And whatever you do, in word or deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We all do it every day. On paper, monitors, signs, phones,....
But why do we read?
- To see when the spouse will be home for supper
- To check on the day’s weather to know what to wear
- To get instructions from a manager
- To know how fast we can drive
- To learn how to reset the car’s clock
- To investigate our child’s latest FB friend
- To plot out directions from here to there
- To score well on an exam
And to be encouraged and informed and entertained and transformed and educated and socialized and improved and conversant and on and on.
But whether you’re reading to figure out the meaning of life or reading just to enjoy life, if you know why you’re reading, you’re more likely to hit your target.
And ultimately, like everything else you do,
your aim should be to do it for God’s glory.
Read for his glory.
That might look different for each of us.
I’m working it out my way; you’re working it out yours.
But let’s both keep it as our purpose.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
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I’m thanking God for these twelve books I read over the spring.
Here’s why you might like to read them too:
1. Think: The life of the mind and the love of God
by John Piper
To learn how to better use your mind to better love God with your heart
by Max Lucado
To get your questions answered biblically about some of life’s most important issues
3. God in the Yard: Spiritual practice for the rest of us
by L. L. Barkat
To be encouraged to take mini-breaks, hanging outside with God
4. Trusting God: Even when life hurts
by Jerry Bridges
To build your confidence in God’s goodness even when you’re hurting
5. The Greener Grass Conspiracy
by Stephen Altrogge
To remind you that you have it so good so stop complaining
6. One Thing: Developing a passion for the beauty of God
by Sam Storms
To hear why you’ll find your greatest joy in passionately celebrating God’s glory
7. Love Wins: A book about Heaven, Hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived
by Rob Bell
To see for yourself what all the noise is about while also digging in the Word yourself
8. Always True: God’s 5 promises when life is hard
by James MacDonald
To give you promises to hold on to when you’re about ready to let go
9. The Final Summit: A quest to find the one principle that will save humanity
by Andy Andrews
To enjoy a story about someone else’s search for life’s meaning
10. Heaven Is for Real
: A little boy’s astounding story of his trip to Heaven and back
by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
To remind yourself that this life isn’t all there is
11. Pujols: More than the game
by Scott Lamb and Tim Ellsworth
To be encouraged by the stories from a faith-filled baseball star
12. Poke the Box
by Seth Godin
To be inspired to think creatively and live proactively
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What’s one reason you like to read?
What’s a favorite book you’ve read lately?