What Are You Reading This Summer?
Summer has officially started (June 20th). Now that might not be a big deal for you folks in other regions of the country. But for us Midwesterners, it’s huge. The doors swing open and the screens on the windows are in full use.
Aside from the beautiful weather, I personally find it a great time to get some good reading in. Especially in coffee shops, because this time of the year (in the Midwest), there’s no crowd. After all, who drinks hot coffee in the summertime? Well, I do (T) and it tastes even better when accompanied by a good book.
I was waiting for my brothers (T, Carter, Phil) to let us in on their “bookness” this summer, but it looks like they were waiting me out this time. Perhaps they’ll chime in and give us some good reading ideas for the season before it’s gone.
Well here’s my list with a bit of commentary on the one’s I’ve started already.
- Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification, by Sinclair Ferguson.
This read by one of my favorite authors is proving again why I turn to Sinclair for doctrinal clarity and practicality. The men of New Life are reading this together and discussing it during our Breakfast fellowships, so I started reading it a few months ago. But it was blessing me so much I read ahead. Sinclair takes ten scripture passage that focus on sanctification and expounds them. In chapter four titled, “A Different Kind of Death”, he expounds . If you want to drink deeply from our Union and Communion with Christ, chapter four is worth the price of the entire book. Speaking of Paul, Dr. Ferguson writes: “Sin once exercised total dominion over his body. It was in this sense ‘the body of sin’. Sin exercised its rule through his mortal body. But now, in Christ, that dominion has been broken. Grace now reigns through righteousness leading to eternal life. As a bodily individual he has been set free from his old ‘ethsinity’ and brought into the kingdom in which Christ now reigns. His body is no longer the fertile soil for the weeds of sin to grow as it once did.”
- Union and Communion with Christ, by Maurice Roberts.
In eighteen short but powerful chapters, Maurice Roberts opens up what it means to be in Union and Communion with Christ. I’m currently using this book as a devotional, as suggested by Joel Beeke in the Foreword. The chapters range from six to seven pages and provide a hearty and practical diet of truth on a subject that does not get too much attention today.
- The Hole in our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung
I’m currently reading this work by DeYoung with a brother in the Church. We both are enjoying the passion for holy living coming from the author as we read his words. Here’s a quote to let you know what you’re in for when you read this book.
The Bible could not be any clearer. The reason for your entire salvation, the design behind your deliverance, the purpose for which God chose you in the first place is holiness. (Kindle Locations 330-332).
- 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Volume 1, by Nick Needham
This is a four Volume set. In Volume one Needham covers the 1st Century to the start of the Middle Ages. If you want to do some reading on Church history, Needham’s work comes highly recommended.
- Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward T. Welch.
As the title indicates, this book is about dealing with feeling worthless, inferior, rejected, weak, and humiliated. I wanted to better serve the countless number of people who suffer like this. So I turned to a well-respected source in Christian counseling, Dr. Welch. Maybe and that’s a big maybe, when I finish I’ll post some insights.
- The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream by Chris Lehmann.
Browsing through the history section of Barnes and Noble, this book caught my eye. After reading a portion, I thought it sounded interesting. Just the title itself caused my eyebrows to raise. Not sure where this is going to end up, but I’m looking forward to the trip.
Well, that about does it for my summer reading plan. Not sure if I’ll get through them all, but I know I will enjoy some good cups of coffee trying.
Why don’t you c’mon up and tell us what you’re reading this summer.
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. (ESV)