Thursday, January 30, 2014

the book stack

I think there is something unique about winter that can sometimes sap the life of a writer. Or at least this writer. The days start too early and too dark, and much too cold to get my molasses brain going.

But still I show up. And I write. And I edit. Then I do it all over again.

On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to take in good stuff. So I have been reading. And reading more.

Nearly every night Zac and I sit in bed and trade books. We read a chapter in one, and we talk. And then read more. 

On the pile right now:

The House Church Book: Our recent church changes have exposed all kinds of questions, this one is helping us to find some answers. And raising more good questions. Not really a book about a particular model of doing church, but lots of thought provoking ideas that keep us up late at night discussing.

Total Church: I'm barely one chapter in and decided to wait to finish The House Church Book. Because I think this may rock our world. In a good way.

The Elements of Style: Yes. I know I break lots of the rules here, but I want to be better.

Writing Tools: see above note

The Grapes of Wrath: I know I read it earlier in life, but I have no memory of it. As a book lover I feel obligated to pull out these old required reads.

Impossible to Please: Let's just call this book writing research and leave it at that for now.

Writing for the Soul: Inspirational, good ideas and more inspirational.

Also, I just finished In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. It's a good read, especially if God is asking you to do something big and bold. It has inspired me to be more of a lion chaser. Based on the life of Benaiah, one of David's mighty men, it will no doubt inspire you to dream big and then chase those God dreams down to make them reality.

And as usual, there is another stack to begin as soon as this one is done.

What are you reading these days?

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