First Books of 2008

January 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm 6 comments

Kevin Watson over at Deeply Committed has a post about the first five books he’ll read in 2008. So, I thought I’d share my first five for 2008 too. I’m a book geek too, so my family got me either books or Amazon gift cards! Some of these are for my upcoming D.Min. class (the last three), but the other two are just things I’m interested in.

There are more on the shelf waiting to be read! I saw where Trevin Wax has some suggestions for meeting his goal of reading 100 books a year. I can see reading two books a week, but I think the cost would be outrageous unless you had a really good library nearby.

Happy reading!

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  • 1. Kevin Watson  |  January 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Matt – thanks for the link. Kimball’s book is on my wish list, so I hope to read it soon. Happy New Year!

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  • 2. Matt  |  January 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I enjoyed it and even suggested it to the young adult Sunday School class at one of the churches I serve. It’s great food for thought for those who care about folks outside the Church.

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  • 3. jmeunier  |  January 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Matt, I found Kimball interesting. I’m still trying to articulate my qualms about it. But they are there.

    Does reading the Bible front to back count as one book?

    What if I read it over and over?

    Rather than read 100 books, what if we read 1 with great devotion?

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  • 4. Matt  |  January 6, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I think the Bible counts as 66 books, right?

    If you read it twice in one year that’s 132!

    As you’ve probably heard, Referring to the bible, Wesley always said he was a man of one book.

    Yet, and I’m sure you’ve heard this quote too, he also told a preacher,

    “What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is want of reading. I scarce ever knew a preacher who read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. Hence your talent in preaching does not increase…Whether you like it or no, read and pray daily. It is for your life; there is no other way; else you will be a trifler all your days, and a pretty, superficial preacher.”

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  • 5. John Meunier  |  January 7, 2008 at 11:32 am

    At last, someone to explain all my book purchases to my wife.

    But, honey, it’s God’s will.

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  • 6. Matt  |  January 7, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Come on honey, you don’t want me to be a trifler all my days, do you?! haha

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