September Reading: The Roots of ‘Strange Fire’ and Reflecting God’s Image to Others

This month I put a few books on hold to return to later, while picking up these titles.

Like Father, Like Sons

Jim Essian’s book, “Like Father, Like Sons” is written for parents — and specifically fathers — but I still found it encouraging and convicting. It was a pretty fast book to get through, which I appreciated. Although parents may benefit the most from this book, I think it is worthwhile for any believer especially as Essian addresses the nature of the heavenly Father and the way Christians should strive to reflect that to others (in this case, to their children). Last week, I mentioned that this book challenged me particularly in the area of showing other people grace.

Strange Fire

I finally began reading John MacArthur’s book, “Strange Fire,” which explores the charismatic movement, from its roots to present day. He compares the views and impact of charismatic teaching and compares them to the Scriptures.

“Instead of enhancing people’s interest in and devotion to Scripture, the Charismatic Movement’s chief legacy has been an unprecedented interest in extrabiblical revelation,” he writes. Unfortunately, this influence now extends far beyond the bounds of Pentecostal churches.

But either this book is really long, or I’m reading it much slower than I read The Truth War and Reckless Faith.

The Old Man and The Harley

I loved this book by John J. Newkirk. You can find out why here.

Kwik Krimes

I like to always have some fiction in my “to read” pile and I picked this e-book up in the winter. As a lifelong fan of noir and crime fiction it appealed to me, but I was equally intrigued by the short word-length requirements (No more than 1,000 words). I will say these tiny crime stories were less enjoyable for me personally than a full mystery to solve (these are far too short for that), but the stories have been interesting and in some cases quite surprising. It’s particularly useful when I only have 5 or 10 minutes to read since I can get through an entire story in that span.


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