Summer Reading 2011

Just thought I would share what I am reading over the summer.

How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

The late Francis Schaeffer was one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century. He wrote and studied the decline of western culture. Schaeffer gives a personal analysis of the key moments throughout history which have formed our present culture, and the thoughts of the men who brought those moments to pass.

God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation

Dr. Andreas Kostenberger serves as professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  This book tackles the latest debates and cultural challenges to God’s plan for marriage and the family and urges a return to the original biblical foundation.

Futurecast: What Today’s Trends Mean for Tomorrow’s World

George Barna serves as president of the Barna Research  Group. Barna presents a timely look at the world in which we are creating every day and offers solid data to show the path and direction country is heading.

Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise

Dr. Carol Swain is a college-professor, award-winning author, and regular contributor to FOX and CNN News. Dr. Swain thoughtfully examines the religious significance of the founding of our nation and the deceptions that have infiltrated our daily lives and now threaten traditional families, as well as our government.

Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples

Jim Putman is the Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Real-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved.

The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life

Robert Morris is the founding pastor of Gateway Church in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex. Morris clearly explains that the Holy Spirit’s chief desire is for relationship–to offer us the encouragement and guidance of a trusted friend.

What are you reading?

Book Review : Great Parents, Lousy Lovers

It is no secret that marriages bring with it its own set of problems and difficulties. Couples struggle with issues like extended family, finances, and careers. An additional stressor on couples is the responsibility of raising children. In their book, “Great Parents, Lousy Lovers: Discover How to Enjoy Life With Your Spouse While Raising Your Kids”, Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham address the many issues that couples deal with every day while raising children. As parents, there is a tendency when raising kids to put the focus upon them and forget about the marriage relationship. Smalley and Cunningham remind us that it is important to stay connected as a couple, learn to laugh together, come to terms with the role that each person plays in the family unit,  and to make our homes couple-centered and not kid-centered. They also show us that each person in the family is on a spiritual journey and that journey must be nurtured individually.

“Great Parents, Lousy Lovers” is an easy and enjoyable read. Smalley and Cunningham mix in humor, experience, and biblical advice that makes this book beneficial. It is a book that you will want to reread as your children grow up and your marriages develops. The most important thing I learned from this book is that our kids deserve parents who are happy and experience joy in their marriage. This sets a positive example for them years down the road. This book is most definitely worth your time.