What you've been reading (15/01/09)

Beat the Drum has been impacted by reading How to read the Bible for all its worth Julie Clawson over at God’s Politics sums up her books of 2008 Tim Challies read It’s not Fair by Wayne Mack – We all say it! Matt Hosier has read Jonathan Aitken’s biography of John Newton and found it gripping Trevin Wax highlights a couple of lesser known Study Bibles Leadership Journal lists their top ten books of 2008. I have 3 and read none so far and there’s one more I definitely…

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What you've been reading (08/01/09)

Reviews are picking up pace a bit post Christmas. Here’s the latest selection: Jeremy has been reading Renew the face of the earth, by Albert J Fritsch Matt Hosier read and was gripped by Barack Obama’s Dreams from my Father My first review of the year was Brian Rosner’s How to get really rich and it should be in my top 10 books at the end of 2009 Phil Groom read Stephen Sizer’s Christian Zionism a while ago and republished this review because well it seems pretty relevant Matt Hosier…

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Bible Reading Plans

This is the time of year when we pledge ourselves to reading more of the Bible. Me included. I’m going for Cover to Cover Complete: One Year Chronological Reading Plan as I’ve never read the Bible chronologically. So we’ll see how I get on. For other Bible reading plans try these links Tim Chester has a new weekly plan for groupsJustin Taylor links to several plans you could tryTSK links to this online versionMatt Hosier encourages you to try this year too

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What you've been reading (11/12/08)

Tim Challies read and approves of Sam Storms’ Signs of the Spirit Todd Hiestand recommends his friend Ed Cyzewski’s book, Coffeehouse Theology Mark Heath has been provoked by the life of Hudson Taylor by Vance Christie Challies again this time with Michael Wittmer’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ Jeremy is surprised by William Easterley’s ‘The White Man’s Burden’ Unashamed Workman reposts an excellent post titled 20 good reasons to readBooks can Save you according to Mark Sanborn (HT: Leaders Poole)Challies lists his top 8 books of 2008

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Book Review: 12 Books That Changed the World

I love books. I think the gift of reading was one of the best things my parents ever did for me. Melvyn Bragg is another bibliophile and this book is above all else a testament to the enduring power of the written word. It’s well written and fascinating stuff start to finish. He stretches the idea of ‘book’ here and there but he makes a convincing case for the 12 books from this island that have indeed changed the world. They are: Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton’ Married Love by…

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Choose carefully what you read

On the same day I blogged about reading fatigue Matt Hosier also blogged on reading, which if you’re a bibliophile you should read. Reading is so important as a stimulus to your own thought and development that choosing carefully what you read is key. There are a number of traps that you can fall into and no doubt there are more: Trap 1. Reading only books that already agree with me. We need to stetch ourselves and see the world from another angle even if the conclusion we reach is…

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Book Review: Who Am I?

I get sent so many books and there are literally hundreds on my shelves that I want to read but haven’t yet got to, the pressure of the backlog sometimes kills the joy of reading. As a result I sometimes just pick the shortest book I can find, so I can read it quick and move on to the next one. The aim being to reduce the pile of unread books not enjoy the experience of reading. This book was one such choice. Bonhoeffer is a theological hero of mine,…

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