One of my passions is reading. Books are changing form and rapidly, but their value is still high in my book (pun intended). They take us to new horizons and they take us deeper into ourselves. They stretch our imaginations and I believe they assist us in addressing our everyday problems in new ways. Fiction or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter. They are both valuable for improving our thinking and coping. Books have always played an important part in our faith. The word “Bible” means “little books.” Reading the Bible makes a difference. In my recent sermon series on The Psalms, I noted the fact that many spiritually insightful people have encouraged the reading of all 150 psalms. Moreover, they say that doing so will change your life!
Our Swap and Share book shelf in the church library is a service used every week and I would commend it to you. Many thanks to Mari Short for keeping it organized and attractive to the browsers among us.
Many ask me after a sermon about a book I’ve quoted. I confess I haven’t always read a book cover-to-cover when I quote it, but I do own most of the books I quote. Here are some of the books I’ve quoted in recent sermons that I would recommend to you.
Taylor, Barbara Brown, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith, (Harper Collins, 2009).
Fulghum, Robert, Ah Oh: Some Observations From Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door, (Ivy Books: 1993).
L’Engle, Madeline, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art (Macmillan, 1995).
Gomes, Peter. Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living, HarperOne, 2002.
Craddock, Fred. Luke: A Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, (John Know Press, 1990).
Smedes, Lewis, A Pretty Good Person (Harper and Row, 1990).
Crabb, Larry, Shattered Dreams, (Waterbrook Press, 2010).
I urge you to read. It feeds your soul! Read the Bible. Read inspirational books. Always ask what new insight the passage or chapter provides you for the living of your life. What’s more, if you find a great book, tell me about it. Please.
Grace & Peace,