Summer. 'Tis the season for vacations and car rides and quiet evenings out on the deck. Which means summer is the season for books. I am frequently asked about the books I'm reading so here's some of my 2015 Summer Reading List
The Compelling Community: When God's Power Makes a Church Attractive by Jamie Dunlop and Mark Dever. A major area of my ministry is our growth groups, so I read broadly on the topic of community. I was excited to see 9Marks release a book on the topic.
Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield. Rosaria Butterfield's new book is to be released in a few weeks. Her book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert was so captivating that I can't wait to get my hands on her new book. The rumor is that it's better than the first.
Luther on the Christian Life by Carl Trueman. Having read and loved Luther's Concerning Christian Liberty in preparation for our "Gray Matters" series and having read other books by Trueman in the last year, this was an obvious choice. Trueman is a careful historian who helps us drink richly from church history rather than out-of-context tweets.
Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke. When Tim Challies interviewed the author, Tony Reinke, about the book Tony said, "John Newton was a practical man, so I aimed to write a practical book. In the words of one biographer, Newton was a man of utility - he had zero patience with pie-in-the-sky theory and speculation. He helped ordinary Christians navigate the challenges of their busy lives, and I hope this does the same." That one line hooked me.
I always have a fiction book going. I just finished Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, so I'm not sure what I'll read next. I read work of classic fiction every year, and each year I tell myself, "This is the year I'll read Les Miserables." I've been saying that for ten years. Maybe 2015!
In additon to some new books, I need to reread three books that I read in the last few years. I'll be rereading The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert with some friends, Future Men by Douglas Wilson with some fathers of sons, Kevin DeYoung's Taking God At His Word. DeYoung is gifted at taking timely, theological topics and making them accessible and understandable for any audience.
I'm reading The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald to my children right now. I wanted to read it because it is on many recommended reading lists for children and because MacDonald's worldview and style was highly influential on C.S. Lewis. It's a delightful story with caves and creatures and secret passageways. And yes, even goblins! The biggest weakness with the book is the title which may imply it's a book for girls. But one of the main characters is a ten-year-old miner boy named Curdie who loves to antagonize goblins.
So there you have it. You don't have to read all or any of these books, but please at the very least, read something!