What I am reading this week

Book imageI sometimes get questions from folks about my reading and study habits. In a word, I read widely because this world is a massive community, filled with teachers from many different perspectives.


I often begin my day reading and meditating on a portion of Scripture. For more years than I can count, I take about 20 minutes of each 365 days to ponder the Scriptures. Between my ESV Bible and YouVersion, I rouse myself from lethargy and pursue God through Scripture for these reasons:

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalms 119:9-11

The Power of Habit
Had a great time re-reading Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. Judith and I gave a short talk about habits and how they shape us. Your habits are either making you or breaking you. If you are serious about change, not only read this book but be transparents with a few good folks who can help you seek new ways to live.

If you have never heard of the rapper Lecrae, check out his music. His new album, All Things Work Together, talks about how he handled the pain and rejection from his mostly white Christian fans for speaking up about the racism and white supremacy. I listened to his album about two or three times this week.

Bondage of the Will
I am writing a paper for the publication, Theology Matters. My article will focus on Luther’s book Bondage of the Will. Pray for me that I will meet this writing deadline before November 30.

Mission Drift
Just started listening to an audio version of Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches by Chris Horst and Peter Greer(good summary here if you don’t have time to read the book). This book is helping me understand how people and organizations drift from their core beliefs and practices. I will tell you more when I complete the book.

Happy reading!



What I am reading this week

I continue to believe the maxim that if we are to lead well, we must read well. In fact, I read with keen interest in Harvard Business Review the sad decline of reading in America and around the world.

Note how many business titans are or have been avid readers. According to The New York Times, Steve Jobs had an “inexhaustible interest” in William Blake; Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that in it you have to take off your shoes and bow; and Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman called poets “the original systems thinkers,” quoting freely from Shakespeare and Tennyson. In Passion & Purpose, David Gergen notes that Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein reads dozens of books each week. And history is littered not only with great leaders who were avid readers and writers (remember, Winston Churchill won his Nobel prize in Literature, not Peace), but with business leaders who believed that deep, broad reading cultivated in them the knowledge, habits, and talents to improve their organizations.

Whenever I meet with a couple for premarital counseling, one of the first questions I ask is, “What have you been reading lately about marriage?” What do you think most of these couples said to me? Nothing.

Reading is critical to spiritual, intellectual, spiritual and emotional growth. If you are a writer, you must be a reader.

Here are a few things I am reading these days:

5 Disciplines of a Growing Marriage
My wife and I wrote this book, and we highly recommend it to seasoned couples, to new couples, even singles who are thinking about getting married.

The Meaning of Marriage
An excellent book, written by Pastor Tim Keller and his wife, Kathy.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Though not written from a Christian perspective, this book by John Gottman is loaded with powerful insights for couples who desire to have a flourishing marriage.

I would also encourage you to read the bible. I tell couples that many if not all the books written about marriage find their ideas from Scripture. Read well, if you want to lead well

So what you are you reading this week? Share your comments below.

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