I thought I would take a short minute and let you know what books I am currently making my way through. Some of these reviews will be posted in the next couple of weeks. Some of them might be longer. Some of them were my choice to read and some of them were sent to me by some publishers for review. Here is what I am reading. Does any of them look interesting to you?
I actually will post my review of this book on Friday. It has been very interesting and challenging as I think about working too much or pushing myself too much so that I become drained to the point of exhaustion.
"In Leading on Empty, Wayne Cordeiro candidly shares his experience of burnout with the hope that it will encourage others headed down the same path. He was able to get back in touch with his life, get back in proper balance, and allow God to reenergize his spirit in a way that propelled him forward to greater levels of service. Learn from his experience how you can continue a fruitful ministry. Better yet, take advantage of Wayne's helpful advice early on and avoid burnout altogether."
I met Jonathan Leeman back at The Weekender at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. This was one of the free books they passed out and I have greatly enjoyed it. I am most of the way through it. Look for this review sometime next week.
"Written both for church leaders and those in the pew, Reverberation proposes that churches become healthy and Christians become vibrant through evangelizing, preaching, teaching, singing, praying, and discipling one another with God's Word. From the pulpit to the playground, Reverberation reveals how God's Word can reverberate through our lives to reach outsiders and then grow and sustain us, His church. But this doesn't happen by accident--first, we must renew our confidence in the Word."
This is a book that was sent to me by a publisher that I am sort of interested in reading. Here is what the back cover says about the book.
"Alisa Harris grew up in a family that actively fought injustice and moral decay in America. She spent much of her childhood picketing abortion clinics and being homeschooled in the ways of conservative-Republican Christianity. As a teen she firmly believed that putting the right people in power would save the nation. But as she moved into adulthood, Alisa confronted unexpected complexities on issues that used to seem clear-cut. So she set about evaluating the strident partisanship she had grown up with, considering other perspectives while staying true to the deep respect she held for her parents and for the Christian principles that had always motivated her . . ."
I have had this book for months and don't know why I have not gotten to it. It is part of the Christian Encounters series with Thomas Nelson publishers. And it is about Tolkien. I hope to move this higher to the priority list as soon as I can.
"It was through The Hobbit and the three-volume The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien became a literary giant throughout the world. In his fiction, which earned him the informal title of "the father of modern fantasy literature," Tolkien presents readers with a vision of freedom--nothing preachy--that a strong, unequivocal faith can transmit."
And yes, I am slowly making my way through this heavy duty biography of Steve Jobs. Don't expect this within the next couple weeks though. And of course, Steve Jobs would never allow something to be written on the back of a jacket cover, that becomes much too cluttered. The book is about his life. There you go.