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I'm addicted to books. According to Umberto Eco I am building an anti-library, meaning I own way more books than I have read. I love good fiction, literature, theology, Biblical studies, philosophy, children's books, and lots more.

Currently reading

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Danae Yankoski, Francis Chan
The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation
N.T. Wright
The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace
Kenneth J. Collins
Progress: 244/331 pages
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski
Progress: 50/662 pages
The Hound of the Baskervilles (with Illustrations by Sidney Paget)
Sidney Paget, Arthur Conan Doyle
Progress: 35 %
The Dead Zone
Stephen King
Progress: 52/402 pages
Holiness
J.C. Ryle
Help! I'm a Small Church Youth Worker: Achieving Big-Time Success in a Non-Mega Ministry
Rich Grassel
Progress: 57/115 pages
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
N.T. Wright
Progress: 69 %
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry
The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life - Laurie Beth Jones I believe that it is good for people to know themselves, to know their strengths, and to find fulfillment in work that God has made them to do. It was a process like this that helped me surrender to my calling to ministry. However, there are several factors that keep this book from being ideal and they all stem from the fact that Laurie Beth Jones is trying to write a "Christian/spiritual" self-help book. (1)If she is going to use the Bible as a basis for points, that is fine, but her conclusions often seem forced. (2) Though she later hints at the idea that God is the One who calls a person to their mission, this is absent from her original discernment process. As one of my colleges stated, its as if we are to define our own mission and then ask God to bless it. (3) She shades into the "name it and claim it" camp. (4) Her use of Scripture reflects the overall feel of the book--using the Bible to make your point rather than the other way around. Still, there are some useful exercises in here for honing a knowledge of your gifts, but I feel like they have been better stated elsewere.