Monday, November 5, 2007

My Shelf Runneth Over

Before Element began, I was completing on average two books a week, one of which was fiction. Since Element began, I've read maybe 10 non-research-for-Element-related books total, only one or two of which are novels.
I miss reading for pleasure. I haven't even been buying books, which as those close to me can attest, is a huge feat.
But I had a birthday last week, and with a birthday came some Amazon gift certificates. Holler!

Here's what's coming my way:

The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World edited by David Wells
The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers by David Hansen
The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction by Eugene H. Peterson
Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places by Eugene H. Peterson
The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel by Mark Dever
For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti Feldhahn
Travels in the Scriptorium: A Novel by Paul Auster
Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples Thom S. Rainer

Anybody read any of these and care to offer your mini-review?

1 comment:

Rong said...

Jared, my small group is actually doing the For Men/Women Only books right now.
I think Jeff Feldhahn has a lot of good stuff to say. It's nice to read his statistics and know there's some real basis for the statements that he makes. Now personally my wife is one of those that falls on the outside of all his statics. She's older than the prime group. She's never had kids (she's a step-mother to my 2 grown kids), she's got a highly successful career and is the real bread winner in the family (makes twice what I do), yada, yada. But even with her not fitting perfectly into the paradigm there's a lot of basic truths that have helped me better understand her and just as importantly there solid advice on actions that we should be taking as husbands. That last part is something that I find missing too often in these kinds of books. And the advice isn't rocket science. It's plain, it's simple and it makes perfect sense.
This was also a very quick read.
I'll look forward to reading your take on this book.