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Thirteen Books Ordered Today + Quick Thoughts On Craig Groeschel’s ‘It’

Here’s a list of the titles I ordered today.

I’ll be reading them rather quickly (I hope) – the fall semester starts at Fuller in September, and I’m pretty sure I won’t have much reading time after that (besides what I’ll be reading for class).

Anyway, here’s what’s coming in the mail to me as of today:

  1. Busted: Exposing Popular Myths about Christianity by Fred von Kamecke
  2. College Ministry 101: A Guide to Working with 18-25 Year Olds by Chuck Bomar (I REALLY hope this book isn’t a bust – we’re in desperate need of good campus ministry literature! No pressure, Chuck :p)
  3. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel
  4. The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by Frederick Fyvie Bruce
  5. Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time by Ken Blanchard
  6. On the New Testament (A Book You Will Actually Read) by Mark Driscoll
  7. On the Old Testament (A Book You’ll Actually Read) by Mark Driscoll
  8. On Who Is God? (A Book You’ll Actually Read) by Mark Driscoll
  9. On Church Leadership (A Book You’ll Actually Read) by Mark Driscoll
  10. Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions by Mark Driscoll
  11. Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright
  12. The Kingdom-Focused Church: A Compelling Image of an Achievable Future for Your Church by Gene Mims
  13. The Source by John Clayton

I’m looking forward to diggin in to these titles.

Speaking of digging in, I just finished reading It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It by Craig Groeschel.

Zondervan does a great job marketing their products, but they disappointed me with It – I didn’t care for this book. No, I’m not going to right a full review of It, either. Here are a couple of quick thoughts:

It‘s not that It‘s a horrible book or poorly written or anything like that. Good content is there and It‘s readable.

BUT … I just didn’t learn anything new in reading It. Much of It was simply a repeat of material found in Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren – a much better book that I highly recommend church leaders read.

I also got tired of the way Craig used the word It throughout the book. Italicising and highlighting almost every It made for a very annoying read, much like It probably is in this blog post.

It‘s really annoying, isn’t It?

Yes, It is!

Okay … enough of that …

I’m currently reading the daily devotional guide that goes along with Lead Like Jesus, and have also gotten a little ways into Wide Awake by Erwin McManus. They’re both good so far.

By the way – thanks to everyone who contributed to the Apologetics Resource List.

Once I digest these new books and get some faith building studies on paper, I’ll share them with everyone.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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