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24 Reading Recommendations For The New Year

This week a dear pastor friend and I corresponded about helpful books to share with others. As we near the end of the year I would challenge you to create a reading list for the next twelve months. Be intentional. Begin collecting the ones you do not have. Make a plan to read purposefully in the coming year. I have always found it helpful to read on a variety of subjects and to read both older and newer books. With that in mind, I would like to recommend twelve older books and twelve newer books for you to consider. While I cannot give a blanket endorsement of every author, I can tell you that each of these books has made…

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Seeing Through The Eyes Of The Blind

It has been my privilege to have several blind friends. As a college student I met a blind young man who had read several times through the Scriptures using his braille Bible. One of my greatest encouragers now is a blind missionary. Indeed, in the words of Fanny Crosby, “I sometimes think that blind people see more than their friends who have the power of vision.” As I flew home from a meeting just a few days ago I had the pleasure of reading the autobiography of Fanny Crosby. Fanny’s hymns have found their way into great hymn books and, more importantly into the hearts of those who know and love Christ. Blinded as a young girl, she glimpsed with…

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Why I Was Wrong About Reading Fiction

For many years I almost prided myself in not reading fiction. “I read real stories.” Some time ago I was given a work of Christian fiction to read. As I read the book I came to a stark realization… I was wrong about reading fiction. Now, like any other genre of books, all fiction is not created equal. Much of it is a waste of time. However, well-written fiction can be a powerful tool in teaching the truth. Even Christ often used parabolic language to convey eternal truth. Specifically, I believe there can be a great deal of benefit in historical fiction. One definite caution that I would give regarding “Christian fiction” is that we must be wary of authors…

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What I Am Reading (And Re-Reading)

Books become friends. They instruct and inspire. As my wife will tell you, there are a lot of books around our home! At any given time there are several off the shelf, in the process of being read. I have previously written several articles on reading and developing a library. There is both a discipline and a joy to reading. One thing that has helped me to read more is to read several books at a time. In this way, I am less likely to get bored with any one of them. I have also found that it keeps me well-rounded to read a variety of subjects and authors. As I travel people often ask for book recommendations. This is…

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7 Things to Read Regularly

My daughter Lauren has recently developed a new fascination with reading. Over the last few days she has devoured several books, putting us all to shame. I grew up with a special love of books.  I travel with several at all times. In our day of e-books this has become much easier, but there is still something special about holding a book in one hand and a pen in the other! Today I read a chapter by Clovis Chappell on The Preacher and His Books and was reminded of the Apostle Paul’s love for reading up to the very end of his life (2 Timothy 4;13). In truth, when we cease reading we begin to die. Books feed a man’s soul.…

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3 Books to Use In Your Devotional Time

Books are wonderful tools.  When it comes to the daily quiet time there are a number of wonderful books that may be used with great benefit.  Occasionally I enjoy reading after an author whose sole purpose in writing is devotional in nature.  Oswald Chambers is a wonderful example of this.  His highly recommended My Utmost For His Highest is thought-provoking. E.M Bounds books on prayer are another good example.  They stir the heart to seek the Lord more fervently and purposefully in prayer.  Recently I ran across a rather new book that has been a great help to me in this way.  Though I know little about the writer, Bob Sorge’s Secrets of the Secret Place has served to enhance my daily…

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5 Must-Read Biographies

W. Robertson Nicoll, a famous author in his own right, once said, “I have for years read every biography I could lay my hands on, and not one has failed to teach me something.”  When he died there were more than 5,000 biographies found in his personal library!  Perhaps we have too quickly assumed that the reading of biography was simply reading for hobby, when in fact it is reading for help.  The lives of great men become our classroom; their successes and failures our teachers. It is understandable that one man’s “favorite” is not always another man’s favorite.  The timing of the reading of a book is often most important.  At many junctures in my life God has used…

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10 Books to Read This Year

One of the men who works in our ministry came to me a few days ago.  He has determined to do more reading this year.  Personally I believe this is a worthy goal for all of us!  As I have done so many times to others, my friend asked if I could recommend several books that would be worthwhile to read. Here is the list that I gave to him.  Perhaps it will be of some encouragement to you as well.  Solomon was accurate when he observed, “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12).  You cannot read everything.  You should not.  Recommendations have often helped me to know what books to read, what books to skim, and…

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A Daily Habit Everyone Should Form

All of my books have my name in them.  They are like members of the family (just ask my wife!).  In part, I put my name in the flyleaf of my books because I enjoy sharing them with others, but I always want to get them back.  To share a good book is to invest in the life of another.  When I am with friends one of my first questions is: “What have you read recently that is good?” There is no book like the Bible.  It is God’s Book and unparalleled by anything man has to write.  Yet those who study the Bible will tell you that one of the best things you can do for your mind and…

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Be Strong!

I love books.  Not long ago I was rummaging through my study, searching for a book that I knew was there… Instead, I found one that I didn’t know I had.  It was a volume published in 1958 of one hundred and one famous poems.  Poetry has always intrigued me.  Frost’s The Road Not Taken and Kipling’s If are two of my favorites.  I do not claim to be a poet, or even to know much about rhyme and meter.  I do know when a poem speaks to something in my own heart. Such was the case as I flipped through the new found treasure in my library.  The words on the bottom of page 37 were for me.  Ours are challenging days.  The…

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