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The Books on My Nightstand

“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.” -Charles Spurgeon


Reading is so important. Reading the Bible is the most important, and I even went through a period of time where I committed to reading nothing but the Bible so that it would be my main focus, and all other things would be secondary or complimentary to it (you can read about that here). Anyway, I thought I would compile a short list of books that are not only on my nightstand, but books that I have read, reread, or definitely plan on reading again.

 

“Bitesize Theology” by Peter Jeffery
An ABC of the Christian Faith

This is an easy-to-read book on theology. It gives you a good foundation on the Christian faith with many resources. If you have questions about the basics of Christianity, want to get a deeper understanding of theology, or just want to refresh your knowledge on subjects you haven’t thought about in a while, then this is a good place to start.

 

“War of Words” by Paul David Tripp
Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles

In this book you’ll be challenged and convicted, while being encouraged in your communication with others. He gets deep into the biblical truth and power of our words and how these things affect our relationship with God and others. He has great illustrations and questions at the end of each chapter to help you consider what you’ve read. It’s actually been a while since I’ve read this and I need to read it again soon.

 

“Galatians” by RJ Grunewald
Selections From Martin Luther’s Commentary

Have you ever wanted to read some of the great authors, but been too intimidated and didn’t really know where to start? Well, I have and I thought this was a great introduction to Martin Luther. I started reading it on vacation this last summer and I really enjoyed it. In this commentary from Martin Luther he’s taking you through the book of Galatians. Through this book I was able to get a new and different perspective on the law and the gospel. Even though this book is rich with information and theology, I actually found it to be easy-to-read because of the way the content is laid out, and since it’s only tackling the book of Galatians it’s not too lengthy, but just the right size to read along while you’re also reading your Bible.

 

“Safe People” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
How to Find Relationships That are Good For You and Avoid Those That Aren’t

Wow. I just recently read this at the suggestion of someone, and all I can say is that I wish I would have read it years ago, but everything in God’s timing. 🙂 I really recommend everyone read this book. It’s not only about finding “safe people” for friendships (or any type of relationships), but also being a “safe person” for others, and I think we can all swing on the spectrum of safety. I read this quickly and just ate up all the information. I will probably read it again soon and take my time with it this time through. I really liked it for so many reasons, but mostly because it’s from a Christian perspective and talks about how much we need community and friendship, and really convicted me in some of these areas. You must read it all the way through, because the last chapter is so valuable and if you’re going into this book looking for excuses to end certain relationships then you’ve missed the whole point of the Christian life. A really great book!

 

“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp
How to speak to the heart of your child.

It’s been several years since I read this, although I have gone back and reread certain chapters. If you have kids and are trying to raise them in a godly manner, then I highly suggest this book. It really changed my perspective on parenting and I’m very thankful for that. Although it does talk about discipline, which is crucial, it highlights the importance of training, and puts a huge focus on the motives of the heart, in both the child and the parent. Really, even with teenagers now, it would be good for me to read through the whole book again.

 

“Weakness Is The Way” by J.I. Packer
Life With Christ Our Strength

This book came along at just the right time in my life (it’s funny how God works that way), and was just what I needed to hear when I was going through a great season of significant weakness. J.I. Packer talks about his personal struggles with weakness, while taking you through the book of 2 Corinthians and all that Paul was dealing with. Even though it is a small book, it is filled with great insights, encouragements, and centers on Christ who is our strength in weakness. This was the first book I’ve read by J.I. Packer, but will definitely not be my last.

 

“What Did You Expect” by Paul David Tripp 
Redeeming The Realities of Marriage

Several years ago my husband and I had the opportunity to go through this class along with reading the book. It was so helpful. This book is convicting, instructional and encouraging and it gives a biblical and practical approach to marriage. It gave me an understanding of God’s purpose for marriage, something that I had not understood before. It also helped with communication and understanding between my husband and myself. I highly recommend this book for people who are already married or for couples that plan on getting married.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want more information on the importance of reading? Here is an article on just that: Charles Spurgeon’s 9 Tips for Christian Readers

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