Jan says "I took this book to read on a retreat weekend before a conference and devoured it! With a multiplicity of authors you might expect such a compilation to be disjointed, but with the flow of the chapters and the style almost conversational, content was primary and the author secondary. It is a book I want to read again but slower, to savour the experiences and hard learnt lessons of these well-known authors and pastors. It was a mentoring experience with two overriding thoughts leaving their impression; as a church we must prioritise cultivating people of spiritual depth and to work effectively we must set aside space and time to hone our souls. Gordon Macdonald has a great illustration of farmers in the Alps using scythes. After ten minutes of cutting they would then spend five minutes sharpening the blade. Research has indicated that reading a physical book can create a deeper experience and lasting impression and if you were at CRT you may just have heard me enthusing about this book."
I was waiting for a hospital appointment recently and so decided to take a book to read, which was just as well because it was over 90 minutes late. I took Rob Parsons book Sixty Minute Grandparent because as a new granddad with a one year old grandson I thought it would be a book that I ought to read. Rob is one of those really practical writers that produce books packed full of down to earth sense. If you have ever heard Rob speak then there is also an added bonus in that he writes in such a way that you can hear him speaking as you read. His books can make you both laugh and cry as he shares his emotions through his writing.
I was down at the Church yesterday afternoon while the worship practice was on. As Jan was playing I started reading David Watson’s book Discipleship. Originally published in 1981 it has been reissued. So I was curious to see how reading it now compared to when I first read it back in 1981. Wow. What an impact. David pulls no punches in issuing an extremely strong challenge to the church to stop messing around and get back to discipling those who make a commitment to Christ.
This is a great book written by Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life) that looks at 5 key aspects of your life – FAITH : FOOD : FITNESS : FOCUS : FRIENDS and is based around a 40 day plan which has echoes of the structure of Purpose Driven Life. I naively thought that this was just a book based on the vegetarian eating habits of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego but soon realised that it was far from that. Rick Warren and two doctors have written a book that encompasses life – body, soul and spirit. It is based on the premise that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Smoking harms it, over indulgence on alcohol harms it, but most people seem happy to stuff themselves with junk food and not see a problem with it.