>Whatcha Gonna Read This Year?

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The figures are dismal…most adults don’t read. Ever. Some may read one book a year.

Yet books are powerful tools…if used. In the 14th century, writer, monk and bishop Richard de Bury said, “Books are masters who instruct us without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep. If you seek them, they do not hide, if you blunder, they do not scold, if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.”

You don’t even have to plug a book in!

There are several great books located in my “carousel” to the left. If you need a recommendation, ask!

But remember…you’ll never “find” time to read; you need to make time to read.

And avoid the danger of reading books about the Book rather than the Book!

>A Stunning Diagnosis of American "Christianity"

>Timing. I traveled from my Korean Kamp to a local bookstore to pick up something, and saw a copy of “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. I had seen an ad for it a couple days ago, glanced at the preface (a good practice, by the way) and bought it (it helped it was on sale!).

Got back to camp, played basketball and chatted with a 32-year old staff member about life in general, and life with Christ particularly. We came to some conclusions…

Then I got on line, and received this from Pete Wilson, Pastor of Cross Point in Nashville…maybe God is confirming, challenging, working? Here are Pete’s words:

I just finished up a book by Francis Chan called ‘Crazy Love’. What a great book, especially the first four chapters! While the series is not based on the book (we just stole the title) there is a quote that I used in yesterday’s message that I wanted to reflect on a little further.

Chan said this,

The goal of American Christianity is often a nice marriage, children that don’t swear, and good church attendance. Taking the words of Christ literally and seriously is rarely considered. Most of us want a balanced life that we can control, that is safe, and that does not involved suffering.

This quote hit me like a truck. See, here’s my problem.

I want to give. I just don’t want to give in a way that impacts my family’s lifestyle.

Back to Jack’s thoughts: I am certain I’ll be posting more about this book…if you want to join me in reading

I’m fine sacrificing my time as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my agenda.

I want to trust God with all aspects of my life, but I still desire to control all the outcomes.

Back to Jack…I’m sure I will be posting more on this book…I am praying my heart is ready to read, heed, obey…want to join in the reading? You can get it from Amazon on the link below…and, as always, if you purchase the book that way, a few shekels will be added to my account…http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=1434768511&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

>Pertinent Info from a Puritan

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Thomas Brooks lived from 1608-1680. I betcha he really lived, as opposed to existed. Here is a very important reminder:

Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian.