Here are some books I’ve read and enjoyed lately.
Dallas and the Spitfire: An Old Car, an Ex-Con, and an Unlikely Friendship – by Ted Kluck – This was an enjoyable read. Ted is a very funny, winsome, sarcastic, God-centered writer. This makes his books both humorous and insightful at the same time. While there was nothing particularly profound in this book, I did get some new insights into what true discipleship really looks like. It’s hard, involves a lot of time, and never is simple. RATING: 3.5 out of 5
The Green Mile - by Stephen King – Wow, Stephen King is a fantastic storyteller. A word of caution though, he can be very crude in his books. I’ve had to stop reading a few of his books. This one, however, was relatively clean and very enjoyable. It’s the story of Paul Edgecomb, who works on death row, and the incredible, unlikely inmates that come his way. Fun read. RATING: 4 out of 5
Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God- by Gordon Fee – Very helpful book. It clarified my thinking on the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian. It’s a little on the technical side, but really, anyone can read this book. If you have questions about the role of the Holy Spirit in your sanctification or the spiritual gifts, this book is a good starting place. RATING: 4 out of 5
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Quest For Bodily Perfection - by A.J. Jacobs – This was a hilarious, enjoyable, informative read. In one year A.J. tries to become the healthiest man on the planet. In a humorous, witty way, he talks about the various diets and exercise regimens he tries out. RATING: 4 out of 5
Am I Called: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry - by Dave Harvey – I haven’t finished reading this version of the book yet, but I’ve read the previous, smaller book that this book is based upon. I’ve also heard Dave give many lectures on this subject. So, with that being said, I can say without a doubt that every man who is considering pastoral ministry should read this book. It will help answer your questions and point you in the right direction. RATING: 4.5 out of 5