Harry Truman said, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Yet in some way, we are all leaders. We all have spheres of influence in our homes, neighborhoods, work places, and communities. As Christians, our spheres of influence are wear we lead people to Christ day in and day out. We may lead them to Christ for the first time, the first time in a while, or the first time since yesterday. In any case, we should be leading people to Christ. We may not lead hundreds of people every day, but if we're to lead anyone, we need to read.
I usually read at least one book from three categories at a time. I'll always be reading one book on a topic of orthodoxy - a book on a theological principle that we believe as Christians. I'll also always be reading one book on a topic of orthopraxy - a book on a practice of the Christian faith like Bible study, prayer, evangelism, missions, and so forth. Finally, I'll always be reading one book that is cultural, historical, biographical, or fiction. Of course, there is a lot of overlap in these categories. A book in the orthodoxy category is only good if it also discusses what we should practice as a result of the belief. A book in the orthopraxy category is only good if based on sound, orthodox theology. Cultural, historical, and biographical books will often delve into areas of belief and practice of the culture, time, or person written about in the book. Nevertheless, I've tried to sort some books I recommend below along these three categories. Check back often as I will constantly be updating this list, and be sure to check the Faith Meets Life blog for reviews. Read away!
Cultural, Historical, Biographical, Fiction, and Others
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