Last year one of my New Year's resolutions was to read a book a week for the whole year. That lasted until maybe April or May. Still, I thought that was pretty good for someone who is notorious for not wanting to read. But here I am this year with the same resolution and I'm enjoying it more than ever. Maybe it's getting older. Maybe it's me realizing how much more I need to learn. On either course, I'm enjoying my reading a lot more than I did last year. Granted, it's only been 4 weeks, but there's a peace to gaining wisdom. There is certainly a peace to coming home and turning off a TV that just exists to convince me to do and buy more things that really won't give me happiness. It's quiet. What a change! It's also amazing how if you'll find the quiet place, how much more often the Lord can and will speak to you. Like I said, I'm loving it so far.
My first book I read this year was "The Christian Atheist" by Craig Groeschell. I have to thank Pastor John Unthank for turning me on to Craig. At a college ministry conference, he bought me Craig's book "Confessions of a Pastor" which I read last year. I loved it. Since that time, I have bought all of Craig's books and love them all. This one was especially challenging. The book concept is that there are hundreds if not thousands of Christians who claim Christ but live like an atheist. They see they believe in Jesus and He can do everything, yet they don't think He can do anything in their life. They say they believe Jesus can do anything, yet they worry if anything is going to happen in their life. The book is full of challenges to cause the reader to look inside himself to see those ugly parts that while we may not see as a Christian, the world sees it glaringly.
I'll admit it. I'm a Stone-ite. I love Perry Stone. I think he's a great man of God who God has given great wisdom and insight. There are somethings that I don't quite understand that he teaches, but then again that's probably the temperature of people in my own congregation. I have most of Perry's books and have loved each one of them. This one was no exception. "Secrets from Beyond the Grave" was an excellent book in giving information on the afterlife and answering age old questions about cremation, pets in heaven, suicide, and more. Perry gives ample scriptures to support his findings and beliefs and it all makes perfect sense. This was an easy read too. I think I read it in two or three days.
Anybody that knows anything about me knows I love Sarah Palin. I've thought she was great from the time she was governor of the state of Alaska. I've always loved politics. I almost got my bachelor's degree in political science rather than education. Truth be told, I'm still plotting to go back and get that degree . . . This book though was great. I actually liked it better than her memoirs entitled, "Going Rogue." This book seemed like it flowed much easier for her. In it, she talks about the greatness of America and our Constitution. She discusses her family and faith. She makes great points about our nations future and the responsibility of all American citizens, especially those who claim to have faith. Now if I can just meet her one day and get her to sign the book . . . that would be an awesome thing! Reading it makes me want to go get involved in politics myself. Anybody out there vote for me????
Ryan is engaged to Rachel and resides in Perry, GA. He is the proud "Dada" to Rylee and Charlee. He holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science Education and a Masters degree in church ministry / leadership. He has served in various positions of ministry, music, management, and more. He spends his free time with his girls, writing and playing music, reading books, playing and watching sports, and living life. To contact Ryan, email firstname.lastname@example.org.