What books are you reading?

“What books are you reading?” That was the question I was asked by a Timothy of the Washington Christian Church while waiting in line for dinner at the 125th anniversary celebration last Sunday. He went on to say he can tell a lot about a ministry by the books the preacher is reading. I didn’t tell him that there are five books currently on the sofa; some having been there a long time, and some just landing there.

The only book I mentioned is the one we are studying on Sunday nights, Love Thy Body. He was intrigued, and we spent our time together discussing it. You know all about that one, so there’s no need to tell you about it again. All I need say is make sure you are here Sunday night at 6:30 as we plunge into chapter one.

The book that has been there the longest is one I bought when we attended the Sheepdog Seminar last year. Several of us went to learn how to keep you safe at church, and the book was written by the primary speaker, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. It’s entitled On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace. I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it, but it has given me a deep appreciation for those who risk everything to keep us all safe.

Two of the newer books I’ve added to the pile are Pastor Stephen Grant novels by Ray Keating. The review that led me to order them said they recounted the trials and triumphs of a Lutheran pastor who was a Navy SEAL and a CIA operative in a former life. It noted that they always have moral and Christological themes, but didn’t warn me about the “salty” language. Not sure I’ll finish them either.

The newest book is one loaned to me by Duane Carrell. It’s written by Alistair Begg, and is entitled Made for His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks of a Vital Faith. I’m only half way through it, but absolutely love it. I’m sure I’ll finish it, if I can find where Marilyn has put it after continually running off with it.

Not sure what that selection of books has to say about your preacher, but I do want to pass on the question to you. What are you reading?

God Bless, Rick

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