Recent Reading

It’s been awhile since I updated the books page, so I thought I’d let you know it has been updated.

Books I Am Reading Right Now

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

By Barbara W. Tuchman

This fascinating look into the high middle ages keeps me company on my rides to work. I am listening to it; almost certainly, I would fall asleep trying to read all the French names.

Just Walk Across the Room

By Bill Hybels

Yet again, Hybels has rethought his approach to things. One of the things I admire about Hybels is that he is always willing to admit that his “megachurch” doesn’t have things completely right. This is an excellent book on evangelism.

The Church You’ve Always Wanted

By E. Glenn Wagner and Steve W. Halliday

This book was excellent. I’m not quite finished with it; but I’ve stolen this fall’s sermon series from the authors…I mean, I have borrowed creatively from their resources.

Out the Question…Into the Mystery

By Leonard Sweet

An interesting book on the relational nature of Christianity. Not nearly as interesting as some of the other books I’m reading right now; but still not bad.

 

Books I’ve Read This Year

1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

By Roger Crowley

God and Empire

By John Dominic Crossan

A Briefer History of Time

By Stephen Hawking 

Master and Commander

By Patrick O’Brian

Blue Like Jazz

By Donald Miller

I listened to this book on audio rather than read it this year. Still poignant and catalytic.

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

By Bill Bryson

Rare is the month that I’m not reading something by Bryson.

 

Classics Worth Reading Over and Over Again


Who is My Enemy? Welcoming People the Church Rejects

By Nathan Rich
I cannot even begin to express the impact this book had on my way of
viewing “the world.” It is a must read for every minister.


Biblical Preaching, Second Edition

By Haddon Robinson
This book more than any other gives a foundation for preaching from the
Bible.


Preaching to a Postmodern World

By Graham Johnston
Johnston is in every way Haddon Robinson’s successor in the way he
presents the art of preaching in our current context. A must read.


They Call Me Pastor

By H.B. London


On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work

By Derek Prime & Alistair Begg
Both this book and They Call Me Pastor are amazing works on the office of a pastor.



Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Purity One Victory at a Time

By Stephen Arterburn



Too Busy Not to Pray, 10th Anniversary Edition, softcover

By Bill Hybels



Rediscovering Church: The Story and Vision of Willow Creek Community Church

By Bill Hybels



Essential Manager’s Manual

By Robert Heller


The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons,
and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community

By Ray Oldenburg

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