It Was Very Good: God, Genesis, and the Joys of Faith

Give us Jesus Christ the Reconciler,
              Our hope for peace in a broken world.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
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Summer Reading List 2014 (Part 1) 

Bring the books (2 Timothy 4:13).

It is the time of year when Karen and I share some summer reading suggestions. We do so hoping that you will discover afresh the soul-shaping delights of reading good books. The quotation above, a request from Paul to his friend Timothy, reveals how important reading was to the Apostle. That shouldn’t surprise us, since books have always been central to the people of God. In a different light, consider this comment from Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google:
I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something. And I worry that we’re losing that.

So here are our recommendations for your growth and enjoyment. “Tolle lege: take up and read.”

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You, by John Ortberg (Amazon: $16.98). This is the latest release by one of our favorite devotional authors. It combines an easy read with profound insight. How is your soul? For that matter, what is a soul? How does it connect to things like anxiety, fear, and loneliness? And how does faith in Christ shape it? Tolle lege.
The Man Christ Jesus, by Bruce Ware (Amazon: $13.88). The deity of Christ is central to our Christian faith. So is his sinless humanity. But what does it mean that Jesus was fully human without sin? And how does that help in relation to temptation, wisdom, faith, and living in the Holy Spirit? Tolle lege.
Sycamore Row, by John Grisham (Amazon: $16.32). Lawyer Jake Brigance, hero of Grisham’s A Time to Kill, has to defend a contentious will, hand-written by the deceased just days before he took his own life. At the heart of the controversy are racism, history, and millions of dollars. Tolle lege.
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, by Alexander McCall Smith (Amazon: $17.68). Even though this is the fourteenth installment in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, it is as heartwarming as ever. Themes of friendship, forgiveness, childbirth, and beauty are swirled together in urban and rural Botswana. If you’ve never met Mma Ramotswe, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, and Mma Makutsi, now is the time! Tolle lege.