In this post I share reviews of a few books I’ve recently read. I love to read and like to share with others highlights of books I recently finished.
I really enjoyed this book by Piper. It challenged me and got me thinking outside the box of my sometimes boring and sheltered routine. I tend to be a curious person, as evidenced by how much I read and love to learn, but Piper challenged my thinking beyond books as an outlet for my curiosity.
Piper writes, “I want you to see that curiosity is more than a mere trait. It is a discipline, a skill, a habit—one that will expand your life in magnificent, if subtle, ways.”
Curiosity helps me to be a better husband, father, friend, co-worker, boss, and pastor. We tend to be curious when we’re kids—we ask questions and we look for answers. I see it in my kids every day. Somewhere along the way we grow up and most of us lose the habit and discipline of being curious. This book helped bring back some of my curiosity.
In the last chapter he provides practical ways to live a curious life – be interested, be humble, look, listen, record, ask, go and explore, try things, and read, among other ideas. He ends the book by reminding the reader to always be humble and to always return to scripture.
You can even take an “Are You Curious” quiz on Piper’s page for the book.
Gospel Fluency Handbook: A Practical Guide To Speaking The Truths of Jesus Into the Everyday Stuff of Life, by Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly
I’ve heard excellent feedback on Vanderstelt’s book Saturate from some trusted friends. His new book, the Gospel Fluency Handbook, looks to be an excellent resource for individuals or small groups to go through together. The book includes with it a password to access a library of supplemental videos to be used in conjunction with the handbook.
I didn’t read through the entire book or go through the study myself, but the book looks to be an excellent resource. Because the gospel affects everything and everyone in life, we must become fluent in our understanding of the gospel. The book includes a wealth of scripture and is not for the faint of heart. There appears to be a fair amount of reading and prep work for each session, but each lesson looks well worth your time so you can become more fluent in your understanding and application of the gospel.
Note: I received this book from LitFuse publicity for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
The Trust Protocol: The Key to Building Stronger Families, Teams, and Businesses, by Mac Richard
At Watermark Community Church, we often talk about the importance of trust in relationships. In particular, we often reference three distinct components of trust:
- Relational trust – keeping short accounts, no unresolved conflict
- Professional trust – doing your job with excellence, competent in all you do
- Spiritual trust – making your relational with Christ your most important relationship and leading out of intimacy with Christ.
Because we so often talk about trust, I knew I’d be interested in The Trust Protocol by Mac Richard. Mac is the founding pastor of Lake Hills Church in Austin, TX.
He defines the trust protocol as forging credibility through integrity and action. The trust protocol takes place when we deliberately demonstrate our dependability to the people with whom we live, work, love, and serve. It’s when we’re the same person we were created to be no matter where we are or whom we are with.
The concept makes sense. When we establish trust, we’re able to grow in our relationships with others and accomplish more. Trust allows us to have hard conversations and helps us glorify God through our relationships. He shares good principles backed with scripture throughout the book.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
Love That Lasts: How We Discovered God’s Better Way For Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sex, by Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke
Kristen and I got married in 2001 and I’m working on my first marriage book. Sometimes, as a couple married only 16 years, I feel grossly underqualified to write a book on marriage. We have so much to learn and I often feel like we’re still rookies and newlyweds! For this reason, I generally have a bias against couples married less than five years writing books about marriage.
Long story short, the Bethke’s, married less than five years, recently wrote this book about marriage. What they lack in experience, they make up for in authenticity. I appreciate how vulnerable they are in telling their story—he shares in depth about the hurts of his past and she shares with honesty about her struggles as a single woman. Each chapter ping pongs back and forth between Jefferson and Alyssa as they share their story.
One of the downsides of the book is I don’t think I read anything new or different in this book outside of the authentic memoire of a young, married couple. The book doesn’t include much scripture, and at times seems repetitive as they each tell their version of their love story. I do appreciate that they do teach from a Christian worldview, especially in their covenant view of marriage.
Because they’re so young and newly married, they do relate well to young couples today.
What have you recently read?