I LOVE TO READ!! Yes, I said it and I’m proud of it! As someone who loves books, it concerns me when I see poll after poll declaring that we as a country are reading less, especially the young, and even more troubling when we read, we’re comprehending less!
With that in mind, I will periodically recommend books that I have enjoyed, and which have challenged me regarding my faith and how we are to be people of faith in this world.
Here are the first two I would recommend:
- Piper, John. Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Colorado Spring: Multnomah Books, 2011.
Originally published over 25 years ago, this has become a classic work emphasizing that the life of faith should not be one of robotic obedience to a multitude of laws seeking to gain God’s favor, but one in which our sole purpose is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever! Let that sink in for a few minutes.
- Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.
How do I summarize one of the most influential books of my life in a few sentences? Dr. Willard simply took Jesus’ greatest sermon – the Sermon on the Mount – and challenged the twentieth-century church regarding it’s woeful conception of discipleship! Every time I read this book, I learn something new, and I’m humbled by the wisdom of Dr. Willard.
More to come later! Let me know how you like these books.