Friday, October 31, 2014

Reading List! (October 31, 2014)

Happy Reformation Day!!!!! Just two books this month – but hey, one of them was about 575 pages!

Finished this month:
What Is A Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Excellent book! If you want to grow as a Christian you need to grow as a member of the body of Christ! Many of us think we are doing just fine, but in reality we need to grow so much more! This book will probably be convicting, but I hope it will inspire you to grow in Christlikeness!

“A growing church member is someone who looks more and more like Jesus in attitude of heart, thought, speech and action. That’s what we long to be and long for our churches to be.” (p. 89)

Spurgeon on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare by C.H. Spurgeon
Yes! Finished! It’s a big one, but yes, really good!!! So many gems in this book, encouraging, inspiring, convicting…. There’s one section which is all just prayers from Spurgeon and they are so inspiring! I have been reminded of the call we have to prayer, to trust in the attributes and promises of God that He will answer. He writes that the attendance at prayer meetings is in decline and “in many cases the prayer meeting is despised. It is looked down on as a sort of second-rate gathering.” But “The prayers of the church measure its prosperity. If we restrain prayer, we restrain the blessing.” (see p. 121). A lot of good teaching and encouragement in this book!

“Who are we that, by our narrow expectations, we limit this Holy One of Israel?... Let us grasp at greater things, for it is reasonable, with the Lord to trust in, to look for greater things…Why not? Who can justify the absence of the strongest hope since He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we ask or think.” (p. 332)

“It is worthwhile to live the most afflicted and tried life, as long as we know God and taste His love. Let Him do what seems good to Him, as long as He will but be God to us and permit us to call Him our Father and our God.” (p. 479)

Currently Reading:
Abraham’s Four Seeds by John G. Reisinger
A Hunger for God by John Piper (2nd time reading)

Additional books I want to finish this month:
Hoping to get through all these! Continuity and Discontinuity: Perspectives on the Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments (various writers) and Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love by Robert Peterson

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