The Collected Best Christian Books of 2018

For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2018 (or, if not the best, the favorite books of 2018). It seems that just about every avid reader I follow is eager to share his or her picks for the year that was. I love these lists and decided I’d compile them to look for patterns and repeats. Here, then, are the collected best Christian books of 2018. …

The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge

Do you love to read? Do you want to learn to love to read? Do you enjoy reading books that cross the whole spectrum of topics and genres? Then I’ve got something that may be right up your alley—the 2019 Christian Reading Challenge. Whether you are a light reader or completely obsessed, this 2019 Christian Reading Challenge is designed to help you read more and to broaden the scope of your reading. How It Works The 2019 Christian Reading Challenge is …

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Reading The Bible Fast And Slow In 2019

Today I’m glad to share an article by Paul Carter, a friend who has contributed to my site a couple of times in the past. He is passionate about reading and teaching God’s Word and I’m glad to have him lay down the challenge to read the Bible fast and slow in 2019. ***** One of the most transformative things I ever did was read through the entire Book of Genesis – slowly – with the help of several commentaries …

Becoming Better Readers

During a recent trip to China , I was invited to spend some time with some friends who live there. They asked me questions that ranged far and wide, but here we talk about how to become better readers. Transcript What tips would you give for someone wanting to be a better reader? Tim: In terms of reading, I think where a lot of people get hung up is thinking they need to really digest a book all the way, …

Tips for Reading Better & The Future of Books

During my recent trip to India I was asked what I thought about the future of reading and about the different trends I see in reading (focusing on the different media through which people encounter words). I was also asked for tips to help people remember what they read. Here are my answers.   Transcript How do you think the average person’s reading habits are changing? Is it for the better? I think people are still reading, but maybe not …

How to Create a Reading Culture in Your Church

On a recent trip to Scotland, I held an Ask Me Anything event at FM Bookstore and Cafe in Edinburgh. One of the questions I was asked was “how to you create a reading culture in your church?” Here is my answer. Transcript How do you create a culture of reading in your church? Yes, so, how do you create a culture of reading and learning in a local church? Speaking from the experience in our church, that’s probably all …

Ask Me Anything Zambia: Tips for Reading and Writing

While in Zambia for my recent EPIC trip, I held an Ask Me Anything event at Central Africa Baptist College. Here are a couple of the questions and answers: one concerns the relationship between reading and writing, and the other asks for practical tips to become a better reader. I hope you find the answers helpful!  

10 Books Every Christian Should Read

I believe that of all the questions I receive, the most common relate to books. What are some books I ought to read? Can you recommend a book on this subject or that subject? What should I read next? I’m happy to answer such questions, but thought I might be able to answer a bunch at once by suggesting 10 books that every Christian ought to read. Transcript As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of feedback from …

Would You Like To Read a Christian Classic With Me?

It’s time, once again, to read a Christian classic together. Over the years I’ve often asked people like you to join me in reading some of the best Christian books ever written. And I’ve got a hankering to do it again. Why don’t you watch this short introductory video and see if you would like to read along. You can purchase Holy Helps for a Godly Life on Amazon, or at Westminster Books. Buy it ASAP, read the introductory matter and …

Why Aren’t Men Reading Women Writers?

Why aren’t men reading women writers? Jen Pollock Michel recently asked the question and it’s rather a good one. Though she provided an early answer (which you can read here) she was clear that her foremost desire was to provoke discussion. Since I spend so much time thinking about Christian books, I thought I’d take a shot at an answer. This is certainly not the whole answer, but it may be a part of it. I have often observed this about …