“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries” ~ Rene Descartes
The Lord has gifted us with an ability to read, ability to comprehend, and the ability to discern when we are fluent in His Word and reliant upon His Spirit. Reading forces us to come mind to mind with individuals who have thought before us, forcing us to ponder ideas we may not have otherwise considered. So, with the work of the Holy Spirit, the Lord can use what we read to influence us towards Christlikeness. It is an integral aspect to the Christian life (although reading of any material is not a substitute for reading Scripture and all things should be read in light of Scripture). Hoping to motivate you to read also, I share with you the books that I have read in the past month (click the titles to learn more at Amazon about these books):
- Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop: A compelling read about the discipline of lament. Read my review by clicking here.
- Evangelism: How to Share the Gospel Faithfully edited by John MacArthur: Lots of information to consider with some valid points about the practice of evangelism.
- Images and Idols: Creativity for the Christian Life by Thomas Terry and J. Ryan Lister: I have never considered creativity from a biblical perspective and appreciated the fact that this compelled me to.
- Sola edited by Jason Allen: An incredibly short book that brings in a lot of information about the five solas of the reformation. Read my review by clicking here.
- The Theft of America’s Soul by Phil Robertson: Phil Robertson examines ten lies that impact our culture and he counters them with ten biblical truths. Review is forthcoming.
- 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short: The author just couldn’t keep from crossing the line which made the book concerning. Read my review by clicking here.
- Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler: A continuation in one of the mystery series that I follow.
- The Horse & His Boy and Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis:I have been working my way through the Chronicles of Narnia again, and finished up two more this past month.
- Swirly by Sara Saunders: I don’t usually include the books I read to my children on my list, but I read it five times last month to them and it is a unique book for third-culture kids, so I find it noteworthy.
Because of the busyness of furlough, my last few months of reading have not been as strong as I would like and the reading I have done has been oriented towards books that I can simply relax with, which is what you see on this list. However, April has been a bit better for me and I have been working my way through some heavier (and thicker) books that I will be excited to share with you next month. As you look at the month of April and into the month of May, what are your reading goals for this month?