1. One book that changed your life
During my college years, I got stuck on the biblical book of Habakkuk. Until that point, it had been one of those I read through quickly but not given much thought. But after reading and rereading the three chapters, I found that it was a life changing book. The main idea I found was this: God knows what is best and is doing what is best. No matter the circumstances in my life, I can trust God to do what is best. I hope I never forget that lesson.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once
I’ve read The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne at least three times. The author tells the story of a group of Union soldiers who find themselves marooned on a deserted island during the Civil War. When their needs are met on a number of mysterious occasions, they are led to thank God for his provision. It is also interesting to see how they used the plants, minerals, etc., on the island to make the things they needed.
3. One book you’d want on a deserted island
Perhaps book #2 would come in handy. But if all my needs were met and I could choose one book to read the rest of my life, it would have to be the Bible. How could I live without it?
4. One book that made you laugh
5. One book that made you cry.
I can’t think of one.
6. One book that you wish had been written
Illustrations from Church Planting by C. Graydon Cox. Pastor Cox was the assistant at my home church for several years and also the president of the Bible Institute of Ohio while I was attending there. The stories he told from his ministry as a church planter in Ohio were both humorous and instructive. I may have to listen to the sermons recorded at Calvary Bible Church and write the book myself.
7. One book that you wish had never been written
8. One book that you are currently reading
Sketches from Church History by S. M. Houghton. A strange sickness kept me home from church Sunday. That was incredibly boring. But with all that time on the couch, I read about ten chapters in this book. It gives a concise history of the church from its inception to the 19th century. With plenty of pictures and short chapters, it is an easy read. (P.S. It’s a good one to keep in the water closet.)
9. One book that you’ve been meaning to read
In my office, I have dedicated a shelf to books I am currently reading. Some of them have been there for several years. But slowly and surely, I am reading all of them. Today I read some more in From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man. Two weeks ago, I read a few more pages in McCune’s Promise Unfulfilled. I’m hoping to have it read by the time he is scheduled to speak for the OBF Pastor’s Conference. Here’s hoping.
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