As a college student, finding large chunks of time to read books outside the bible are few and far between in the midst of homework, tests, ministry, and other extracurriculars. Since it’s summer, it is definitely an opportune time to pursue knowledge and growth. I’d really encourage it! Dig into God’s Word or outside reading to learn about that one subject you’ve been dying to learn, engage your mind instead of letting it turn to jelly, and pursue holiness and growth through learning more. Here’s a short article on some motivations to read more (bible or not): http://www.challies.com/quotes/what-we-need-is-more-knowledge
Definitely not as fast of a reader as Grant, but here’s my list:
- Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem
It’s a long textbook-like book, giving an overview of theology. It’s simply an organized way to learn and think through all the basic doctrines we may or may not know. It sounds really boring, inapplicable, or hard to read, but it’s the complete opposite!
- Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves
Excellent book so far! I realized I have so many misconceptions and misunderstandings of the Trinity that have been cleared up. The Trinity is arguably one of the most important doctrines, as it separates us from many other religions. Reeves is witty and hilarious writer: deep doctrine and subtle jokes that make me chuckle.
- Holiness, J.C. Ryle
My “Paul” said he’s read this book multiple times and loved it. I’m excited to learn more about and grow in my holiness!
- The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller
From what I’ve heard, this book has a lot of application for singles too. I’m not getting married anytime soon, but it’s never too early to learn and prepare for marriage and being a leader in the home.
- Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, Iain H. Murray
This adds a little variety into my reading diet. Jonathan Edwards is a remarkable man. It’ll be exciting to learn more about the man behind the 70 resolutions.