These are the books I’m currently reading and have just finished from last month. Every 4th Tuesday we share our reading lists at 5 Minutes for Books.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Emmuska Orczy
Do you ever read a book just to knock it off your TBR list? It’s now or never for this one. I’m only a few pages into this novel about the French Revolution, published in 1905. I’m having flashbacks to listening to A Tale of Two Cities and the long list of French words I couldn’t understand. So far this one isn’t as hard, and is just as interesting. But I’m not above using cheat notes if it gets complicated.
The Explicit Gospel
by Matthew Chandler
I listened to the audiobook last summer, but, honestly, my mind wandered a lot during it. So now I’m reading it for Crossway’s new book review program (check it out if you’re a blogger who likes to read!). From what I remember, Chandler stays focused in on pure gospel and our need to keep Jesus at the center of it all. I always like that message.
The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
Another book from my TBR list. This one is about staying in the moment, which is something I need reminding of often. Originally published in 1997, it became popular once Oprah Winfrey declared it recommended reading in 2000. What I’ve read in it so far is very, very intriguing.
by G. K. Chesterton
Another older classic (1908), I’m finding it’s more humorous and easier to read than I’d expected. Chesterton’s philosophy has also been somewhat surprising–a little less left-brained than I assumed it’d be. But I like it. For instance, “Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity….[The ordinary man] has always left himself free to doubt his gods; but (unlike the agnostic of to-day) free also to believe in them. He has always cared more for truth than consistency. If he saw two truths that seemed to contradict each other, he would take the two truths and the contradiction along with them.”
What Happens When You Discover the Powerful Secrets of a God-Breathed Life
by Chris Hodges
I listen to Chris Hodges’ sermons at Church of the Highlands every week either online or when we go to church with Jenna in Auburn. Pastor Chris is Jesus-centered, practical, and a great story-teller. He did a series of sermons on “Fresh Air” a year or so ago that I enjoyed, so I know I’ll continue enjoying the message in the book.
FINISHED FROM JANUARY’S NIGHTSTAND
tuesdays with Morrie
an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lessons
by Mitch Albom
Oh, if you haven’t already, read this one! It’s a true story of interviews between Mitch Albom and his old college professor Morrie Schwartz as Morrie was dying of ALS. The lessons about living and dying are poignant and will touch you. It was originally published in 1997 and was made into a movie in 1999.
And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
This novel is an intricate weaving of story through time and space, one thread picked for a chapter here, another thread for a chapter there, but blended artistically about a family in Afghanistan and how the circumstances of peace and war and poverty and love reached into several families and generations. Hosseini is also the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, neither of which I’ve read, but now I want to.
Does Jesus Really Love Me?
A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America
by Jeff Chu
This is a book of conversations Jeff Chu had with people across the country about what it means to be Christian and gay in America. He touches on a wide variety of views, conservative and liberal, and raises for himself more questions than answers, but thankfully he does conclude that yes, Jesus really does love him.
When I Don’t Desire God
How to Fight for Joy
by John Piper
Another classic John Piper book with his life’s message: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Piper takes our calling to have joy in God very seriously, as something we need to purposely seek, not just some icing on the cake if we can get it. So when we don’t have that joy (and even when we do), this book is a great resource for restoring and maintaining our passion for God.
Strength to Love
by Martin Luther King Jr.
I highly recommend this book of some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons. It will inspire you to reach higher and stand firmer for the rights of all people, not just those like you. Whenever we discriminate against any, not only are we doing wrong to them, we’re doing wrong to ourselves as well. Love sets us all free.
Made for Goodness
And Why This Makes All the Difference
by Desmond Tutu
I’ve always heard of Desmond Tutu, but didn’t really know who he was. This book helped clarify to me what a gentle giant he is. He’s seen so many heart-breaking things in his life in South Africa, yet he remains hopeful because of his faith in God and in humankind. This encouraged me to do the same.
Ethics for the New Millennium
by Dalai Lama XIV
This was another first–I’d never read anything by the Dalai Lama, but I’m glad I finally did. Although we obviously differ on religious beliefs (he’s Buddhist), we agree on basic principles of living a compassionate life (he’s just much better at living it than I am!). He’s quite an interesting soul with much to say to the world about love and peace, and I’d like to read more of his writings.
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus
How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
by Ann Spangler
Months later, I finally finished this one. I recommend it to anyone who likes to dig underneath the Biblical texts to discover more of the Jewish roots. Not everything is “wow!” information, but the quantity of little-known nuggets makes it worth the read. I also recommend Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus for the same reasons.
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