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Reading for 2012

January 9, 2012

As the year begins, many of you have probably committed (once again) to reading more. This is a good and edifying commitment, and I pray you stick to it.  Reading is one of those things that you know you should be doing, but at times just the thought of it can exhaust you and you find yourself discouraged from doing it, even before you begin (kinda like washing loads of laundry :)). Nevertheless, just as you feel better once all the clothes are washed, so you feel better once you have read a good book.  So, don’t get discouraged. Pick a good book, one that really interests you, and read about a chapter a day. You will be amazed at how much reading you can get accomplished with just reading a chapter a day.

I have begun the year with some really good books. So far I am enjoying each of them. As a pastor, reading is large part of what I do. Often I don’t have much of a choice in what I read. Commentaries and articles are part of my weekly sermon prep (and some are less interesting than others). However, there are also readings that I do because the subject or author interests me.  As the new year begins, here is the list of books I have currently reading.  I would love to hear what’s on your immediate reading list as you begin 2012:

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  This is Bonhoeffer’s classic work on the church as community. This brief work is full on insight and encouragement for the local church to be community, for the christian to know the role he or she plays making that community faithful. The book is brief, but full of great and challenging quotes.  For example, “Spiritual love will speak to Christ about a brother more than to a brother about Christ.”  And, “Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time, in other words, because here they can unite in the Word.”  Don’t sleep on this little book. It was written over 70 years ago, but is every bit as relevant today.

Our Secure Salvation: Preservation and Apostasy by Robert Peterson. One of my favorite doctrines to contemplate is Preservation and Perseverance, and how the Bible pictures these in the Christian life. There are many books out there on the security of the believer, and the call for Christians to persevere inthe faith. Peterson’s book is one of the latest on this subject, and appears to be a worthy addition to the list. Issues of doubt and assurance arise in each of us. Knowing what the Bible says and how to address the issue in our lives, and the lives of others is always helpful.  Our Secure Salvation does just that.

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. Being somewhat a Civil War buff, I am always on the look out for good books on personalities and events from that era. Some of my friends know this, and thus for Christmas I was sent Midnight Rising. My friend promised me it would be a good read. So far, he is right. I have never read a book about John Brown, though he has always intrigued me. This book is well written and moves at a good pace. John Brown is one of the most enigmatic figures in history. His impact and importance in the run up to the Civil War, can not be underestimated.

Well, there are the books I am beginning the new year reading. What are yours? Remember, reading is not just fundamental, it is also necessary – just like doing the laundry. Let’s get ‘er done! You’ll be glad you did.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Terry Porter permalink
    January 9, 2012 10:20 pm

    We’ve decided to start off reading 3 of R.C. Sproul’s “classics” – The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Pleasing God. In addition to those we will be going through the synoptics.

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