What I’m reading right now


I happen to be one of those people who read better when I’m reading more at the same time. I read worse (and less) when I try to do one at a time. So here’s what I’m doing, with a brief explanation:

1. Keeping the Heart, John Flavel. I read this along with my morning Bible reading. I like wading through Puritan-ish works like this slowly, reading it like a devotional. I find most modern devotionals shallow; Puritans work like a charm.

2. Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God, Scott Thomas. The title interested me, and after perusing it I noticed it has a practical edge. A pragmatic read tends to challenge me and help me think about what I do and how I can do it better. I usually get at these in the evening.

3. No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy. I need to read for fiction, and this is my attempt at that. It’s a gripping book. I’m starting to see what people say Cormac McCarthy is the best living American writer. I read this when I feel like it, sometimes at lunch or in the evening.

4. A Year with G.K. Chesterton, Kevin Belmonte. This offers a Chesteron reading for each day of the year, along with a “What GKC Did This Day” thingy. Whets the appetite for more, and is filled with good one-liners.

5. Handle with Prayer: Unwrap the Source of God’s Strength, Charles Stanley. Listen to this on my kindle during my commute. Don’t really like it much, but I want to finish it.

6. The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon, Douglas Moo. My favorite and most consulted commentary for studying Colossians. I’m teaching through it Wednesday nights, and Moo’s is excellent.

7. The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain, Mark Twain. I’ll usually read this when I’m about ready to sleep and don’t feel like anything long or heavy. Laugh out loud funny. Plus good illustrations for preaching.


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