Thursday, December 16, 2010 • 12:01 am
Well, it’s that time of the year. The last few weeks of the year where it’s apropos to ask questions about reflections, aspirations, and of course, a question that starts with, “What’s the best…?”
So, let’s do an easy one today in hopes of getting some responses from many people. You know how this works.
- I ask you a question.
- You answer.
- We solve world peace.
So, here are the questions:
- What are couple of the best books you’ve read this past year?
- What are couple books on your “to read” list for 2011?
Best books this past year: Read the rest of this entry »
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 • 12:04 am
I received this email from one of my blog readers a few weeks ago asking about my thoughts about the “Top 5 most challenging/convicting/mind-bending/face-melting books of all time.”
Do you take requests for posts on your blog? If so…. I know that from time to time you do top 5 stuff, like favorite movies or songs or artists, etc. This isn’t anything novel, but I’d be grateful for a “Top 5 most challenging/convicting/mind-bending/face-melting books of all time.” I guess I’m someone who learns a lot from books and I was just thinking about how I have roughly 5 books that I have read within the last few years that have truly changed the way I perceive myself and the world around me. It would be great to hear what others are reading -not their most favorite or enjoyable books (although this might be the case)- but books that have significantly reoriented the way they live. Maybe, you’ve done something like this before and I just missed it, but if not, something like this would be fun to be a part of.
Asides from the Bible, what would you be on your Top 5 List?
I can’t list 5…I don’t even know know where to begin so I’m just sharing my list of most influential Christians books again. There are so many excellent books that it’s really difficult to condense it into a list of 10. My recommendations are created with an attempt towards the larger picture of Christian discipleship – meaning that I want to balance my list with theology, discipleship, spirituality, bibilical studies, etc.
I hope 50 years from now, this list will change so that it also includes numerous female and non-Caucasian authors. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , books, christianity, church, leadership, ministry, theology
Friday, March 27, 2009 • 1:10 am
Nearly every week, someone asks me about my recommendations about what books Christians should be reading. In essence, “what are the must reads?” And so couple weeks ago, I asked YOU for your recommendations and there were some fascinating contributions. In a comical way, it also spurred on a spontaneous and hilarious post about Christian books that should NOT be published.
There are so many excellent books that it’s really difficult to condense it into a list of 10. My recommendations are created with an attempt towards the larger picture of Christian discipleship – meaning that I want to balance my list with theology, discipleship, spirituality, bibilical studies, etc.
Let me also say that nothing is more important than reading, studying, and loving the Scriptures. The Bible is important – especially in a cultural context where so many are prone to sound bytes, podcasts, RSS feeds, and video stimulation. Read your Bible. Having said that, I would recommend these versions: TNIV, NIV, and ESV. In addition to these versions, I would also highly recommend reading The Message by Eugene Peterson to accompany the reading of your Bible. Also, a solid Bible dictionary and a set of Bible commentaries [even a single or 2 volume set] are very important for any and every Christian.
Okay, here’s my List of the 10 Essential Books I’d Recommend every Christian to Read [in no particular order]: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , books, christian, christianity
Friday, March 6, 2009 • 2:15 am
I get numerous emails from both blog readers and folks at my church asking me the following question:
What are the essential books I should be reading as a Christian?
Honestly, I have a hard time coming up with my list because it changes so often and I’m biased towards dead people. So, I’d like to ask you for your help in putting together a list of the 10 Most Essential Books for Christians. You don’t need to give me your entire list but what are couple books that you would absolutely include on anyone’s list?
Because there’s ten, think broadly so that we’re not just thinking about one aspect of Christianity. We should include theology, leadership, spirituality, etc., right?
This should be interesting.
And if you’re interested, you may also want to check a post from last year about people’s personal influential book.
Filed under: christianity, church, Jesus, religion, books, christians, spirituality
Saturday, January 17, 2009 • 10:34 pm
I’m packing for a short trip and every time I pack for a trip, I bring a book. The intent is there but I rarely finish books from cover to cover. I have the habit of reading couple books at the same time basically because my brain is wired or conditioned that way.
So, here are some questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What’s the one book on your TO READ list this year?
Filed under: travel, books
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 • 2:24 am
It’s crazy. I can’t believe it’s December already. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly. As the new year is soon upon us, I’m sharing 7 personal goals for the upcoming year. Why seven? Just sounds more spiritual…
What are some of your goals/resolutions?
Last week, we managed to get some of the lurkers and quiet blog readers off the stands and onto the field. So, let’s do it again!
In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am especially inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. This is your chance to join in and become one of the cool people.
Here are my 7 personal goals for the upcoming year – all in hopes of honoring Christ through my life, family, and gifts: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: family, marriage, seattle, books, goals, humanitarian, resolution