Category: Reading

3 Books to Deepen Your Delight in Jesus

I have a new book coming out in early 2017 titled God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader (Baker Books). In this new volume, I compare Jesus with Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad. In preparation for writing my new book, I read close to 100 books about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and about…

Should We Read Print Books or E-books?

  Is it better to read paper books or electronic books? E-books have their benefits: They are convenient, especially when traveling, and they are often significantly less expensive than physical books. They are also becoming more like physical books as developers continue to improve the technology. Also, I think all reading is good, so I don’t oppose the reading of…

Reading As a Stress Reliever

For the last 35 years of my life I have made it my goal to try to read at least three hours a day. It’s an ambitious objective, and there have certainly been many days that I haven’t achieved it. But overall I’ve been successful in pursuing this intellectual discipline. I even got in trouble with my wife for bringing…

Five Reading Tips to Stretch Your Mind

The motto for the United Negro College Fund sends chills up my spine whenever I hear it: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”  This simple sentence is foreboding—yet it offers a worthy challenge. From a Christian worldview the stakes are even higher. The Bible teaches that humans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27). Thus, we…

What Does Reading Do to Your Brain?

In a conversation on the accomplishments to be desired in the ideal woman, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy comments, “And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” It seems that, for both genders, “extensive reading” of literary classics invigorates the brain-mind. Stanford researchers used brain-imaging technology to investigate what…

Why God Gave Us a Book Instead of a Nook

My 18-year-old son, Michael, recently told me that he does almost all of his reading on electronic devices. As his dinosaur-era father, I read almost exclusively from physical books. All three of my adult children have grown up in the amazing time of the Internet. Certainly there are benefits—such as convenience—to reading books and articles in electronic formats (my church…

My Three Favorite Books on the Trinity

As a historic Christian the most appealing aspect of my faith is the truth that God is Triune (one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). God’s unique Triune nature is revealed in the pages of Scripture and is theologically defined in the historic creeds and confessions of Christendom. The doctrine of the Trinity is arguably historic Christianity’s…

10 Influential Theological Books, Part 2

In part one of this series I listed five theological books that have exercised an enduring influence upon not only myself as an avid reader, but also upon generations of Christians—and even Western civilization in general. Here are the remaining books that made the list. Again, the works are listed in alphabetical order by author. 6. Saved By Grace by…

10 Influential Theological Books, Part 1

Happy New Year! Now that the hectic holiday time has passed, it’s time to set resolutions for 2013. Healthy eating and exercise frequently make the list, but mental and spiritual fitness should, too. To encourage your intellectual growth in the New Year, I offer up this two-part list of great theological works. Influential educator Mortimer J. Adler defines a “great…