ONE main problem with him and then I have a major problem with his current book, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God. (Now that I typed out that title, make it two main problems.) Continue reading “The journey to Troas — Listening Prayer”
After the turkey… after the shopping… plug your brain back in and read/listen to some challenging work. Continue reading “Weekend reading”
“As the years passed, I found I rather liked having an enemy. It sharpened my sense of identity.” — Eugene Peterson, As Kingfishers Catch Fire Continue reading “We like having enemies”
I am a voracious reader. I haven’t been as quick to read a LOT of things recently, but I do love reading.
What I am horrible at is getting back INTO books that are significant and worth studying. And I’m REALLY bad about reading fiction… even once.
I was meditating on this earlier in the month and thought of the depth of thinking demonstrated in men like Abraham Lincoln. He had few books growing up, but he learned to devour them and didn’t mind reading them over and over. It lead to an ability to think through serious situations with a field of vision very few had in his time.
I am not going to be Abraham Lincoln, but I want to challenge myself to read more deeply in 2014.
The goal is to have only ten books available. I may read a few more for review purposes on this blog, but I want to make my goal to re-read ten books that have influenced me greatly. It is quite possible I could then pick ten in 2015 that I haven’t read as yet but SHOULD read… I don’t know.
With that in mind, here is my list for 2014 (not in the order I will read them):
The Divine Conspiracy, Willard (like THAT is a big shock)
Seven Storey Mountain, Merton
Byzantium, Lawhead (my only foray into fiction… sorry)
The Pastor, Peterson
Simply Jesus, Wright
In the Name of Jesus, Nouwen
Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy, Green (ed.)