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As you know by now, I am an avid book reader. I love books. I love the perspectives and thoughts that come from others. I think we have a lot to learn from each other and books are a great way to do that. If you use the excuse that you don’t like to read, then do what I do when I am traveling. Use the app Audible. It is a great way to get through books and all you have to do is listen. In fact, in some regard I retain more listening to books than I do reading. Either way, over the course of this year I will posting some of the books I am reading with some quotes for you to get a glimpse into the books I am reading. This will be a living blog post, meaning I will keep updating throughout the year. What would you recommend we read this year?
“God is going to reveal me as a flawed human being as fast as he can and he’s going to enjoy it because it will force me to grapple with real intimacy.”
“Sometimes the story we’re telling the world isn’t half as endearing as the one that lives inside us.”
“Remarkably, the most common regret of the dying was this: they wish they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life others expected of them.”
“I thought about how there are so many lies in fear. So much deception. What else keeps us from living a better story than fear?”
“It makes me wonder how many people have damaged their own lives by mistaking enablement for grace?”
“If you talk to people who seem far from God, many tend to admire Jesus, but often can’t stand his followers.”
“What you focus on determines who you become and the impact you have on people around you.”
“God pictures you as someone more awesome and wonderful than your imagination has ever dreamed.”
“It does little good to call ourselves followers of Jesus if our lives and our influence don’t reflect Jesus’ life.”
“To be like Jesus to others, we must see what Jesus sees beneath the surface that’s of infinite worth to God.”
“Sex is a gift from God. It is meant to nurture intimacy in a marriage and forge a bonding of souls.”
“Relationships, sex, and intimacy are God’s ideas, and even though our selfish rebellion fractured God’s good design, God reconciled everything back to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. This includes sex and relationships! Our gracious God has not left us in the dark.”
“Men, let me plead with you: The greatest fight of your life is not lust. You may think it is, but it isn’t. The greatest fight of your life will be rejecting the passivity that has infected your heart since the fall. Your natural default, especially as it pertains to sacrificial leadership of your wife, will be to mutely witness.”
“How much more grand is the work of our Heavenly Father as he pulls together all the varied strands of life to reveal his grand design?”
“But the greatest dream of all is to know God and to know what he has intended for your life.”
“Worship very plainly opens up the healing of all of mankind. The struggle of gender, the struggle of race, the struggle of history, the struggle to find political liberation, the struggle of our own contradictions — nothing can be mended until we understand the symbol of Jesus’ breaking of the bread and pouring of the wine.”
“God the Grand Weaver seeks those with tender hearts so that he can put his imprint on them. Your hurts and your disappointments are part of that design, to shape your heart and the way you feel about reality. The hurts you live through will always shape you. There is no other way.”
“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain”
“So if 195 million people don’t go to church, and the fastest growing religious group is those who believe in nothing, I think it’s safe to say that we live in a mission field.”
“Everything you need to know about God can be summed up in these two ideas. Love dad, and take care of his kids. And by the way, his kids live next door. So at the end of the day, EVERY child of God is responsible for the well being of his brothers and sisters in this world.”
“The people of the world are more ready to receive the “Good News” than we are ready to give it. This needs to change.”
Many of you know that I am an avid reader. I love books and different perspectives. As of this year I have subscribed to the service Audible just so I can get through more books this year. My goal is to read 50 books in 2014. With that said, here is a list of some of my top reads so far this year. (Click the images to link to where you can buy these books.) What books would you add to the discussion? Leave your comments.
Circle Maker by Mark Batterson: This is a great read that takes you through what it looks like when we truly get on our knees and pray circles around the things God has promised. The one thing I have heard from people is that they feel that this gets a little “prosperity gospel,” but I would have to disagree. In fact, about a quarter of the way in he addresses that very issue. This book compelled me to hit my knees more in prayer and to continually come back to what God promises.
Communicating For A Change by Andy Stanley: As someone who communicates weekly, I am always looking for ways to hone my craft and get better. Earlier this year I wanted to get ahold of something that would stretch me and cause me to rethink my process of preparing and preaching. This book was it. I have always been a fan of Andy Stanley’s leadership stuff, but this one hits the nail on the head from a communication standpoint. If you are a preacher, teacher, or communicate in any forum or fashion, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
Fight by Craig Groeschel: In the last year at our church we have started to frame everything we do through the lens of the men in our community. The stats are staggering as to what happens to family if we get men to know Jesus first. In Groeschel’s book he deals with what it looks like to be a man from a biblical perspective, not to mention the fact that we as men should be fighting daily for a life of holiness with Christ. Men, this is a great read that I would recommend you pick up today.
Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker: This is one of those books that I was anticipating all last year. Not just because it is a great book, but because Carlos is a friend of mine. When it came out it did not disappoint. Carlos does a great job of not only sharing his story of ups and downs, but reminds us that every day gives us the opportunity to make moments—whether big or small. We used this book for a men’s event this year on Father’s Day weekend and had Carlos in to speak and share these moments with our men. To say that it was impactful is an understatement. For more on Carlos, you can check out his daily musings HERE!!!
Devoted by Arron Chambers: This is one of those reads that I am so thankful for. In July my friend Arron Chambers handed me the first pre-release copy of this book and asked if I would give it a read. I could not wait to dive into this. The major premise of this book is that we as Christ followers are called to be radically devoted to Jesus. This is a book that every church leader should put into the hands of every new Christ follower. This is a book that reminds us that our call is to be FULLY DEVOTED FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST! Devoted comes out on September 1st and I recommend that each of you pick it up and radically change your life. If you would like to follow more of Arron’s writings check out his blog HERE or pick up a copy of his other books…Eats With Sinners and Remember Who You Are.