Recent Reads – March 2018

In lieu of my usual “Blog Buffet” I am introducing a less consistent post where I still collate articles worth reading; but, more generally will just discuss or summarize what I have read recently – either digitally or physically.

There are three reasons for this 1) with the recent birth of my third son my reading has become somewhat sporadic and also leads to the next point.  2) I haven’t managed a Blog Buffet this year… 3) Lastly, I am hoping that this will encourage me to read faster while also understanding the content.

With that, let’s begin.

Books:

At the outset of this year I was able to get through three great books, with each encouraging and challenging me in different ways.

The Attributes of God – A.W Pink
Sexual Fidelity: No Compromise – Mike Abendroth
The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses – Chris Bruno 

Pink’s The Attributes of God has set the tone for my prayer life this year.  Encouraging me to remember who I am praying to and what a privilege it is to be able to come into His presence and make my request known to Him.
If you want to be reinvigorated with your understanding of who God is then you should must read this book.  It is a classic and well worth the little time it costs to read.

Sexual Fidelity was a great reminder of the battle that I personally am in.  I need to fight for purity each and every day.  Within this battle, there must be no compromise – something that I have done far too often in the not so distant past.
If you are like me, you need a good kick in the rear end, every now and again.  Thankfully this kick comes in the form of a loving rebuke and exhortation.  You will be well served by reading this book.

With yearly Bible reading programmes, like I have just completed, it is easy to get caught in a single book or verse and lose sight of the whole story.  One tree, at times, may be beautiful.  But collectively, the forest is breathtaking. Books like The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses, remind us that each book and verse of the Bible make up a complete picture – a picture that is beautiful when all pieces are in view.
If you’d like to get an introductory course of the whole story of the Bible, then this book is for you.

Blogs:

Nada – nothing.  I’ve read the occasional one.  But nothing to mention.

Blinks:

  • 10 Days to Faster Reading – The Princeton Language Institute and Abby Marks Beale
  • Martin Luther – Heinz Schilling
  • Get Well Soon – Jennifer Wright
  • The Story of My Life – Helen Keller
  • Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone
  • Writing that Works – Kenneth Roman & Joel Raphaelson
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
  • Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson
  • The Sleep Solution – W. Chris Winter, M.D.
  • American Savage – Dan Savage
  • Fire and Fury – Michael Wolff
  • Minimalist Parenting – Christine Koh & Asha Dornfest
  • The Reason for God – Timothy Keller
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Klaus Schwab
  • Meetings Suck – Cameron Herold
  • Finding my Virginity – Richard Branson

Blinks are a funny thing.  You feel like you’ve read and learnt something, but, the usual time that is needed is no longer required.  I plan to write more about them in the future as I think they can be both a powerful and dangerous thing.

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