Books, books, books!
Books are tremendously useful tools for expanding our own knowledge about life-permeating truths. Through books we can explore ideas, anticipate the changing tides of society, and think critically about our own beliefs. Reading is a joy that all people should partake in!
I must admit that part of my purpose for this section is selfish by nature: I’ve developed a practice of writing book reviews as a means to solidify important concepts in my mind, and also as a way of keeping myself accountable to a habit of reading (it really works!). That being said, I hope that reading not only increases my knowledge, but that I can live out the appropriate concepts in my life; I pray that I will read not for the satisfaction of attaining knowledge, but that my life would be impacted through it. I hope your intentions in reading are the same.
This section will include all the books that I personally read, whether out of sheer whim or for a specific purpose. My goal in this is not to be critical, but more to share my general thoughts on books that might be of use to you, to spark your interest in certain books. Furthermore, I will not give away the “punch line” to any book because I strongly believe that Christian authors need to be supported in any way possible, and giving away their main points would only deter a reader from purchasing the actual book in support of them. If a book review sparks your interest, it is in your best interest to purchase your own copy of the book and take notes in it (I always love writing in my own copies of books). Additionally, I know that many ministries are gracious about passing on knowledge about theology, faith, or Christian living and they are usually willing to provide free copies of books if you contact them.
So here’s a general structure of my book reviews:
I always start out my reviews with short biographical information about the author that is either found somewhere in the actual book, or is public information from their ministry’s website. I believe it is important to not only know who’s words you’re reading, but know a little about their background and base beliefs. This can become even more crucial when reading material from opposing positions, being well-informed is rarely detrimental to your understanding of a book. Plus, it’s a good habit to have whether you’re reading a textbook or the bible.
A general overview will follow where I will mention what the author basically talks about in his or her book. I will also address my general feelings towards the book overall based on the author’s writing style, the chapter structure, or even the different topics broached in the book (depending on the book).
Reading always impacts me, and I think it’s helpful for you to see how a book might have changed me personally. Books usually reveal new thoughts to me and may be influential in changing the way I think about things. So, this section is basically the “what I learned” part of my book review.
The finale of my book reviews: recommendations. I guess you can call it an endorsement to a certain extent. More specifically, I try to determine which demographic would most benefit from the book. Some books are directed at a certain audience, or people who are seeking specific information; some are good reads for everyone regardless of their season of life. In a few cases, I will try to deter or warn you from reading specific (most likely, heretical) books.
* You can view all my book reviews in the menu at the bottom right of the screen.