For some reason this month FLEW by (those 28 days get me) and I found myself with less time for reading. But already the discipline of tracking what I read and writing these little reviews of books has made me want to read more! Next month I’m planning to be more disciplined to set aside time to rest and read, and I already have some books in mind that I’m so excited for!
Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung: This is a super short book that I would highly recommend to every believer. It’s less than 100 pages and only takes a couple hours (if that) to read. I’ve actually read this book quite a few times, but try to squeeze it into my reading every year or so, because DeYoung’s insight is just so helpful for the Christian life. I find his wisdom to be especially helpful to young adults, college students, and anyone trying to make a big decision and wondering “what is God’s will in this?” GO READ IT NOW!
This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper: I listened to the audio version of this book and was able to draw so much good wisdom out of Piper’s words. There were times where he was a little repetitive, but this circling around the same point from different angles proved to be helpful. All that to say, overall this book was insightful and helped explain the big picture of marriage (for God’s glory) and how that affects different aspects of marriage.
The Pastor, by Eugene Peterson: This is one of Matthew’s favorite books, and Eugene has quickly become one of my favorite spiritual writers. In this book Eugene tells about his life and formation as a pastor. Eugene cleverly and clearly weaves Gospel truths into his story and experiences, explaining in beautiful detail the things he’s learned over the years, coloring it all with stories from his childhood that somehow always have such an impactful and important theme or lesson tied in.
Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife, by Kay Warren: I also listened to this book on audio, rather than reading it in print. There were quite a few helpful truths that I drew from this book, including Kay’s admonitions to care for yourself spiritually so that you can pour into others and her emphasis on being vulnerable in relationships within the church. I did feel like this book was a little longer than it needed to be, with lots of extra topics woven in that could’ve been better in a separate book. There were times that I found myself skipping forward when I felt like Kay was going on a tangent. But overall her insight into the life and ministry of a pastor’s wife was great!
As always, if you have suggestions for books that have been especially meaningful in your life, PLEASE share them in the comments below!