January Reading


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Just wanted to give my promised update on what I’m reading. I really am going to try to blog more in 2014 (I guess you could say it’s a resolution?? Although to say I’ve “resolved” to write more blog posts just feels a little dramatic). A great way to do that would be to stop waiting until I have a thousand things to say and then writing super long posts. So here’s a brief one for you!

Last time I mentioned what I was reading I had just started Through His Eyes: God’s Perspective on Women in the Bible. If you are unfamiliar with stories of some of the more prominent women in the Bible, this is a great book for you. Barrs very nicely summarizes each story and then looks at what we learn about who God is and how He views women. If you’re pretty familiar with these accounts, the summaries might seem a little tedious, but still, I think it’s a worthwhile read with some really interesting insight. It could really even work as a kind of devotional, if you combine the reading of the text being discussed with the helpful questions at the end of each chapter. I recommend it.

This month I plan on tackling a couple of re-reads. As I’m looking ahead to this new year, one of the things I really want to pursue is deeper prayerful-ness. This crazy life we’ve taken on just requires so much dependence upon my heavenly Father and I really desire more consistent communication with Him. So even though I’ve read it before, I’m going to give A Praying Life by Paul Miller another read. This is such a helpful book if you struggle to pray. Miller really gets to the heart of this struggle and seeks to enable believers to pray as they were meant to.

I’m also planning on reading through Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis again. I haven’t read it since high school and was reminded of what a great book it is recently. Our Midtown Pastor, Lance Olimb, quoted several passages from it recently while preaching about that greatest of all sins, pride. I’m looking forward to going through it again, as I love Lewis’ writing.

Also, I can’t believe I failed to include this book in my last post, but one of the most helpful books I read last year is Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic. If you have small children, this is a must read. It’s a funny, short little book that’s just packed full of good theology and encouragement for young moms. I totally loved it.

It’s a new year, a great time to get back in the habit of reading!

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