Making A Reading List
We all know that reading Scripture is vitally important. As followers of Christ, Scripture reading must inform all other reading, but it is important for church and youth leaders to be well-read. Proverbs 4:5 admonishes us to “Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.” Paul had an understanding of the ideas and leaders of the day when he spoke to the Athenians in Acts 17:16-34. Paul also asked Timothy to bring to him books and copies of the scriptures so that he could read them in prison (2 Timothy 4:13). As you make out your 2016 Goals, I would like to suggest to you making a reading list. Making a reading list is vital, because without a plan you probably won’t read. Most of us struggle to make time to read the bible much less regular books. Below are a few suggestions to help as you plan. Be sure to write down your plans and goals. Remember, “Goals that are not written down are just wishes. “-Anonymous 1.
1.Plan To Read The Scriptures
A very reasonable goal is to read through the bible in a year. Believe me, it is very reasonable. If you read only four chapters a day, you will get through the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once! Four Bible chapters on average takes 10-15 minutes to read . YOU HAVE 10-15 MINUTES A DAY! Most of us spend more time than that checking our friends’ Facebook statuses on how they bought new hair bows for their dog. Our friends are important, but let’s be honest, we waste way too much time online and watching television. I recommend using the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan http://www.esvbible.org/devotions/one-year-tract/. It divides up the readings between different sections of the Bible which really helps younger Christians to not get discouraged when they find themselves in Leviticus for a month.
2. Plan To Read Christian Living Books
Christian living books are an excellent way to grow in particular areas of our Christian walk. Christian living books address issues such as Depression, Temptation, Scripture Reading and Meditation, Prayer, and Evangelism. Many who author these books have been walking with the Lord for many years and have much practical wisdom from the Scriptures to share. Be sure to select books from trusted sources. There are many great Christian books, but there is also a lot of junk out there. Below are some websites that are trusted for selling biblically sound materials from trusted authors.
4. Plan To Read History Books
Reading books on christian and secular history helps us understand where we came from and where we are going. Many of the issues today (good and bad) are fruits of the decisions made years ago and many of the mistakes that we make today could be avoided by learning from those who already made the same foolish choice. We can also be inspired by and learn from the great leaders of the past. Below are a few recommendations.
- Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men http://www.amazon.com/Mansfields-Book-Manly-Men-Invigorating/dp/1595553738/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452273120&sr=8-1&keywords=mansfield+book+of+manly+men
- The Hiding Place http://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Place-Corrie-Ten-Boom/dp/0800794052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452273292&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Hiding+Place
5. Plan To Read Fiction Books
The greatest struggle for me is to read fiction, but I need fiction to fuel my creativity, to appreciate beauty, and to delight in the art of story. Reading fiction can help develop our biblical discernment as we evaluate the worldviews portrayed in the characters and plots. Reading fiction can also aid our writing skills. It is important to read good fiction though. Start with the classics. Below are a few that I have enjoyed.
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis Amazon
- To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee Amazon
- Johnny Tremain- Esther Hoskins Forbes Amazon
- The Witch of Blackbird Pond- Elizabeth George Speare Amazon