I am now officially a whole month behind on reading. This, however, can be a good thing because it makes it easier to keep track of what I’m reading and when.
So, for the month of May, I read the following:
(And by the way, they were all amazing!)
Don’t Stop Believing by Michael E. Wittmer
Wittmer deals with the fundamental conservatives and the (over) reactions to them from the post-modern innovators out there. In this, he tells us that love is desperately important in our Christian walks, but love means nothing if there are no set beliefs behind it. This is a must read for anyone facing fundamentalist/conservative hypocrisy, potential heresy from liberal/post-modern/emergent (note: I said potential… because no one knows what they are saying anyway), or if you are in either one of those camps. And for those of us that are in between trying to counter the hypocritical movements (or non-movements as the emergent guys like to call them) we need Wittmer’s book on our shelves and, dare I say, underlined and high-lighted!
How to Stay Christian in College by J.Budziszewski
Don’t, please, don’t judge this book by its title! When I picked this one up to begin reading, the title was awkward to me. But it is so worth reading in whatever context of life you find yourself in! This ex-atheist starts at the very beginning (the very best place to start) and authoritatively tells college students (and anyone else listening in) the story of creation, the fall, redemption, and so forth. His clarity leaves no need for questions, and it is eloquently written. Budziszewski lays down the (Biblical) law of how to keep the faith and face the enemy anywhere. As mentioned, I would never limit the application of this to college, and everyone serious about Jesus should read at least the chapter on politics in this.
Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
This is a subject dear to my heart. Our Churches have no idea about what true worship is. Kauflin does a great job humbly telling us how it is. With input from Mahaney, Baloche and others, this is theologically sound and thoroughly convicting for anyone who thinks that they have it figured out. The key focus– worship is deeper then music. I truly believe that if everyone understood this concept, the worship wars debate would be non-existent and books like the one that I am reading now would be taken off the shelf and labeled unnecessary (which would be great because I am really not enjoying Can We Rock the Gospel by John Blanchard and Dan Lucarini!).
So, of all the books I have read thus far this year– these are the ones (along with another one that I am reading right now called Why We’re not Emergent by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck) that you should spend your money and time on. You will not regret these four!