The Gospel Coalition has a blog series called, "On My Shelf," where they ask different people about books they'd recommend. I hope TGC won't mind, but I want to adapt what they do for my blog and give book recommendations once a month.
I love the image above because of the wisdom of the saying. In our culture today, we are tempted to believe we have more to say and teach than we have to learn. But the truth is, if you want to say anything of substance, then you must learn by reading. My forthcoming book is only coming out after 10 years (!) of reading on the subject. So it's a good motto to follow: Read more; say less. Or: Read more; tweet less.
What's on my shelf this month (as I literally go to my shelf to pull off books)?
My husband and I are currently reading this book by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson with our small group at church. We all have small children and are at the beginning of our parenting journey (although we are further along than the rest; Philip turns 7 next month!). This book is evangelistic, reiterating the truths of the gospel throughout its pages. The authors also force the readers to examine their parenting in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. How does grace transform the way we parent?
Sharon Hodde Miller's book is the newest book on my shelf (it came out in the fall of 2017). In a narcistic culture where it's always in vogue to say "look inside yourself" regarding anything motivational, Miller's book provides life giving words: Look to Jesus, not yourself. We all struggle with selfishness and therefore will find Miller's book relevant to all of our situations.
Co-authored by one of my former professors Randy Richards, this book is a staple go-to book. This book addresses the many ways in which our Western culture might blind us or distort the way we read the Bible. Relevant. Helpful. Insightful. Convicting. If you don't have this book, you should definitely add it to your shelf.
This short but wonderful book takes the collects of Thomas Cranmer and provides history and meditation for each one. As an Anglican, this little book is especially helpful as a devotional guide through the liturgical calendar year. However, you do not need to be an Anglican to enjoy the spiritual riches of this devotional book.
While writing my book last year, I had many books on my shelf on the topic of women and ministry. Many of these books are now back in my husband's office, but this one continues to stay close by. This was the first book on this topic that I bought when I was in college. It was either an assigned textbook or I bought it for a project for a class; I can't remember. But this book started me on my trajectory of research and writing on this topic. It's foundational. Although I have the earlier version of this book, I'd imagine the most recent version is just as helpful. In essence, this book provides four voices speaking on the topic of women in ministry from two viewpoints. These perspectives provide a framework for which to begin thinking about this issue. If you are at all interested in this topic, this book is the perfect place to start.
What's on your bookshelf this month?