I love to read books. I love to buy books. I love to share books.
I’m constantly grabbing the next resource I can apply to my life, and then recommending them to people I love. But it never occurred to me to share what I’m reading until just the other day.
Here’s 3 books I’ve got my thumb in now. Hope you enjoy.
Merry Christmas to me! This thoughtful gift from my wife marks a new setup for my personal daily devotions. For years I have used my favorite Bible App for my daily reading. This year I’m switching it up. Instead of doing a Bible-in-a-year plan, I’m taking my time to read and study slowly through less Scripture more intensely.
The wide, lined margins are perfect for note-taking. The single column of text allows you to annotate easily. It also lays open nicely, and just feels good in the hand. It’s the first book I look at in the morning. It’s a great tool, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
Buy it if: You’d really like to jot notes in the margins of your Bible as you study and pray your way through God’s Word.
My Book About the Bible
The Gospel of John is my favorite book of the Bible. And F.F. Bruce’s explanation of it is absolutely illuminating. He draws on his deep and thorough understanding of the original language to open up understanding of the English translations in a way that causes me to lean in daily for fresh “aha” moments. Written in plain english, an everyday student of The Word, such as myself, can understand it without having studied Greek. That said, I am daily looking up words. It’s worth it.
Bruce’s exposition of the text is changing my life, opening up the meaning of John’s gospel in ways I never understood.
Buy it if: You’d like to go beyond simply reading the Gospel of John and dive in head-first.
Give it to: The serious Bible student or pastor.
My Book About Jesus, Religion and Real Christianity
I’ve been looking forward to diving into this book since I first heard of Jefferson Bethke.
This YouTube video was his debut to the world. Approaching 27,000,000 views, people around the world have shared it.
The book did not disappoint. Up front he admits he’s not a pastor or an academic. He doesn’t intend Jesus > Religion to be a scholarly work. Instead, it’s a gritty, no-nonsense look at the difference between sterile religion and real, life-giving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Buy it if: You’d like to let go of “trying harder, doing more and being good enough” and grab ahold of what God intended for you, grace.
Give it to: Skeptics, non-believers, new believers, and anyone who wants fresh air to blow out the dusty remnants of religion from their hearts.
If you click through one of these links to Amazon and buy a book, I’ll get a few cents. Thanks!
I would never recommend something I wouldn’t pick up and use myself.