As a campus minister, I have more time to read and study in the summer than any other time throughout the year. This past summer was a great learning season for me. In keeping with what my blog is all about, I wanted to share what I’ve been reading…
“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown
This was the perfect message at just the right time for me. After reading it, I simplified big time. I gave away over half of my clothes, took email off my phone, and scheduled a weekly date night with Katie. I’ve never taken more decisive, practical action after reading a book.
“God on Campus: Sacred Causes & Global Effects” by Trent Sheppard
I’d been meaning to get to this one for a long time. It did not disappoint! The book’s all about how God has moved through universities, on college campuses, and through college students over the years. It was inspiring and hopeful. And, it turns out, Nooma will be releasing a “God on Campus” series…
“Prayers from the Pit: What the Ten Prayers of Jesus Teach About Praying in Times of Pain” by Chris Altrock
“God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer” by Pete Greig
“Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, & Lead” by Brene Brown
“Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People” by Jim Cymbala
“Paul: In Fresh Perspective” by N.T. Wright
This book was required reading in a grad school class but I decided to go back to it this summer. I love N.T. Wright’s straightforward approach to reading Scripture. A lot of what he writes about is the “new perspective” on Paul. Basically, he takes the Scriptures at their word and concludes that Paul was thoroughly Jewish, a thought that wasn’t prevalent in the early 20th century when biblical scholarship mainly came out of Germany.
What have you been reading? I’d really like to know.