This Week’s Reading (and Watching)

I am a lifelong learner. I enjoy reading. I enjoy reading good books that increase my knowledge, shape my thinking, and generate ideas that make a difference. I love ideation, but also activation. The most beautiful ideas are those ideas that I can translate into action for myself and for others.

So, here is what is currently on my reading table.

Christian Reflections by C.S. Lewis is a collection of essays that I have not read before. They are a bit more academic, if that word is not quite appropriate, just leaning toward intellectual concerns. And yet, even these essays are full of nuggets for all. How about this simple one: “Those who think God has spoken, will naturally listen to what He has to say…”

Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson is one of the many biographies I am reading this year. The majority of biographies I am reading are presidential works, but I have many others on Einstein, da Vinci, Martin Luther, Van Gogh, J.I. Packer, and Kierkegaard. Einstein has provided me with endless quotes. I have wanted to read a substantial book on his entire life and this was my choice. (Note: The science in it is a bit difficult.)

I loved the quote from his friend Weizmann who spent an ocean voyage crossing the Atlantic and talking with Einstein daily about the theory of relativity: “During the crossing, Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and by the time we arrived I was fully convinced that he really understands it.” I am almost done this book and I now understand that Einstein really understands his theories.

Who is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus by John Ortberg. I have read many books by Ortberg. I had this one on the shelf for years and pulled it off to do some reading in preparing for my recent message on Jesus. I was blown away by how good this book is. If you want to read one book on Jesus this year, get this one.

The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath. These brothers have written a number of my favorite books that sit on the shelves in the leadership section of my library: Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and now The Power of Moments. Leaders, you can’t ever go wrong with a Heath brothers book.


John Adams by David McCullough. And while I am taking a short break from my reading on the presidents (in February I will start up again with Abraham Lincoln), I am watching the series on John Adams from the book by David McCullough. Waiting in the wings is the book Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and a volume of letters they wrote to each other.

The Old Testament. Finally, and most importantly, I am reading widely in the Old Testament. I didn’t mention various books about the Old Testament I am reading. I am not reading to study, just to be reminded of the sweeping amount of stories, wisdom, and vital lessons that are in our First Testament.

I take seriously the call to love the Lord my God with all my mind. I take equally seriously Paul’s words to Timothy to carefully study and think for the sake of the ministry of teaching. I am grateful to work with a team at Living Word who do the same. I am of the strong mindset of Jean Leclercq, that the love of learning and the desire for God go hand in hand.

What’s on your reading table these days?

Pastor Brian

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