Simple Living

Ron’s #7: Radical by David Platt

April 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Yes, I read and reviewed this last year, but as The Harbor is undergoing a church-wide study on the book, I read it again. I’m counting it! Our community group is reading and discussing it, and I feel that talking about it with others I’m close to helps in understanding and appreciating Platt’s call for a radical lifestyle. We are able to look into how materialism has crept into our lives, and find ways to avoid having it our master. I know that some charge Platt with creating a new type of legalism, but that is unfounded. We are too quick to rationalize Jesus’ command to “sell everything that you have and give it to the poor” that we cling with white knuckles the things that are temporary in our lives and do nothing. You owe it to your faith to read this book and to see how the gospel of Jesus Christ is greater and sweeter than the siren’s song of Madison Avenue. Share on Facebook

Ron’s #45: Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

December 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

Alongside Crazy Love and Radical, John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life completes the triumvirate of books pleading with our American Christian culture to do more with our life than chase after the American Dream. This came before the other two, and perhaps led to this new subgenre of Christian books. It is a message that I need to hear often, as I need to be reminded that this world is not all there is to life. There is much in the book that I enjoyed thinking about. The two main areas are Piper’s thoughts on how we should view our work and how television is a great time waster.  For work, Piper explains that “good, honest work is not the saving Gospel of God, but a crooked Christian car salesmen is a blemish on the Gospel and puts a roadblock in the way of seeing the beauty of Christ. And sloth may be a greater stumbling block than crime. Should Christians be known in their offices as the ones you go to if you have a problem, but not the ones to go to with a complex professional issue? It doesn’t have to be either-or. The biblical mandate is: ‘Whatever […]

Buddy’s #2 Work the System

January 13, 2010 // 1 Comment

I have to say that Work the System was my most anticipated book of recent memory. In fact, right up until the end of the book I was anticipating something better to come. I felt like Edmund Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia lusting after Turkish Delight but never finding the satisfaction I was looking for. I am craving order in my life and making some changes. The idea of creating systems to simplify my life was intriguing but not as all encompassing or immediately applicable as I had hoped. I will give props to the author on two fronts: First quitting caffeine cold turkey was definitely the way to go. Secondly, he does a great job of bringing to life the ideas presented in Michael Gerber’s “The E Myth Revisited” The book is a little verbose and he repeated things like being a single Dad while going through all of this at least 5 or 6 times. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it was 100 pages instead of 228. The other major drawback to me is that he doesn’t really offer practical help on creating systems. For $200 he offers software that will help […]