What I’m Reading and Loving

by | Feb 16, 2010 | 6 comments

I don’t get to read as much as I’d like, and I can only imagine how true this is for people who have little ones to tend to from dawn to dusk, and then probably, still, from dusk to dawn. I got the slightest taste of this today when I took three of my favorite six children in all of Nashville over to my house for a fun snow day – even though there was no snow (from this winter on I shall start referring to them as “flake days” maybe). At any rate, I got no writing done. I got no reading done. How could I when there were shoes to tie and games of Hangman to play; when The Incredible Mr. Limpet was playing in my living room? I wouldn’t trade the day for anything, but if I had  – absolutely had – to trade it for a day of reading, this is what I’d have in my hands…

First off, Mark Batterson’s new book Primal: Recovering The Lost Soul Of Christianity. I’m almost done and it is a must-read. (My dad is an amazing guy and has pastored for over 35 years and read more books than I can imagine; he puts Primal in his top five.) Here is why I love it as well: This book shows the reality of the Gospel, it doesn’t just talk about it or define it.

You can tell from Mark’s stories and humility that Jesus is making an enormous impact on him personally, in his multiple congregation locations in D.C. and across the world. I don’t know what your soul is longing for right now, but mine is desperate to see Jesus alive and active in my life and the lives of those around me. And, yes, I do see Him in many ways, but I’m always so encouraged and impassioned when I encounter first-hand, or read about, people who are experiencing him undeniably. Mark does not give us a hard to digest, how-to book. He brings us back to the basic, yet unfathomable, command of Jesus to love Him with our heart, soul, mind and strength. Have I sold you?

Second book I am finding equally powerful is Dallas Willard’s, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings On Discipleship. I am devouring this book for much the same reasons I am loving Primal, mainly because it is all about having a real, life-consuming relationship with Jesus. Not just having Him as a religious side-dish. It’s about the truth and transformation of being an apprentice of Jesus’s, and loving others enough to teach them about who He is and how He calls us to live: Life to the fullest.

Okay, so these are my two faves right now. The big question is “What Are You Reading And Loving?” (When the kids are asleep, of course.)



  1. Sue from St. Louis

    I am doing your Ruth Bible study and it is great. You talk about God at work in peoples live, Ruth seemed be transformed by Him and then blessed by her walk of faith. She is certainly one of my role models now. Thank you for sharing your gift of discernment with us!

  2. Cindy Thomas

    I am currently doing your Ruth Bible Study. I am enjoying it so much. I love the discussions in our Bible Study Group. I am now reading So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore and If God is Good by Randy Alcorn. I am an empty nester and have a little more time on my hands to read. I'm putting Primal on my to-read list.

  3. Jill Foley

    I'm reading Authentic Faith by Gary Thomas….very, very good! I recently read his book Sacred Influence and now want to read everything he has written.

    Another one I just finished…Do Hard Things by Brett and Alex Harris. It's a book by teens, for teens (I'm 35), but I gleaned some great insight from it.

    My online Bible study is doing your No Other Gods study…we are all loving it and learning so much. Thanks!

  4. Amanda Delffs

    Just finished Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. What an inspirational book! Most of us can't begin to grasp what real sacrifice is like. This book will give you a heart for what Christians in China and other countries may be going through and a glimpse of what Heaven might be like! Very powerful! It helps keep things in perspective!

  5. Sheilah

    I LOVED reading "Primal!" It was awesome! I also read "Wild Goose Chase" by Mark Batterson and would highly recommend it. He has such an honesty in his writing and it's such an easy read. Now I'm reading "You Were Born For This" by Bruce Wilkinson after our pastor suggested it. It is definitely life-changing and so inspiring! I think half of the people in our church are reading it and it is definitely causing changes in their lives!

    I'm really looking forward to doing the online study Ruth in June and following along with Beth Moore's blog and Siestas. I already have 5 friends signed up to come and we're expecting God to move in our lives!

    Thank you for your ministry and your honesty, Kelly. The recipes sound great; can't wait to try one.