One of my go-to questions of both friends and new acquaintances is, “What are you reading?” It’s really another way of asking, “Who are you hanging around with these days? Maybe I can hang around with you guys, too.” I’m always looking for book recommendations. As you can see, I’m a little light (as usual) in the fiction department, so feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments section below.
Maybe you’re in the market for a book to add to your stack, too. Here’s what I’ve read recently:
Barefoot is the third in Sharon Garlough Brown’s series bringing together the disparate genres of fiction and spiritual direction. (My review of Sensible Shoes, the first book in the series, here.) My long-time prayer partner Meg and I have enjoyed each book, as the relationship described in the books echo our own friendship, but we both agreed that this third book in the series was our favorite. The now-familiar characters struggled, changed, and grew; the instruction about formation was seamlessly integrated into the plot of this memorable read.
I was looking for a non-technical overview of the Old Testament tabernacle and temple(s) to help me prep for some teaching I’ll be doing next month on the subject, and was glad to discover J. Daniel Hays’ recent release, The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation. The book is packed with lots of helpful insights (though I do have some questions about his take on what Scripture says about a third temple), and the many archaeological images and helpful drawings add much to the study.
After seeing his great grief they sit in silence for seven days, not saying anything – which is an incredible mercy. But then they decide to unstop their mouths and let Job have it.“You should try to be a better person,” they all say. “You should have more faith,” they all counsel. “You should sin less.” “It’s probably, I mean, clearly your own fault,” they all say. And so on for a thousand iterations, in a thousand generations. But Job isn’t a fool, and neither is God, so eventually someone will come along and tell them to go jump in a lake.