How do you grow?
Not physically speaking, but in character and as a person.
Consider this quote by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, “The only difference between where you are today, and where you’ll be a year from today, are the books you read and the people you meet.”
I think it’s safe to read this quote again and replace the word “WHERE” with “WHO”
It’s a pretty simple, yet powerful observation to say that when people interact with and act upon new thoughts and ideas, they slowly begin to change, to mature, to morph. Something happens from the inside-out as a worldview shifts, a new grid for processing information is put in place, or a new love is discovered.
One of the most significant ways to encounter and engage in new thoughts and ideas are from books and getting to know other people (and guess who writes books?…other people).
I thought I would share my reading list for the next couple months with you all, and if you see something you like, pick up a copy and let’s chat about it! In no particular order (yet):
Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook – Losey
Torn – Lee
Story Signs and Sacred Rythms – Folmsbee
Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood – Setran/Kiesling
Everyday Theology – Vanhoozer, Anderson, Sleasman
Ipod, YouTube, Wii play – Laytham
OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook – Dean
Everyday Apocalypse – Dark
The Seven Checkpoints – Stanley/Hall
Think Orange – Joiner
Unsqueezed – Starbuck (great last name, right?!)
What’s So Great About Christianity – D’Souza
How to Read a Book (I should probably start with this one, aye?)
Reinventing Youth Ministry (Again) – Rice
Love is an Orientation – Marin
Our Favorite Sins – Hunter
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey
Switch – Heath (bros)
A couple years ago I made a new years resolution to read a book a week. I actually ended up reading more than that (you can get a lot accomplished when you don’t have T.V.)!
Because of my recent job change, house hunting and a baby, I probably won’t keep that same pace…but I still don’t watch T.V., so hopefully I’ll still be able to do some significant reading!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? Please share!