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2013 Top Ten

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FICTION


The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene

A fiction book takes the top spot on my list this year. This was a recommendation, and it truly was a great book. Greene is a wonderful writer, who weaves a complex story with memorable characters that struggle with deep issues. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work.


CHRISTIAN LIVING


I intentionally tried not to read too many popular level Christian-ese books published this year (however, I acquired quite a few free offerings on my Kindle), but these were a few that I thought were worth the time.

The Shepherd Leader in the Home,Timothy Witmer.

This book is patterned after The Shepherd Leader, a book written for church leadership, of which I also read. Witmer did a good job adapting the same premise for the home. It’s a solidly structured book that is very beneficial in working through how one should shepherd their home in each realm of family life.


BIOGRAPHICAL


The Death of a Guru, Rabi Maharaj

This book was fascinating, as I’m about to be immersed in this culture that I don’t know much about. But more than the cultural and religious introduction it offered, it was an awesome look at the power of the Word and they way that God is working to draw all people to himself. I am convinced that we should read more books like this in order to open our eyes beyond our circles.


FANTASY


This is probably the area that I expanded my reading the most this year, and for good reason. It captivates me. I love the thought world of the imagination. Not as a place to live, but as a way to expand my mind and my imagination. I think there are huge implications for this in our life of faith.

The Book of the Dun Cow, Walter Wangerin

This made Kevin DeYoung’s “best of” list a few years ago and I ordered it then but just got around to reading it. I really enjoyed it. It’s a vividly told tale exploring themes of good and evil.

Phantastes, George MacDonald

Probably still my favorite author of all time. This is another wonderful book exploring a fantasy world that only MacDonald could create. His seemingly endless creativity draws me in over and over to the places he creates.

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

My first read of this one. I’m not sure what I thought this book was like, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was surprised and pleased by what I encountered. It was more of a modern scientific children’s adventure, but has many themes woven in throught.

The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald

The second MacDonald book on the list. It’s the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin that I read last year. Just great storytelling. It’s a fun tale and a fitting ending.


HISTORICAL

The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin

Overall this was an interesting book. I loved hearing the stories of the WWI vets who were all over 100 years old. I loved their memories of the war, and the things that stuck out to them that were worth being remembered. However, Rubin added a lot to this book outside the interviews. He is apparently a big music fan, and introduced many chapters of material that didn’t seem to flow, or fit his main goal.

River of Doubt, Candice Millard

I really enjoyed this book, though, I have the same critique of this one as I did of Rubin’s. Millard seemed to go on “evolutionist” rants throughout the book. I’m not sure how it related to Roosevelt’s journey, but she seemed to think it important. Definitely author’s prerogative, but I didn’t feel it added to the otherwise suspenseful adventure of chartering down and unknown Amazonian river.


BIBLICAL STUDIES

Studies in Matthew, Dale Allison
The Sermon on the Mount, Dale Allison

Allison was a surprise read for me. A highly technical scholar, most famous for his ICC commentary on Matthew with Davies, I found him very engaging and not overly difficult to read. There was something simple about his interpretation that is very convincing. I found myself agreeing, or rather, being persuaded by his arguments on many levels.

Gospel and Kingdom, Graeme Goldsworthy

I just had to order this when I saw it was back in print a single volume. It’s been highly recommended many times and is a very good sketch on the Kingdom. Very helpful.

Written by Corey

December 23rd, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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Fall Weekends

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The weekends are becoming more and more beautiful as we march on into the Fall season. The mornings are cooler and cooler, my favorite part. The air becomes crisp and you can see the season change all around you. I love it.

I feel a little guilty, though, especially on a few of these weekends out of every month because Kristen is not here to share them with me. Off to slave away at work she goes early on these Saturday mornings. Though, secretly I rather relish in the opportunity to be up so early on a Saturday. There’s plenty to be done around the apartment, and I have ample time for reading and study for my Sunday lessons. An extra pot of coffee is made and I am able to sit down at my desk and immerse myself in Paul’s world as he wrote to the Ephesians. What a blessed time! The Lord is gracious. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Holiness

I’ve also been plowing through a good ‘ole used book I purchased with some birthday money. It’s one of those books that has been referenced so many times in articles I’ve read, and in conversations that I’ve listened to, I thought I would see what all the fuss was about. I’m not even half way through and it’s already lived up to the hype. The book I’m talking about is J.C. Ryle’s, Holiness: It’s Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots.

It’s a great book. Ryle is a very accessible and clear writer. His chapters are laid out very well and it’s easy to follow his arguments as he lays them out, often in points. I summarized one of the chapters over at the Tent if you’d like a sample of how he breaks down “True Practical Holiness.” He goes into much more depth on each point, and they are filled willed Scripture references. Always encouraging and edifying to see the author pulling his points directly from Scripture.

This is a book that needs to be read by the modern church. The first edition of this book was published in 1883. It’s an old book, but what testifies to it’s timelessness (really the timelessness of Scripture) is that so many of the issues that were prevalent in Ryle’s day, and that he was writing against and reacting to, are prevalent in our day. Not only are they prevalent, but many of them have been completely forgotten by the church today. And there are things that need not be forgotten. We need to remember. We need to be reminded.

“Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” -Hebrews 12:14

Written by Corey

October 15th, 2011 at 10:25 am

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to the golden shore

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To the Golden Shore

To The Golden Shore is the biography of Adoniram Judson. I could hardly put this book down once I began reading it. A missionary to Burma, Judson translated the entire Bible into the Burmese language. He left as a young man and only returned to America once, after 35 years on the field, in the hope of his wife recovering from an illness. He later returned to Burma and spent the rest of his life where he lived the most of his life, on the golden shores…

This is truly an inspiring book. And it is by far the best Valentine’s Day gift I’ve ever received. Thank you, my Dearest. May the Lord use the life and the story of this man to further his Kingdom.

If you enjoy biographies, I highly recommend this one. Even if you don’t, and you want a little Baptist history, I suggest you pick up a copy of this book.

You will be challenged and forever changed.

Written by Corey

March 3rd, 2010 at 2:38 pm

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