With summer a little more than half over it’s time to check out how the summer reading is going. Up first, a quick look at what I’ve read so far:
Don’t Waste Your Life This was the first book I read this summer. It was definitely a solid read – thoroughly challenging. The chapter on how not to waste you job (i.e. working 9-5 for the glory of God) was very good.
Future Men Well, this book was written for parents who are raising boys, which (obviously!) made me part of its target audience – not. Nonetheless, Doug Wilson did well to put out a decent definition of manhood while highlighting certain characteristics that parents need to be cultivating in their boys.
The chapter titled “Contempt for Cool” caught my attention, as even thinking about having a contempt for coolness is totally counterculture. My favorite quote from this book is definitely, “A biblical wife can outdo all the one-night-stands in the world. Information to the contrary is nothing more than lying propaganda.”
I thoroughly enjoy the way Wilson writes, he is witty, down to earth and humorous, making this book an enjoyable read.
Her Hand In Marriage This book was an excellent treatise on courtship. Dealing with everything from theological reasons for courtship to the practical outworking of how a wedding should be planned – and all of this in under 92 pages! The chapter on parents authority (in particular, the dads authority) over their daughters romantic interests was well worth the price of the book. Arguing from Numbers 30 (and other texts) Doug Wilson lays out a clear biblical case for the responsibility of fathers in their daughters lives – especially with regard to their marriage. Another enjoyable read from Mr. Wilson.
What Is A Healthy Church Spurred on by my need to pick a church to attend for the summer, yet not wanting to do so without some informed thought, I finally read What Is A Healthy Church by Mark Dever. This book is short and has short chapters, making it very easy to read. Reading this book did well to bolster my ecclesiology. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to begin thinking more biblically about the Church.
A Survey Of The Old Testament Granted, this was one of the required text books for the summer class I just finished up; but I still had to read it, in all it’s thick, textbookieness. In short, I would describe this book as a glorified study Bible; that is, it contains all of the stuff (and more) that you find before each book in a study Bible. The authors give the outline, background, structure and organization, purpose and message, how the book was written, and the key theological themes for each of the books in the Old Testament. There are also chapters on the different genres found in the Old Testament – I found the piece on prophecy to be very helpful.
Cracking Old Testament Codes Another required read (courtesy of my class) but decent none the less. This book takes a more in depth look at the different genres contained in the Old Testament, including: narrative, historiography, law, nonproverbial wisdom, apocalyptic, lament, oracles of salvation and others. One of the best features of this book was that it included a piece on how to most effectively interpret each of the different genres – this was very beneficial.
Thoughts for Young Men This book was short, a lot shorter than I expected it to be. But, J.C. Ryle does a good job to pack an excellent exhortation to young men in only a few pages.
Next, stay tuned to see what books are in the queue for the rest of the summer in Part 2.