Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Reading List

As you begin all the adventures that your summer holds take some time to read a few good books during your travels or while relaxing on the beach. The following is a list of books that I have either read recently or am in process of reading now. All highly recommended or they would not be on this list.

1. What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, Changing the World by Steve Addison

Sometimes we get so caught up in the power of Jesus shouting from the cross, "It is finished!" that we forget that Jesus started something. What Jesus started was a movement that began small, with intimate conversations designed to build disciples into apostles who would go out in the world and seed it with God's kingdom vision. That movement grew rapidly and spread wide as people recognized the truth in it and gave their lives to the power of it. That movement is still happening today, and we are called to play our part in it.

2. Letters From A Skeptic: A Son Wrestles With His Father's Questions About Christianity by Greg Boyd

I just finished this book and although I do not agree with everything theological that Greg Boyd presents, this book is packed full of goodness. This is a good handbook for all believers to have when dialoguing with their unsaved family or friends as it addresses all of the big and hard questions that people will likely throw at you. 

3. True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia by Jerry Bridges

Fellowship among believers is more than just talking over coffee after church service. Biblical fellowship in New Testament times—or koinonia—had rich and varied meanings, including covenant relationship, partnership in the gospel, communion with God and others, and the sharing of earthly possessions.

4. The Camel: How Muslims Are Coming to Faith in Christ by Kevin Greeson 

Although I am very familiar with the concepts that this book has to offer, I have never taken the time to read through and study it. I encourage all of you in Christ to read this as every year more and more of our neighbors and co-workers are of the Islamic faith. I actually had the privilege to meet Greeson last month, who gave me the impression of a very genuine man who desires to see Muslims come to Christ. Really spend some time in this one and help prepare yourself to win your Muslim friends to Jesus!

5. Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark Driscoll

In Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, share how they have struggled and how they have found healing through the power of the only reliable source: the Bible. They believe friendship is fundamental to marriage but not easy to maintain. So they offer practical advice on how to make your spouse your best friend – and keep it that way. And they know from experience that sex-related issues need to be addressed directly.

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