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Top Books I Read in 2019

I ended up reading 43 books in 2019. That surprised me. Reading is deeply enjoyable for me, and as you’ll see from this year’s list, it involved spirituality, nonfiction, and fiction as brain candy. Let me know what you read last year that you think I’d enjoy, and also if something I recommend makes it onto your 2020 list.

Book Review: “The Rest of God”

This book is intended to either restore or bequeath sabbath to you. It will show you that you are designed to enjoy the Sabbath and that God made a day of rest on purpose – for us. It’s not a day to relished as a “day off.” Rather, when you recover Sabbath in your life, you will find yourself re-learning how to enjoy and revel in Him.

Book Review: “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation”

A book that claims to forge a new path and create a sexual “reformation” is nothing less than an angry diatribe against traditional (and biblical) Christian teaching about the beauty of sexuality within God’s design and desire.

What are you reading?

Here’s a quick look at two books I’m currently reading and enjoying. Help me develop my “next list” by sharing what you’re also reading. If you’re not my “friend” on Goodreads, let’s link up.

Review: “Openness Unhindered” by Rosario Butterfield

Rosario Butterfield’s second book is a beautifully-written and vulnerable reflection on life as a Christian heterosexual after years of living as a non-Christian lesbian. Her scriptural faithfulness and commitment to re-examining sexuality in general in the middle of a cultural firestorm has gotten this book banned from Amazon.

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 2

Part 2 of the review of Andy Stanley’s book “Deep & Wide..” We must learn to think deeply again. We’ve become like the “Modern Family” sitcom in our ecclesiology – adrift and in reaction mode to what’s happening around us. We have no strategy and act like we have no mission. We’re simply in our church living rooms spouting off one-liners and have become the slapstick of society. Our youth and college students struggle to apply (or even know) scriptural principles to living and decisions.

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 1

Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley was one of the books I began 2014 reading with Dave Farris, our campus pastor in Pulaski, Virginia. Andy is the pastor of North Point Church near Atlanta, and his book Visioneering is on… Continue Reading →

Review: The Principle of the Path

I don’t know how Andy Stanley consistently communicates with such simplicity and power. Every time I read something by him or listen to him preach or give a talk at a conference, I find myself thinking, “That’s pretty self-evident.” Yet,… Continue Reading →

Review: “Radical Together”

David Platt’s Radical Together is a followup to his book Radical and is intended to be a tome for the corporate church rather than for the individual Christian. Platt’s first book was an in-your-face approach intended to slap, sometimes not too… Continue Reading →

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