What books have you started this month? Finished? It’s time for a monthly accounting (which is amazingly helpful to keep you reading what you want to).
The Gospel Coalition blog has started a “Commending the Classics” group, beginning next week with this novel. The first chapter was a quick read. Although it hasn’t impressed me yet, it’s too soon to give up. (And I’ve nothing to lose; I downloaded a free copy.)
Hint: Quit going to church and start being the church. Other chapters: Quit saying your prayers, Quit reading your Bible, Quit sharing your faith. You get the gist. This book will make you think.
I’m trying to read some of the freebies I keep downloading on my Kindle. This one has been fairly good so far.
Here’s a piece of advice from it (and not just about writing): Discipline is not about forcing yourself to improve. It’s about wanting to get better.
I’ll be an empty-nester soon. I want to make intentional and wise choices about what’s next. Advice welcomed. :-)
“Growing older means attaching to the present and the future. It’s making a decision to choose life now and a future that will last for eternity.”
I’m close to finishing, which is good and bad because I like the prompting this book has given me to be more aware of the Spirit.
I’m on the prayer chapter now: “...being a true ‘house of prayer’ is directly related to the degree to which the Holy Spirit is honored.”
Here’s what happens: I read the assigned section, then read the comments at Challies’ blog, and immediately wonder if I read the wrong chapter. That’s one reason I need to read with a group—they show me things I miss. This book is always an encouraging read to keep your eye on the goal. I re-read it every few years.
It’s always hard to summarize a Donald Miller book. When you’re reading, you feel like you’re joining his adventures to find Jesus in the nitty-gritty questions of life. I’ve benefited from all his books I’ve read so far. (I wish “Blue Like Jazz” would come to a theater near me; I’d like to see how they translated the book to the big screen.)
I’m continuing in this daily devotional. Bridges says so much with so few words. This one thought about Jonathan Edwards had me thinking for days: “Edwards was disciplined, but he was also dependent.”
Okay, I loved it, I admit. And the movie. While I’m still uncomfortable with the whole premise of children killing children, at least I understand that the book is against it, too, and thus it’s written from that perspective, although with subtlety. I’m oh so impatiently waiting for a copy of Catching Fire to become available at my library.
I never reviewed this one because I didn’t know where to begin. It provides helpful tips and encouragement both for those who have been reading for years as well as those who want to read more but just can’t get motivated. Can I just leave it at that? I urge you to go read it yourself.
Such a fun e-book. This is Ed’s own translation of the book of Acts as a series of tweets (sort of tongue-in-cheek, but also delightfully educational in its own way). I laughed out loud at his creativity with it. Note: Every April 1 he releases a book like this. Can’t wait to see what he does next year.
Another short but enjoyable e-book. Brooke encourages those of us who love to write but who want to write with purpose: “Perhaps this writing journey is the very means God has chosen to make you more like His Son.”
In Visible Fellowship: A contemporary view of Bonhoeffer’s classic work, Life Together
by Jon Walker
If you’re not in a healthy Christian community, this book will prod you to be. My review is here.
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What book are you reading this month?
We’re sharing reading lists here.