I know, it’s Sunday, and I’m blogging. I never do this, really. I love the Sabbath rest in God and from God, and one way I get rest is by reading really good books. Recently three of them came out. You must know about them all.
First John Piper has a new edition of Brothers We Are Not Professionals out with 4 or 5 new chapters included in it, and in usual Piper like fashion the new edition is a must get. Here is what Piper himself and Westminster Bookstore has to say about it:
In this updated and expanded edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry. “We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry,” he writes. “The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God. “Brothers, we are not professionals. We are outcasts. We are aliens and exiles in the world. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we wait with eager expectation for the Lord (Phil. 3:20). you cannot professionalize the love for His appearing without killing it. And it is being killed.” “The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man. The strong wine of Jesus Christ explodes the wine- skins of professionalism.”
Second, David Platt, Pastor and Author of best selling “Radical” has written a new book called Follow Me. Be warned, God’s Word changes you, it afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted. This book will rock you to the core and change you for the better. Here is the review of it from Westminster Bookstore:
What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Follow Me”? Is it possible for people to say they believe in Jesus but not truly be born again? Is it possible for people to claim they have accepted Christ into their hearts yet not actually be Christians? Not only is it possible, but according to Pastor David Platt, it’s also highly probable. the author of the bestselling book Radical is convinced that many people in our churches today are misled as to what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. Western culture has drained the lifeblood out of Christianity and replaced it with a watered-down version of the gospel that is so palatable it isn’t even real anymore. Revealing a biblical picture of what it means to truly be a Christian, Follow Me explores the gravity of what we must forsake in this world, as well as the indescribable joy and deep satisfaction to be found when we live for Christ. “Follow me,” Jesus calls. Two simple words that change everything. You will never be bored. You will always have purpose. You will never lack joy. But it will cost you. This call is not an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life. A call to die. A call to live. Have you answered that call? Includes an Introduction by Francis Chan.
Third and definitely not last is Who Do You Think You Are? by Pastor and Author Mark Driscoll. For those of you who know and have heard of Mark Driscoll, you’ll love this because it’s more of the same robust Biblically saturated greatness in reading. For those of you who don’t, be prepared to meet God in one of the most realistic ways you ever have through reading this book. As with the above two, here is the info on it for you:
Who are you? What defines you? What is your identity?
How you answer those questions affects every aspect of your life: personal, public, and spiritual. So it’s vital to get the answer right. Pastor and best-selling author Mark Driscoll believes false identity is at the heart of many struggles—and that you can overcome them by having your true identity in Christ. In Who Do You Think You Are?, Driscoll explores the question, “What does it mean to be ‘in Christ’?” In the process he dissects the false-identity epidemic and, more important, provides the only solution—Jesus.