What Are You Reading?

Leaders are readers. Someone told me that one time.  I think it’s good advice.

Here’s what’s in my hands right now:

Too Busy Not to Pray: Bill Hybels

About the Book:

For the past twenty years Too Busy Not to Pray has stood as a classic on prayer, helping Christians all over the world slow down to draw near to God.

During those years, the world certainly hasn’t slowed down. If anything, the pace, intensity and number of distractions have only increased. Brokenness and pain seem to have increased as well, with news of civil war, poverty, broken families and sex-trafficking touching us daily. The urgent need for prayer is clear, but busyness still keeps many of us from finding time to pray. Two truths haven’t changed in twenty years: God is the same powerful, just, holy God he’s always been; and true prayer–prayer that changes us and allows us to participate in God’s work in the world–can’t happen on the fly. So Bill Hybels once again offers us his practical, time-tested ideas on slowing down to pray. Revised throughout and including a new introduction and new chapter on prayer and compassion for the world, this twentieth-anniversary edition of Too Busy Not to Pray calls both young and old to make prayer a priority, and broadens our vision for what our eternal, powerful God does when his people slow down to pray.

Dual Citizens: Worship and Life Between the Already and the Not Yet: Jason J. Stellman

About the Book:

The saints of old acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth (Hebrews 11:13b). This is no less true for Christians today; as Paul writes, “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20a). But though we are on the road to that homeland, we are not there yet.

It is from this understanding of Christians as pilgrims wayfaring strangers on the road to their true home but living in the meantime in a foreign land that Rev. Jason J. Stellman has written Dual Citizens: Worship and Life between the Already and the Not Yet.

Stellman wrestles with the implications of the Christian’s dual citizenship in the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man, showing that the great challenge for believers today is maintaining their distinctiveness as redeemed people. Believers are free to participate in culture (though the Bible guides the way they participate), but they must not so immerse themselves in it that they obscure their true identities.

Dual Citizens is a call for believers to see the present from the standpoint of the future, for doing so will enable them to see their lives, with all their trials and triumphs, as part of God’s great unfolding story.

What are you reading?



2 Responses to “What Are You Reading?”

  1. 1 Dennis March 29, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Right now I’m reading a book called “God’s of Power” by Phil Steyne for a class I’m taking on Folk Religion.

    I’ve read “Too Busy not to Pray”. It’s pretty good. What do you think so far?

  2. 2 theendisforever March 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    It’s not too bad. I think the application is harder than reading the actual book. I get extremely busy during the day and always think to myself, “Oh ya… do __________ (insert principle)”. Then I have to tell myself, “GO DO IT THEN!!!”

    Application is always the killer…

    Knowledge is useless unless applied.

    What did you think?

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