I’m reading a few books at the moment, which isn’t my norm. Normally I focus on one or two. But a couple of my selections are lengthy, which means I’ve set daily goals to spur progress and keep my reading balanced. I finished a book by Thomas Lynch, Whence and Whither: On Lives and Living, this morning. I also finished Job as I continue to make my way through the CSB.
So what else am I reading? There are four books on my stack. First, I’m reading The Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. This morning I finished Federalist 61 and 62. At the conclusion of 62, likely written by Madison, we read, “No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.” America is presently more orderly and stable than we’re led to believe by many of our loudest public voices, and reading The Federalist Papers has helped me both to be more thankful I’m part of the American experience, and more knowledgeable, I think, as a citizen.
I’m also reading a sermon a day from James Montgomery Boice’s Foundations of the Christian Faith. I am not a Calvinist, like Boice, so I disagree with him in some respects. But I’m profiting from his work, as this book is comprehensive, pastoral, systematic, and biblical. Last week the Boice sermon I read on a certain day corresponded perfectly with something I was speaking on that night. Sweet Providence. God is sovereign. I agree with Boice in that respect.
The other two books I am reading are Dorothy Day’s The Long Loneliness and Jen Pollock Michel’s Surprised by Paradox.
Here are the April Kindle deals on Amazon I’ve noticed:
- Dallas Willard, Hearing God
- N. T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began
- N. T. Wright, How God Became King
- Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel
- Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places
- Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection
- Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way
- Eugene Peterson, Tell it Slant
- Ursula K. Le Guin, Worlds of Exile and Illusion
- Philip Yancey and Brenda Quinn, Meet the Bible
- Philip Yancey, Prayer
- C. S. Lewis, Preparing for Easter
- Stephen Backhouse, Kierkegaard: A Single Life
Prices on the above books vary, but mostly range from $1.99 to $4.99.
Want more on any of these titles? Leave a comment. I’ll be happy to expand on my recommendations.