The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity – Barnabas Piper
I am painfully aware of the unique pressures that pastor’s kids grow up with, but this book made the weight of it pretty sobering to me. Barnabas Piper grew up as one of the kids of one of the worlds most prominent pastors and so he knows a thing or two about it. It felt a little over the the top at times, but I can’t legitimately undermine someone else’s experiences. It certainly has made me more thoughtful about Daniel and Katie. I want them to love the Lord, the church, and the fact that their dad is a pastor.
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You – Tony Reinke
I needed to read this. I am a little bit (a lot) addicted to my phone and the stimulation it offers but so often fails to deliver on. Definitely changed some of my habits, resulting in me being a little more present. More to do though. Important book.
No Big Red Bow – Angela Goodrich
Unfortunately, this book isn’t available online anywhere, but you can get a copy by ordering one directly from Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ang is a friend and someone I have worked alongside for a few years. Her story of God’s grace in the midst of her struggle is brave and profound. It is self-published, gutsy, raw, vulnerable, soaked in gospel and a true story of largely unresolved hopes (hence the title). I feature it here because it deserves it, and because I want Ang to write more.
Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation – Miroslav Volf
I continue to wrestle and to try to learn on the issues of race, reconciliation, forgiveness and the gospel. You can read a bit more about some of my thoughts as a South African white dude here. This work is a bit of an epic from Volf. It is weighty, lengthy, heavy, academic and altogether worth the effort. Volf’s experience of being the “other” and having experienced atrocities as a result means that his thoughts on true gospel forgiveness and embrace are powerful and part of his lived experience. Every pastor should have to read it.
One of my favorite discipleship books ever. I seriously struggle to get my act together, and Wilson speaks of a gospel big enough even for strugglers like me. Want a soul lift to get you off on the right path for January? Well, this is it.
Tomorrow I will cover the last 5. They are goodies as I have had some time off to read in the last part of the year. I will also reveal my book of the year.