Thinking Out Loud

April 16, 2012

Currently Reading

I saw something recently that disparaged people who had two books on the go at the same time. I’m not sure where that leaves me, seeing as how I’m currently reading four different books.

  • Evolving in Monkey Town – Rachel Held Evans — I think this came out more than a year ago, but since I’m good friends with the guy that owns the Christian bookstore, I didn’t think he’d mind if I took a peek, especially considering I’ve linked to RHE on this blog many times.  Next thing I knew, I’d read 100 page. She really is a talented writer, and I actually know more now about the “Scopes Monkey Trial” than ever before. It’s not a review copy though, so the next 100 pages may not be in the near future; and the other customers might not appreciate getting a used book.
  • Soul Detox – Craig Groeschel — This book is publishing in May and I was blessed to get an advance copy which I started reading to my boys out loud each night. I said we’d do just a chapter or two but they’re really enjoying it, considering that a few years back, they were grossed out when Craig spit in the middle of one of the Chazown videos, earning him the name ‘Pastor Hork.’ That aside, three chapters in I can report that this is an excellent resource, especially for men.
  • Empty Promises – Pete Wilson — I guess David Platt has lost his monopoly on bright orange book covers. I’m also three chapters in on this one, plus Pete preached from the book yesterday so I got a double dose. This book is going to strike a lot of nerves, as many of us look for ‘things’ to satisfy us in ways only God can.  This one published this week already, so I should work on finishing it first so the review will be timely.
  • Spirit Rising – Jim Cymbala — The pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle turns in another first class exhortation to prayer and Spirit-filled living; but you already know that since I’ve been quoting from it here and at the C201 blog, with a couple of other sections bookmarked for future quotation. I’d like to figure out how to do a trip to New York City where I could catch both Jim Cymbala and Timothy Keller in one Sunday.


  1. I like reading several books at once, as well. I’m reading through “Christian Apologetics” by Douglas Groothuis, and I just finished a Christian thriller novel, “Scream,” by Mike Dellosso, all the while continuing to read through the Bible daily. Jim cymbala’s new book is only my wish list. Have you read Timothy Keller’s book on The Gospel of Mark, “King’s Cross”? Great stuff!

    Comment by Bob Rogers — April 21, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    • I read The Reason for God and Prodigal God by Keller. Those hardcovers can get expensive!!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 21, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

  2. Agreed! That’s why I am reading all of these books on a Kindle. Saves money.

    Comment by Bob Rogers — April 22, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    • Ouch! You must be new here! My children get food to eat because of print publishing.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 22, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

      • LOL. Yes, I’m new. Does that mean you’re going to kick me out? I hope you are also making your work available via the Kindle and Nook. It’s the future, no doubt.

        Comment by Bob Rogers — April 23, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

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