Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Books for Me to Read

Indelible Ink edited by Scott Larsen- *****A
Essays by Joni Eareckson Tada, Charles Colson, Jay Kesler, Calvin Miller, Michael Card, Dallas Willard, Jill Briscoe, D. James Kennedy, J.I. Packer, Liz Curtis Higgs, Donald G. Bloesch, Kenneth N. Taylor, Gary R. Collins, Luci Shaw, Phillip E. Johnson, Luis Palau, John R. W. Stott, Edith Schaeffer, Walter Wangerin, Jr., Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, Larry Crabb

This book was excellent and I wanted to highlight it. When I throw all the books I'm reading out at the same time they can get kind of blended together and this one deserves individual attention.
The editor, Scott Larsen, asked each of the authors to write about the books, other than the Bible, that powerfully affected their faith. Each of these authors has a powerful ministry & testimony and most of the books they focused on had to do with a crisis of faith... Or a major transition time in their Christian walk.
Hearing each of these people, many of whom I respect and admire, speak of going through a 'dark night of the soul' and come out of it stronger in their faith has changed me. Has given me more hope in my own present 'dark night of the soul'... I was delighted with how many of them mention C.S. Lewis as being instrumental in their faith journey- 'Mere Christianity' was mentioned repeatedly, but other Lewis works were mentioned. Dostoyevsky was another frequently mentioned favorite...
I have a long list of books to read now!

Here's a sampling of the books I now want to read:
Foxe's Book of Martyrs- by John Foxe
Creed or Chaos, The Mind of the Maker- by Dorothy Sayer
Desiring God- by John Piper
Knowing God- by J.I. Packer
He is There and He is not Silent- by Francis Schaeffer
The Pursuit of God- by A.W. Tozer
In the Name of Jesus- by Henri Nouwen
The Cross of Christ- by John Stott

My goal is to read one of the books I heard about a month. I don't know if I can achive that because some of these are heavy, wordy tomes. Some of them won't be, though.

I'm so ready to be out of this valley, and on the mountain-top again.

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