More than writing, more than speaking, I love to read and take in. Here is my favorite reads of 2013 that were both encouraging and helpful. If you have not read these you should…
1) The Treasury Of David by Charles Spurgeon
This commentary on the Psalms is by far the richest and deepest language that I believe David would have approved of. Spurgeon pours out his pen to communicate how David truly was a man after God’s own heart. A must read for anyone who loves the Psalms.
2) Dangerous Calling by Paul David Tripp
I would say that Paul Tripp is the best counselor for anyone in ministry today. Tripp is gut wrenching honest and very to the point. Some pages I read with pain in my heart, and tears in my eyes. A very humbling and convicting read. If you are in any type of ministry this is not an easy read but it is like going into surgery. It is the healthy option.
3) A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
I read this over Christmas break, and I continue to be fascinated by the mind of C.S. Lewis like everyone else. After the death of his wife, Lewis writes a very honest response of all of his feelings and thoughts. Just like the heart and mind of a true mourner, Lewis sometimes is all over the place, but confesses that his true dock in a crazy storm out to sea is always Christ.
4) Am I called by Dave Harvey
Another great read for anyone in or thinking about going into ministry. I went through this book with some college guys and I believe it to be short and to the point about how God calls anyone into ministry.
5) Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey
I grew up thinking that ambition was something to avoid because it never came from a humble heart. I went over to the extreme side of humbleness and realized that not being ambitious with what God has already called you to and has said Himself is not humbleness at all. This is a great book for boys needing to be men, needing to lead the Church under the authority of Christ and get to work!
*Romans – A Commentary by R.C. Sproul. It took me 2 years to finish but it was easy to read and very helpful. Sproul is a fantastic writer!
*Bonhoeffer – by Eric Metaxas. Obviously a great book about a great man of God. I am finding out new and insightful things about Bonhoeffer that I never knew before. Biographies are helpful to us Christians because they tell the story of brothers and sisters in Christ who have already finished their race, and encourages us how to run our own!
I am planning to read or currently reading: A year with C.S. Lewis, Suffering by Tim Keller, God’s Passion For His Glory by John Piper, and Pastor As Scholar by Piper and D.A. Carson.