I’ve always got a book or two I’m reading at the same time. At the moment I’m reading three!
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl R. Trueman
This is probably the most fascinating book I’ve read in months. Back in college many, many years ago I took a Philosophy course and loved it. Since it was so long ago and I don’t use Philosophy at all, I had forgotten almost everything I’d learned. This book has given me a refresher in not only Philosophy but also Literature (Romanticism in particular) History, and Theology. It’s not a quick read, but it does give an explanation about the schools of thought and events leading up to the sexual revolution and how they impact political and religious thought today.
I can’t recommend this book enough. I picked it up because I’m a fifty-something writing about twenty-and thirty-something characters and I was feeling out of touch with that age group and their views on love and romance. What I ended up reading was an excellent guidebook that’s written for teens and young adults but should be read by everyone. McDowell provides biblical answers and explanations for the difficult questions and issues facing youth today. I learned a lot and I’m sure you will too.
Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham Jr.
I set this book aside to start on Trueman’s book, but not because this one isn’t good. It’s incredible, but I realized that I couldn’t read both of these at the same time. Voddie’s book is one that needs digesting and personalizing. Apologetics doesn’t come easy to me, and I want to learn more about spreading God’s word and how I can do that faithfully and effectively. This is a book that explains how to do that.
Incidentally, I found out this week that Voddie Baucham is very ill. I’ve heard many sermons by him and have learned from them all, in addition to his wonderful book I mentioned above. Voddie and his family live in Africa, but he’s now in the US receiving treatment. If you’d like to donate to help his family with medical expenses, click here. I also recommend going to Youtube and finding his sermons.
I’d love to know what you’re reading. 🙂 Let me know in the comments below.