November 2010

Ron’s #42: A Mind for God by James Emery White

November 30, 2010 // 2 Comments

A Mind for God by James Emery White is a book that I wished I could write. It makes a solid case for the active life of the Christian mind. Christians are often (and sometimes fairly) caricatured as backwoods simpletons who eschew logical thought in exchange for the ease of lazy faith. White describes the need for Christians to crave to develop our minds for the glory of Christ. We ought to seek to deeply understand our faith, our culture, our world. Living passively, whether a Christian or non-believer, is a wasted life. The first step to engage our minds is simply to read. White makes a passionate plea to read often and read broadly. He tells an interesting story about a family trip to Disney World when, during a calm period between visits to the park, his family sat in the lobby reading books for an hour or so. A passerby commented that she wishes her family would do this ritual. His solution is simply to create the habit of reading. How often do we carve out time to intentionally read? I think of all the distractions and responsibilities that vie for my attention which take away my reading […]

Mark’s #41 – Life as a Vapor by John Piper (178 pages).

November 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Life as Vapor is 31 meditations on faith by John Piper.  Normally I am not a fan of devotional books.  They’re usually trite little pieces with a Scripture verse (taken out of context) and then a short little feel good story (think Chicken Soup for your soul books).   This is not the case for this book, nor did I expect it to be given the author. If you’re not familiar with John Piper, you should be.  If you’ve ever tried to read one of Piper’s more lengthy books (like Desiring God), but found that your brain began to hurt because of the level of depth and insight by Piper, well join the club… but don’t give up! I would highly recommend anyone to read this book, especially if you’re just beginning to get your feet wet with the works and thoughts of John Piper.   I believe John Piper stands head and shoulders above all the other pastors and theologians in our generation. Even in these short 4-5 page devotions, the reader is brought into the depth and riches of God’s sovereign grace, and he or she will be reminded of the brevity of this life and encouraged to […]

Mark’s #40 – When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson (368 pages)

November 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

If you’re a fan of the NBA (as I am), then this would be a good book to read for you to learn how and why the NBA is so popular today.  If you’re a fan of either the Lakers (as I am) or Celtics, then this is a must read. When the Game Was Ours traces the rise of two of the greatest players in NBA history – Bird and Magic.  Though their personalities were different, (with Magic being the outspoken man with the smile that fills a room, and Bird being the introverted, beer drinking, poor kid from French Lick, Indiana) both men shared a passion and dedication for the game of basketball that may be only matched by two other great NBA players in history – Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant. These two rivals began squaring off and pushing one another to greatness from their early days in College. In 1979 they met in the NCAA championship game, where Magic got the best of Bird and a championship for his Michigan State team.   The following year, both men went to the NBA. This book was not only a biography of these two men, it was also […]

Mark’s #39 – Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders (208 pages)

November 29, 2010 // 2 Comments

Originally written in 1967, Spiritual Leadership has become a classic in the realm of Christian leadership.   I first read this book a few years ago with some other men. I remembered being convicted and encouraged by Sanders solid biblical exhortations and guidance. This time I listened to the audiobook version (as it was the free book of the month on a few months ago).   While I was once again convicted and encouraged by the book, I would not recommend the audio version. This is a book that would be best read slowly and with another person or group.  As I drove down the highway, I heard good point after good point on leadership practice.  However, these kind of points are best read, then meditated upon, and preferably discussed with others for both personal and corporate application. Final conclusion: This is a solid book to read… grab a friend and go through it together… don’t listen to it. Share on Facebook

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