What's On My Shelf (November 2020)

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

A reader's greatest trouble is the length of their "to-read" list. :) Well, at least it is mine anyway.

Tony Reinke writes this, "For every one book that you choose to read, you must ignore ten thousand other books simply because you don't have the time (or money!). Book reading will make you acutely aware of your personal limitations...As with most areas of life, success requires planning. Having a clear purpose for why you read will ensure that the few books you choose will be the books most likely to benefit your life."

In his book, "Lit!" he highlights 6 reading priorities:

  1. Reading Scripture

  2. Reading to know and delight in Christ

  3. Reading to kindle spiritual reflection

  4. Reading to initiate personal change

  5. Reading to pursue vocational excellence

  6. Reading to enjoy a good story

These priorities help me when I think about what to read next, what to add to my wishlist, and what to buy.

Maybe you don't have a to-read list, or you only pick up a few books here and there, but I'm thinking through again, how to prioritize my reading time, and how to choose which pages I put before me.

What do you prioritize in your reading?

ESV Study Bible

This month I've completed my read through the Bible for the year! I've become more familiar with the ESV version the past few years and it's the translation I've been using most consistently.

Christian Non-Fiction

Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church by Paul David Tripp

"Spiritual maturity in the life and ministry of a ministry leader is about being humbled by the gospel, made courageous by the gospel, and infused with sturdy hope by the gospel." This book is written for those in church leadership, to provide Gospel principles in developing and supporting leadership teams. As a lay person, I found it helpful to think through these principles in light of my relationships, maturity and spiritual growth.(3 stars)

Cultivating a Missional Life: A 30 Day Devotional to Gently Help You Open Your Heart, Home and Life to Your Neighbours by Twyla Franz

An excellent devotional to guide you into a mindset of missional living!! She writes with compassion, understanding, and purpose. Find this for free on Kindle unlimited, or a buy a copy :) (4 stars)

Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God by William Osborne

"True blessings, no matter the form, always lead us nearer to God, deepening our relationship with the diving Giver." Tracing the history of Israel, from Old Testament, too New, the author presents a biblical theology that "leans into how we view ourselves as living blessed lives as citizens of God's kingdom." This book is written for the Christian who wants a deeper understanding of the idea of blessing, as it is presented through the whole scope of God's Word. (3 stars)