Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge is a book that I recommend to so many mom’s and wive’s to help them understand the men in their lives. I’m told that this book does the same thing for men in regard to women.

So, I’m just starting to read it too. My sister loves this book and I can’t wait to see what I learn about the women in my life through the reading of it. If you’re reading it, I’d love to know what you think about it, and if you agree or disagree with what John and Stasi Eldredge say.

The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus

Students in our ministry know that I love this book. I gave away 20+ copies of it in the spring. I’m rereading this book, and challenged again by the call to live faith, the barbarian way.

Erwin McManus pastors, Mosaic, in Los Angeles, California. This church is reaching young adults like few churches do. 80% of the 5,000 attendees of Mosaic are in their 20s or below. McManus’ message resonates with them, and it resonates with me. Check it out.

It’s published by Nelson Books.

Faith of My Fathers by Chris Seay

Chris Seay has been one of the pastors at the forefront of the emerging church movment for some time. His new book Faith of My Fathers is a fascinating look into the way three generations of pastors think about church, ministry and culture.

Chris’ grandfather served as a pastor for years. His father is still a pastor. His two brothers are also involved in ministry. The book is basically a transcript of the conversations that these men had on the following issues:

The Inner Life
Jerks in Ministry
Government and Politics
Social Issues
Racial Issues
Being Yourself

The book is supposed to be released September 1, but our bookstore already had them in stock. I had a hard time putting it down when I picked it up. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you read.

The book is published by Zondervan.

i am not but i know I AM by Louie Giglio

I’m only through the first four chapters, but WOW! I love this book. What a great reminder to me that I am a part of God’s story, and that life doesn’t revolve around me. Chapter three has some great insights into God’s call on Moses’ life. I love these words from that chapter:

“God was telling Moses: I AM the center of everything. I AM running the show. I AM the same every day, forever. I AM the owner of everything. I AM the Lord. I AM the Creator and Sustainer of life. I AM the Savior. I AM more than enough. I AM inexhaustible and immeasurable. I AM God. In a heartbeat, Moses knoew God’s name – and something more. He finally knew his. For if God’s name is I AM, Moses’ name must be I am not. I am not the center of everything. I am not in control. I am not the solution. I am not all-powerful. I am not calling the shots. I am not the owner of anythying. I am not the Lord.”

The book is published by Multnomah. Buy it. It’s worth the cost.


Inspired writing. Literally.

The second book of the Torah is challenging me in new ways.

Last week I reread the story of Moses and the burning bush. After reading the story in my personal devotions, I read what two authors thought about the account in their books. What amazing insight into our God. Check it out.

Velvet Elvis

To say that Rob Bell’s first book Velvet Elvis is creating quite the controversy would be the understatement of the year. Some are calling him a heretic, some are calling him refreshing. What do you think? The book is definitely worth a read. It has created some strong feelings in me. I’ll be writing a comprehensive review about the book later this month. For now, if you’ve read it, or are starting to read it, please leave your thoughts in the comment section of this post.

Read With Me

I love to read. But, I read kind of wierd. I am usually reading several books at once. Over vacation my wife, brother and sister-in-law spent a couple hours talking about Rob Bell’s new book Velvet Elvis. It was two hours of stimulating conversation. While talking it occured to me that there are probably a lot of people who would love to talk about what it is they are reading.

So, I want to give you a chance to do that.

I’m reading six books right now. Some of them are changing me. Some are making me mad. Some are making me think about things that I’ve not spent enough time thinking about it. Here’s what I’m going to do. Each time I begin the process of reading a book, I’m going to put that book title, and sometimes a picture of that book in this blog. I will respond to the book by editing my posts as I get around to it. You can respond with your thoughts about the book by putting a comment in the post about that book. Other readers to this blog will respond back to your comments. This could be fun!

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15