Twitterature: Recent Christian Reads

recent reads, twitterature-style

Ages ago I signed up for various blogger book-review programs. One of the main things I learned from those programs was that, in general, I don’t like reviewing Christian books. I still owe a review for the last book I accepted from one program, and I’ve got a number of other books that I’ve read recently that I never reviewed (all library books or my own, so my procrastination isn’t as bad as with that one.) This latest Twitterature linkup was a perfect goad for me to try and get as many of them off my “to review” list as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thought-Provoking and I’m Very Glad I Read
  • The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the BibleScot McKnight's The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight.
    Understandable and thoughtful look at how to read the bible. Loved his specific examples of how everyone picks and chooses what to take literally in their interpretations. If you like Rachel Held Evans, you’ll likely like this one. If you don’t like her, you’re probably already scandalized that I enjoyed this one.
  • Holy Ambition: Turning God-Shaped Dreams Into RealityChip Ingram's Holy Ambition: Turning God-Shaped Dreams Into Reality by Chip Ingram
    Practical, inspiring, motivating. Oh, and he bases his concepts on Nehemiah. Love that. (I read the older edition, but the revised edition I’ve linked to doesn’t seem to have substantive changes).
Worth Reading, but won’t ever read it again
Didn’t Do Much For Me
  • Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary WorldBob Goff's Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff.
    I expected to love this book after “meeting” Goff in Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand YearsA Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story. Instead I feel like the highlights I got from Miller’s book were enough, and Goff’s own book ended up feeling repetitive and tiresome. Maybe I just don’t relate to him? Some of his antics seemed juvenile rather than whimsical, and irresponsible rather than spontaneous. It’s also very Christian-lite, and his subtitle doesn’t match the text. His story isn’t something most people can replicate, unless they also are super wealthy. I’m sure he’d be fun to have coffee with – his stories are amazing. His book though? Disappointing.
  • Your Signature Life: Pursuing God’s Best Every DayDianna Booher's Your Signature Life: Pursuing God's Best Every Day by Dianna Booher.
    Like the premise of it – the importance of giving my best to all the small and seemingly insignificant details of daily life. Not sure why it didn’t engage me more than it did, but I plodded through it.
  • Sabbath: The Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series)Dan Allender's Sabbath: The Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series) by Dan Allender.
    Wanted to like it, but found the writing to be really dull and repetitive.
Never Finished

For more peeks at what people are reading, head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s link-up!

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  1. I’m with on “Anything” and “Everything.” Both had good stuff, but they didn’t thrill me – I thought they both incorporated a little too much emotion, which doesn’t appeal to me at all. I surrender to God because I choose to, not for some emotional high. Oh, and I checked “Sabbath” out of the library a while back, and never actually finished it. Just couldn’t get into his writing style. Haven’t read any of the others though…

    • Glad to hear I’m not alone on my thoughts about Anything and Everything. (what a title combo there!) And that I’m not the only one who didn’t care for Allender’s writing style.

  2. I understand where you are coming from with your “to review” list. I have a couple of books that I need to write reviews for too. Maybe today is the day to push through the laziness.

  3. Love this Twitterature linkup. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad to hear someone else had the same reaction to “Everything”. I felt bad, b/c I was on the book’s launch team! I tried to deeply connect with it, but I just couldn’t for some reason. I completely agree with you – it was very well written and is the kind of book I usually flip over. I’ve been meaning to read The Blue Parakeet for a few years now. I like how you reviewed it–it sounds like I will adore it (and not be scandalized ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I’ve almost picked up “Love Does” multiple times, and it sounds like my instincts about the book were on line with your review. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I think I would really enjoy hearing him speak though.)

    • I would *love* to hear Goff speak. I’m sure it’d be fantastic. And if you ever read Blue Parakeet, I’d love to hear your thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Adding your ‘Thought-Provoking’ books to my list!

  5. I only made it halfway through Bob Goff’s book; I kept having the feeling his stories would be better told in person, over coffee, like you said. Plus I’ve never actually read anything by Donald Miller…another reminder to get on that.

    • I’ve only read that one book by Miller, but really enjoyed it. Enough that I keep telling myself to get to some of his other books soon!

  6. I felt the same way about Love Does. And The Blue Parakeet has been on my to-read list for FOREVER. Glad to know you found it worthwhile.

  7. Thanks for your reviews, Sheila. Your Rachel Evans comment cracked me up. My brother-in-law is a minister and he loves Blue Parakeet.

  8. Love this break down. The Blue Parakeet intrigues me. I have never read anything by Rachel Held Evans either so I am sure it will be totally fresh to me!


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