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It's no secret that I love books, and there is more than one bookworm on staff and at ECC. One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is, "what are you reading?" That's like inviting someone in to their living room and asking them to bring along their closest friends with them! 

I am always reading a lot of books simultaneously. This doesn't work for some people, so that's okay; for me, I thrive on diversity, so multiple books in different genres help me. Here are four books that I have recently read (or am reading right now) that I recommend you take a look at.

The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home, by Russell Moore

The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home

Russell Moore is must reading for me. I don't always agree with him; but he forces me to argue with myself as to why I wouldn't agree with him! He helps me see life with new glasses. This book is no exception. Sometime soon, I will devote a single blog to a review of this book. There are just too many great excerpt from the book to pass by it quickly in a blog with other books. Moore works through many subjects pertinent to family life and breathes new life into them. He addresses subjects like your own childhood, marriage, singleness, divorce, infidelity, raising children, suffering and affliction caused by family, etc. Here's just a taste to whet your appetite:

You are not your genealogy. You are not your family tree. You are not your family. After all, if you aare in Christ, you are a new creation. You are not doomed to carry on the dark family traditions that would harm you or drive you away from God or other people. (41)

Look for more from me about this book in the coming weeks.

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, by Andy Crouch

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place

Wow. Warning: this book could make your family very different, uncomfortably different if you put his advice into practice. But maybe that is a good thing. In a world in which technology surrounds us, never before have we needed a book like this. Crouch gives me hope that there really is a better way than just consuming technology as if it is inevitable. He doesn't reject technology (in fact, he loves it), but he cautions families that we need a greater wisdom instead of grasping for whatever Apple and Google puts in to our hands. Here's a taste:

When previous generations confronted the perplexing challenges of parenting and family life, they could fall back on wisdom, or at least old wives' tales, that had been handed down for generations. But the pace of technological change has surpassed anyone's capacity to develop enough wisdom to handle it. We are stuffing our lives with technology's new promises, with no clear sense of whether technology will help us keep the promises we've already made. (16-17)

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Ok, so I'm actually listening to this as an audio book, but that still counts, doesn't it!? I turned to Mandela's book because a man I respect had this on his top 50 books everyone should read. And I'm glad I did. Mandela's story is powerful. His fight for human dignity and the end of apartheid in South Africa should inspire all of us to consider how Christians today can stand up rightly against injustice. For sure, Mandela is not a role model in everything...but don't read it for that. Read it to see through his eyes and then consider what it might mean for the day and age we live in. 

The Cow: A Tribute, by Werner Lampert

The book itself.

What's more exciting than the cow!? If none of the other books appeal to you, maybe this one will. Here's a great review with pictures: "Around the World in 105 Cows." I had no idea that there were so many different types of cows. If you open this book, watch out, for Lampert himself warns,

Cows have a hold over us, and once you develop a passion for them, it will never leave you.

Thank God for creating the cow, lots of them!

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