2012 Summer Reading

This post got me thinking about my summer reading list.  It also revealed some books to me that I could add to my ever-increasing Amazon wishlist!  Anyway, here’s what I’ll be reading this summer and why?

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate, by Jerry Bridges: hoping to find my acceptable sins revealed, repented of, and replaced with all that is pleasing to God.  Also wanting to think through the more common sins that we have become accustomed to justifying or ignoring altogether, while hypocritically pressing in on the big sins of others.

The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church, by Timothy Witmer: yeh, need all I can get of this.

The Knowledge of the Holy, by A. W. Tozer: Platt used it in his incredible T4G sermon on the sovereignty of God and global missions. ‘Nough said!

The Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert: we’re about to church plant in Boston. ‘Nough said!

The Mortification of Sin, by John Owen: Owen is a favorite.  More than that, Owen was widely known for his practical holiness.  And since there is a holiness without which no one will see the Lord, and we are called to strive for that holiness, this ought to be a great help.  Besides, I don’t know of any more helpful on the issues of sin and holiness than the Puritans, and Owen chief of all.

True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis, by Daniel R. Heimbach: Hoping to read up on a full-orbed biblical theology of sexual purity as we live in a world increasingly enslaved to and ardently defending every brand of sexual immorality . . . and it’s effecting the Bride of Christ!

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien: my brother and friend and co-laborer has been on me for a few years to read more fiction.  And . . . gasp . . . I’ve never read Tolkien’s literary masterpiece!  Guess it’s time!

Keeping in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in our Walk with God, by J. I. Packer: listened to a sermon by Piper a while back where he stated finding this book quite helpful on this front, which tends to be somewhat of a mystery to us — we say “walk by the Spirit,” but seldom know what that means or entails.  Trusting Packer for some light on this subject.

The Godly Home, by Richard Baxter: the Puritan, Baxter, enjoyed something of a great revival in his days and much of it was concentrated upon the revival of family worship.  As this is something that I am inconsistent in performing, yet increasingly passionate about, I am wanting to get some Puritanically developed pointers from Baxter.

I will also be trying to brush up on my Greek (A Primer of Biblical Greek, by N. Clayton Croy) and Hebrew (Introducing Biblical Hebrew, by Allen P. Ross) as well.

How about you?  What will you be reading and why?


One Response

  1. This is a great list!

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