Summer Reading Challenge

Summer has reached its midpoint. And if you’re not doing anything, then I’m challenging you to finish at least one book this season.

If you have no book in mind, the following are worth reading:

1. A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur. This book is a rich and intensive exposition of Luke 15. MacArthur uses cultural, biblical, and sometimes historical references to explain the parable of the prodigal son.
2. Desiring God by John Piper. This book is radically God-centered and mind-blowing. It invites people to intensify our longing for happiness, which is good and not sinful, and pursue it in God, to whom the deepest and most enduring happiness can only be found. Throughout the book, Piper expounds on Christian Hedonism, the philosophy that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. You may read this book online or download it for FREE at the Desiring God Web site.
3. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. This is a book on, obviously, how to avoid a wasted life. Piper discusses topics such a boasting in the cross, magnifying Christ through death and pain, risks, making others glad in God, living to prove God is more precious than life, secular work, and missions and mercy. This book is profound in content and is interesting.
4. Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. This book is a good introduction to theology. Harris tackles important doctrines including of God, Scripture, Jesus, atonement, salvation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, and the church, and uses personal stories on how they were weaved into his life. (Harris linked my review in his Web site. See it here).
5. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. So far, this is the most intellectually-moving book I ever read. It is a must-read for skeptics and believers and it has given me intellectually-compelling claims in responding to skepticism and in grounding my faith.

So go and read this summer. Enjoy!

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~ by Enzo Cortes on May 4, 2011.

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