I recently heard a statement from Albert Mohler, president of Southern Seminary & Boyce College, that made me ponder the importance of reading: “If there are more computers than books in your college library, there just might be a problem.” He went on to explain that physical books can accomplish a number of things that computers cannot. Despite all our advances in technology, we have not found a way to replace the kind of personal challenge and change that results from reading a good book, a book that you physically hold in your hands and perhaps even mark and highlight.
Students are back in school, and it’s time to crack the books! Maybe you are a bookworm and love to read, or maybe you feel you’re allergic to reading. If you’re a bit hesitant to read (or just don’t like it!), I challenge you to begin with things you like. First, develop a solid Bible reading plan. Then, write a short list of books and start reading about 15 minutes a day.
Currently, aside from devotional material, I am reading a few books related to student ministries, including Gen Z by the Barna group, Growing a Spiritually Strong Family by Dennis & Barbara Rainey, and Religious Affections by Johnathan Edwards. If you are looking for a book that will strengthen your understanding of and service for the Lord, consider the list of books Pastor Luke recommended during his sermon on Father’s Day:
- The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Desiring God by John Piper
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer
- Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
- What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert
- The Cross of Christ by John Stott
- The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
- Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharius