May 21, 2009

Summer Reading Projects

I was recently disturbed at my personal dearth of reading. I found myself thinking, "So, I'm preparing for seminary and future pastoral work, but I'm not reading much at all? That doesn't make sense."

I almost find an exclusive dichotomy of either reading Scripture or reading Christian living/Theology titles. Seldom have I read a good mixture of books simultaneously. I think I'm OCD enough that I want to finish something I've started, not start something else prior.

So, I'm changing it up this summer. My goal is to read from (1) Scripture (2) Theology (3) Christian Living and (4) Devotional. These are prioritized by amount of reading, but by importance of reading, though 3 and 4 are able to be swapped.

  1. Scripture -- Paul's Epistles (ESV Journaling Bible)
  2. Theology -- Polity (ed. Mark Dever)
  3. Christian Living -- Wordliness (ed. CJ Mahaney)
  4. Devotional -- The Bruised Reed (Richard Sibbes)
I'm also desiring to enlist the help of The Valley of Vision to aid my prayer life.

If you have recommendations or books you're reading, comment below. Where possible, I've provided links to Westminster Book Store, where I shop for all my books online. (Obviously, they don't sell Dever's book on Polity in Baptist History.)