That’s the view of my desk from today as I’m developing curriculum and studying the Gospel of John.
But, as you might guess, this isn’t all I’ve been reading. I continue to make my way through James Montgomery Boice’s Foundations of the Christian Faith at a pace of one sermon per day, and I’ve begun Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain (one of the Kindle deals below). With Merton I’m not as measured in my pace–more starts and stops. Merton’s autobiography is beautifully written, and I wish more Christians would write with his level of insight and artistry. In the CSB, I am now two-thirds of the way through Psalms.
Yesterday I began Robert Alter’s The Art of Bible Translation and I will soon begin a book by J. L. Collins, The Simple Path to Wealth. I’ve recently completed Jen Pollock Michel’s Surprised by Paradox, which you should pre-order, for as with all her work thus far, it is excellent. I also finished reading The Federalist Papers, which I am so glad that I read. Why? It boosted my confidence in the ideas undergirding the American experiment. This happens to be a wonderful place to live, which, if we uphold and build upon our founding principles, can be even more wonderful.
Dorothy Day’s The Long Loneliness was tedious for me, but I turned its final pages knowing I had encounter a tremendous woman of faith. After Day, I’m on to Merton. Another book I enjoyed: Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street. A book that has value, but didn’t thrill me: Scott Rieckens’ Playing With Fire: How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?
As for May Kindle deals, I’ve noticed:
- Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain ($2.99, though I’d encourage you to consider the mass market paperback for a few dollars more)
- Henry Cloud, Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality
- Humphrey Carpenter, J. R. R. Tolkein: A Biography
- Martin Luther, Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional
- Faith that Matters: 365 Devotions from Classic Christian Leaders
- Gordon Fee, How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour
- Scot McKnight, One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow
- Robert Benson, In Constant Prayer
- Robert Plummer, Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Anglicanism
Lastly, here is a boxed set of C. S. Lewis’ Narnia stories in hardback that is marked down.
Reading anything good? Leave a comment.