Good reads

I have been doing a fair amount of reading this summer (as I mentioned in a post a while back).  Here’s a list of books I have read and ones that I am working on (and will be working on).

(1) Rediscovering the Lord’s Prayer by Art Simon.
This book gave me a new and exciting way to look at the Lord’s Prayer.  So often we pray this great prayer that our Savior taught us, and don’t truly think about what we are praying for.  We are asking for a lot in this prayer.  It’s a short book (128 pgs.) and a quick read.

(2) Christless Christianity by Michael Horton.
This was a scary book but a true commentary on the Church and our culture.  It talked about a shift that is talking place in the world (including the Church) where Christ is being preached less and less.  Instead of talking about what God has done for us in Jesus, what is being preached is what we need to do in order to have our best life now.  It’s 259 pgs and it will require you to slow down and think about what is being written.  Even though it may not be a quick read it is well worth the time.

(3) Baptism: A Users Guide by Martin E. Marty.
This book is written for people who are desiring baptism, those who perform baptisms, those who are baptized, etc.  Basically, it’s for anyone.  It is a well written book talking about the ins and outs of baptism.  This is a quick read (161 pgs) with discussion questions at the end.

(1) Various sermons by Martin Luther
Basically you can’t go wrong reading a little Luther.

(1) Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias.
I haven’t read anything by Zacharias before but have heard great things about him.  Having just read the introduction I can’t say a whole lot about this book now but I might have more to say later.

I am still working on this list but one book that was recommended to me was a book by John Piper called Finally Alive. If you have any other good reads for me please feel free to let me know.  I am compiling a list and I will see what I get through this summer.

It has been such a treat to slow down and read, read and then read some more.  I am trying to open myself to different things and explore topics that I haven’t spent a lot of time in.  My hope is that once I get into the busyness of the school year I can continue the discipline of reading.  Continuing education is extremely important for personal and professional growth.

So…what are you reading? And…what have you read?

God bless!


7 thoughts on “Good reads

  1. Anything by John Eldredge, particularly “Waking the Dead”. I have just finished reading that book, “Wild at Heart” and “Epic” (all by John Eldredge, and all very good) and I can’t recommend them enough.

    • Thanks Mike, I just wrote those titles down and added them to my list. It looks like I am going to be busy…in a very good way.

      Thanks again!

  2. Thanks for including a couple of brief Augsburg Fortress-published titles on your list! Here are two more you might like that we have published:

    “They Are Us: Lutherans & Immigration” by Stephen Bouman & Ralston Deffenbaugh


    “A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation” by Rick Rouse & Craig Van Gelder (full disclosure…Rick is my husband…but, I’d still think it was a helpful book even if I wasn’t married to him!)

    And, a couple of business books that I have recently enjoyed that I think have merit for congregational leaders are:

    “What Would Google Do?” by Jeff Jarvis


    “Born Digital” by John Palfrey & Urs Gasser.

    Happy reading!
    Blessings, Beth

    Beth Lewis, President & CEO
    Augsburg Fortress

    • I have heard of the first two you mentioned and have wondered about them. Thanks for the recommendations.

  3. “The Water-Babies” by the Reverend Charles Kingsley because it’s on my “1001 books to read before I die list”, “The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton to the kids, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck to fall asleep, the tail end of “The Screwtape Letters” by C. S. Lewis as research, “Euthyphro” because it’s my favorite classic and “2 John” which I might even finish tonight ;).

    • Intriguing list, Mark. I have read The Screwtape Letter but it has been a very long time. It might be time to revisit it. As for the others I will check into them. Thanks for the suggestions.

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