I love books.

For people who know me, that might be an understatement, but its true: I love books.

I came across a couple quotes awhile back that say it well:

  • “There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books.” – Martin Luther
  • “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus, an old scholar
  • “I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1815

Ever since I was a little kid, I would save up money to buy another book. Amazon is my addiction of choice. And if you were to ask me how many bookcases full of books I have, I’d be slightly embarrassed to declare it.

With all that said, I highly value the wisdom and insight one receives from diving into a great book. You can escape on an epic adventure through fiction, you can join in the battles of old reading history, you can plunge greater depths  Scripture reading insights from Godly men throughout the ages, and I can be mentored, encouraged, and challenged by some of the wisest and Godly people throughout Christian history. All within a book.

Obviously there is no substitute for reading Scripture – that is first and foremost primary. But interestingly when you study the lives of Christian men and women in history who were “of one book” (the Bible) you often find that they were constantly reading other books as well.

I just updated my list of books I’m currently reading. And I had two questions:

What are YOU currently reading?

What book(s) do you often recommend to everyone?
(i.e.: what are some of your favorite books)

I’d love to hear your response! Leave a comment in the section below (or click here if you are reading this post via email) … and for those who participate, I’ll randomly pick someone on Sunday (September 21, 2014) to send one of my favorite books to. Check back to this post to see the update on who wins.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who posted their favorite/recommended books! There are several I now want to read! We used to randomly select one of the comments between the blog, comment, and emails that came in – and Rebecca (who posted on the blog) won! Thanks again for participating!

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