I have always been told that it is important to be a lifelong learner, a truth which I think speaks for its self. But for clarification’s sake, there is no way I can possibly have learned everything I need to know for all the transitions, jobs, confrontations, cooking, investing, house buying, parenting, etc…. that lie in the road ahead by the time I finished formal schooling last May. It’s impossible. Sorry if I just burst any new graduate’s bubble.
So how do we continue learning? There are many options, but a main source of knowledge is books, and now that I am out of school I can’t use the “I spend so much time reading for school” excuse any more. I have decided to take up reading again. I have already read 3 or 4 books this year, and after going through Will and I’s bookshelf I compiled a fat stack of a reading list sitting on my nightstand.
I know that it is summer time, so that means you may find yourself with extra time on your hands. If that is the case for you then allow me to share my reading list with you, there might be something on there that you find interesting.
- Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola & George Barna
- Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
- The Contented Soul by Lisa McMinn
- An Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton
- Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
- Courage and Calling by Gordon T Smith
- Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
- A Grief Observed by CS Lewis (only a portion of that huge book lol)
I am currently in the middle of Pagan Christianity, and it is very informative. It’s all about the history of the church and how we developed the worship practices, building designs, and traditions that we did. Here’s a spoiler: many of them are not in the Bible at all, and actually stem from other ancient religions.
Here are the books that I have already read this year and I would highly suggest to you:
- Follow Me by David Platt (here is my review of it)
- Fixing the Moral Deficit by Ron Sider
- A Better Way by Dale Losch
- Part of The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkein
And I reread part of:
- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
- Radical by David Platt