Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
I love to read.
I prefer non-fiction.
I don’t dislike fiction; I like fiction, but I prefer to listen to fiction through audio books. Audio books remind me of listening to old-time radio shows while on long drives with my family when I was a child.
It’s football season, so I try to work a couple football books into my reading list. I recently finished Steve McMichael’s Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline (Tales from the Team). You can find the review here.
I’m nearly done with Drew Brees’ Coming Back Stronger. You can read some of Brees’ insights here.
I like reading casually. I like reading intellectually, but the words of Thomas Merton remind me of why I read most of what I read: “Reading ought to be an act of homage to the God of all truth … It is also an act of humility and reverence towards other (people) who are the instruments by which God communicated His truth to us.” 1
Most of the time, I read to understand more about God, myself and everyone else.
I’m reading my Bible, I’m also reading 2
Bob Goff’s Love Does
Ruth Haley Barton’s Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation
Christopher J. H. Wright’s Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series)
J.D. Greear’s Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
James Wakefield’s Sacred Listening: Discovering the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola
And, I’m about to begin one fiction book, Steven James’ The Pawn from The Bowers Files book series.
What are you reading?
1 – Quote from Thomas Merton’s Thoughts in Solitude
2 – Truth be told I read one of several Bibles. Regular mysilentscream readers know I like to use several translations. Currently, I’m reading and recommend any of these:
– Both the YouVersion and BibleGateway apps on my devices
– ESV Study Bible (Kindle version)
– NLT Life Application Bible (Kindle version)
– Interlinear for the Rest of Us (hardcover)
– One Minute Bible for Students (paper) (Kindle version)
– The NIV Essentials Study Bible (hardcover) (review)