Living for the Glory of God ~ Vivir para la Gloria de Dios

Unshelved ~ What I Read in September, 2018

In one of the groups I am part of online, someone asked the question how best to start a theological library. The response of one of the participants was a quote that said this:
When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes (Desiderius Erasmus).
While certainly this is not behavior that I would condone, many readers can relate to the satirical comment. The knowledge brought forth from reading can be used by God and converted into wise living, but it requires that we first be readers. The priority of reading should simply be Scripture first and everything else second.
As a way to stimulate and encourage others in their reading, here is a quick look at the books I read this past month.

Books About Relationships:

In some form or another, these books depict relationships, whether it be with one another, with fellow believers, or with God. Some seek to cause readers to develop more profound relationships while others demonstrate sin’s impact upon those relationships.
  • Caring for One Another (Edward Welch): How should Christians relate to one another. Welch shares much in an 80-page book (you can read my review here).
  • Made for His Pleasure (Alistair Begg): Alistair Begg delivers a powerful series of writings on the Christian life in relationship to God ( a review is forthcoming).
  • All the Best (George H.W. Bush): George H.W. Bush’s life through the letters he has written. I have a greater appreciation for the former president after reading this book and the fears he shared many years ago (especially in the 70’s) are being played out today.
  • Glass Houses (Louise Penney): The last book in my journey through the Inspector Gamache series (until the next book is released in November).
  • White Death (Clive Cussler): I enjoy mysteries, but I limit myself to only five authors in this genre; Cussler is one of those. These aren’t profound, but they provide some enjoyment for me.
  • The Yellow House Mystery (Gertrude Chandler): What got me started on mysteries? The Boxcar Children series. We’ve purchased some of the books for our children, and so occasionally I’ll pick one up to read in an evening.
  • No Easy Day (Mark Owen): Owen recounts being part of the operation that sought out Osama Bin Laden. The book is written partly as an autobiography and partly to convey his version of the events.
Other Tidbits of Reading:
  • A Theology of James: Wisdom for God’s People (Christopher Morgan): Morgan’s book on the theology of James is a worthwhile read for those studying the epistle. He draws connections between passages and examines the flow of thought.
  • I’d Rather Be Reading (Anne Bogel): A book about reading. Enough said. Bogel offers selected thoughts about the art of reading (You can read my review of the book here).
  • Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA (Nirmala Nataraj): My son has been excited about space and so this was a book he received for his birthday. It’s definitely not a Christian book with an old earth perspective and advocating the Big Bang theory. However, the pictures are stunning and give one an appreciation for God’s creation.
This month, we enter into the final trimester of the year and with a look at what I read this month, let me ask you, “How do you plan to finish your reading year well?” Perhaps it is worthwhile picking up a book or two that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t to maintain your motivation.
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