In today’s new edition of Stuff I Like Saturdays I share a few articles I’ve found on the web, helpful podcasts/sermons I’ve listened to, and some good books I’m reading.
Today’s articles center around two main topics:
1. Reading (my love language)
- How to Help Your Children Read the Bible, by David Murray on the Desiring God website. “If we want our kids to read the Bible, we need to give them a big Why.” Murray provides eight means of grace that might prove effective in helping your children read the Bible. Warning: The side effect of reading this article might be increased Bible reading for parents as well!
- 10 Rules to Read More Books This Year, by Joel Miller on Michael Hyatt’s website. Some great suggestions in this post! I most resonate with #’s 2, 5, and 8. I’m going to try Scribd. Have any of you tried it before?
- How to Read More Books in 2018, by Joe Carter on the ERLC website. Read the article to find out what what eating vegetables and dessert has to do with reading.
- Part 1 of a series I wrote a few years ago on reading: How Can I Become a Better and More Discerning Reader. Part one in a five-part series.
- How (Not) To Read Next Year, by Jon Bloom on the Desiring God website. I especially appreciate his counsel that we shouldn’t read to impress others.
2. Making 2018 a Great Year
- How to Make 2018 Great. I really liked this quick read from Paul David Tripp. “Change typically takes place in ten thousand little moments, not one life-altering event.”
- How to Make the Next Step Easier on Yourself, by Shawn Blanc. How raising and lowering the activation energy can help you take the best, next step. Do something now that will make your next step easier to begin.
- My 7 Most Productive Habits, by Mark Dance on the Lifeway website. The post is written for pastors, but most of the productivity habits apply to anyone and everyone. I especially struggle with how to handle #1 on his list.
A few audio/video resources:
- The Culture Quake, by James Emery White, part of the #MeToo series from Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC. Be blameless – have nothing about your interactions with women to be blameworthy. Note – through this page you have to buy the message to listen to it, but you can download their app and listen for free.
- What Should You Do When You Disagree With Your Spouse – the newest episode of Real Truth Real Quick by Todd Wagner and Rick Smith. How to pursue oneness with your spouse when you disagree and when to bring others in to help.
- While it seems like everyone is doing a podcast now, I haven’t found a lot of marriage podcasts I enjoy and recommend. One of my favorites is the Fierce Marriage podcast. All the episodes are helpful, but my favorite might be Five Anchors of an Active, Fulfilling Sex Life (and that’s not just because I’m a dude).
And last, a few books I’m reading and (so far) recommend:
- 12 Ways Your iPhone is Changing You, by Tony Reinke. This one has been on my list for a year, and I’m so glad I started it. It’s an important book to help us come to grips with our iPhone addictions. For the month of January you can download the audiobook through Christian Audio for free!
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown. Love this so far! Another one that’s come highly recommend by many. Not about getting more things done, but getting the right things done.
Have you read or listened to anything you’re recommend to others? Please share in the comments!