Summer’s here, and it’s hot! What better time than to pick up a good book or two? We asked Pastor Carlton to share what he’s reading these days, along with some tips and recommendations for you to read this summer. Enjoy!
What I’m Reading
Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Tips for Reading
It is my usual pattern to read at least four books at a time, and I spend no less than two hours per day reading the Bible and at least one chapter from each of the books I have on my current list. This allows me to cover different material in bit-size portions which allows my mind to stay focused on the material I am reading. You might not be able to read for this length of time, or you might not enjoy reading several books at once. This is a personal style that works best for me. Here are a few encouragements to better reading discipline:
- Choose a time of the day (you can split your time into several sittings) that you will dedicate to reading.
- Always spend time reading God’s Word before spending time reading other books.
- Whether you are reading one book at a time or multiple books, set a goal for reading either sections of the book or a specific number of pages.
- Try to read at a fast pace because this allows your mind to absorb the information. It has been proven that reading comprehension is linked to reading more efficiently.
- Find a consistent place away from distraction so that you can read with very little interruption.
- It is helpful to play soft classical or Christian music in the background as you read. The most preferred style of music is classical piano, but you can listen to other styles if you prefer. I would recommend that you listen to instrumental music so that the lyrics of the music do not distract you.
- Keep notes on what you read either in the book or in a journal. This will also help you retain the information you read, and if the notes are in the margins of the book, then the book can be used for reference in the future.
- Be determined and disciplined so that you do not give up when it gets difficult.
Recommendations for Reading
Here are a list of suggested books for reading this summer. I pray that you will enjoy pursuing Christ and the knowledge of him and his creation through books this summer!
THEOLOGY AND CHRISTIAN LIVING:
What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
CULTURE AND POLITICS:
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith
Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works by James K.A. Smith
Sex and Money: Pleasures that Leave You Empty and Grace that Satisfies by Paul David Tripp
What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung
Robert Chapman by Robert L. Peterson
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Burn Your Goals: The Counter Cultural Approach to Achieving Your Greatest Potential by Joshua Medcalf and Jamie Gilbert