Why reading is important

Today’s J1M.info Weekend Edition writer is Jonathan Howe. Jonathan is a PK (preacher’s kid). More than that, he is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and it shows. His commitment to the kingdom of God is sincere, enthusiastic, and contagious. Jonathan is married to CrossPoint’s Children’s Minister, Beth. They have two incredible little boys, Ethan and Parker. I know you will enjoy Jonathan’s blogs.

I love that Ryan challenged us to read more in 2009.

I love it for many reasons, but a big one has to be the fact that I work for a Christian publisher.

If you can’t find one at the New Hope website, I offer these few humble suggestions:

  • Sex, Sushi, and Salvation – Christian George, Moody Publishers

The three basic passions of humans are intimacy, community, and eternity. We long for them because we were created in the image of God. Only God can completely fulfill them. Jumping from one adventure to the next, author Christopher George takes you on a wild ride. Travel out of your fear of life’s turbulent experiences to a confidence that comes from knowing God.

  • Crazy Love – Francis Chan, David C. Cook Publishing

The God of the universe is crazy about you! His love is the most powerful thing in the world and He wants to give it to you, so you can live for Him. If you have made a commitment to follow Christ, then read “Crazy Love” to be reminded and challenged in your walk. Sharing from his own life struggles and sacrifices, author Francis Chan issues a call for selfless, Christ-like living. Let the love you have received from God impact your life like never before.

  • Essential Church – Thom Rainer, B&H

Why are so many 18- to 22-year-old Christians leaving the church—and what will it take to reverse the trend? In this important follow-up to the bestseller Simple Church, the Rainers share surprising insights from their survey of 1,000 “dropouts.” Find out why young adults stopped attending—and discover four concrete strategies for bringing them back!

  • When I Don’t Desire God, How to Fight for Joy – John Piper, Crossway

What do you do when you discover that you’re not satisfied in God the way he wants you to be? Joy is more than an afterthought of the Christian life; it is the sustaining fruit of a relationship with God. With a radical passion for Christ’s glory, John Piper helps you find the joy God wants you to have.

  • Blood Covenant – Michael Franzese, Whitaker House

A sworn member of the Colombo crime family in New York City, Michael Franzese was considered the biggest moneymaker in the mob since Al Capone. At age 35, he was number eighteen on Fortune Magazine’s list of the fifty most wealthy and powerful Mafia bosses in America. But then he did the unthinkable. He quit the mob. Franzese met Camille Garcia, who turned his world upside down with her innocent beauty. He fell in love with her, married her and began a new life that didn’t include the Mafia. Nobody of Franzese’s rank ever just walked away from the mob and lived to tell about it. But Franzese has somehow managed to avoid the grave after he turned his back on the past. But what made him leave the lavish lifestyle of the Mafia? And how has he escaped what should have been sure death after he quit the mob? Now, in one of the most fascinating books ever written about today’s Maifa, Michael Franzese reveals answers to the many mysteries surrounding his incredible life. Walk the streets with him and find out how and why he has done what no one else managed to do-and live. Journey with him through a life defined by two blood covenants. The first bound him to the mob. The second set him free.


2 Responses to “Why reading is important”

  1. January 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Okay, you just knocked it out the park with that lineup of books. Essential Church is my book of the week next week. My son wants me to read Crazy Love, so that will be for the next week. Thank you for the primers on each of these books. Healthy selection. Good blogs. Thanks also for your service to the kingdom through JUSTONEMORE.INFO.

  2. January 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Thanks Jonathon. You discern so much about leadership in a church by reviewing their literary intake. I’ve been thankful from the beginning at Crosspoint in this regard since the authors and content (from the ones with which I am familiar…still reviewing)line up with scripture. Thanks also for keeping up the blog and I notice that I don’t have to re-enter my info each time. If that was a change you made, it helps people such as myself who make that mistake. God Bless.

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