You are quarantined. You want to read more. Here’s your chance! I have compiled a list of 5 books that target different areas of the Christian walk to get you started on your quarantine binge reading.
- Bible Study: This book is so helpful in learning what the broad picture of Scripture is teaching. By choosing a key verse from each book of the Bible, the reader begins to understand how each individual book weaves into the tapestry of the “meta-narrative” or big story of Scripture.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society
By Eugene Peterson
- Discipleship: Peterson is a master teacher and he reveals his methods for making disciples with the reader in a way that draws you into a picture of a better world—one where veteran Christians take seriously the call to help others conform their lives to the teachings of Christ. In addition to top-notch discipleship methods, you get to experience a master of prose and rhetoric. Peterson has a way of writing that makes you long for more reading time. Fortunately, we have time.
Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion
By Os Guinness
- Evangelism: I never pass up a chance to read an Os Guinness book. Guinness reminds us that winning people over to the gospel is not a matter of gimmick, of sure-fire procedure, or cultural aptitude. The gospel, he reminds us, is a power all in its own—we just have to learn how to unleash it and artfully get out of its way. The book is packed with practical advice and cultural analysis that helps us take the gospel to the outer edges of the world.
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
By Tim Keller
- Prayer: Keller is easy to read, frequently profound, and his approach to this topic will help those just starting on their journey of faith, as well as those on well-worn pathways. His chapters on “Doing Prayer” changed the way I pray and interact with God.
Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work
By Tom Nelson
- Work: As an adult, you spend most of your waking hours at work. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, construction foreman, or Wall Street investor—you use your daylight hours to work. Therefore, if we are to give God our life in worship, we must learn how to do so at work. This book is a great starting point for developing your understanding of faith and work.
Don’t waste your quarantine opportunity to get ahead on your reading. A Netflix binge might sound more appealing than a book binge, but I promise you, it’s worth it! Most of these books are also available on Audible, for those, like me, who like to listen to books.