Who’s Reading What? is a monthly feature at LifeWay Pastors. We survey a few pastors, business leaders, theologians, professors, writers, and other culture shapers with these four questions:
What are you currently reading?
Who is the author?
Which genre is it?
Why are you reading it?
No reviews. No summaries. It is a quick list to help expand the borders of your intake.
Selma Wilson, vice-president and CPO, LifeWay Christian Resources
What: Non-Obvious 2017
Who: Rohit Bhargava
Why: It was recommended to me by my boss, Dr. Thom Rainer. Being a creative leader is essential in today’s market and being creative is a challenge. This book caught my eye because of its subtitle promise to help “think different, curate ideas, and predict the future.” If it delivers on its promise, it will be a great book!
Kari Masson, communications consultant, Senegal
What: The Body Keeps the Score
Who: Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Why: A friend who has been through trauma recently recommended it to me.
What: Authority in Prayer
Who: Dutch Sheets
Why: My mentor recommended it
Scott Slayton, pastor, Chelsea Village Baptist Church
What: Now My Eyes Have Seen You
Who: Robert Fyall
Which: Biblical Studies (Old Testament)
Why: In an effort to continue growing in my understanding of the whole Bible, I’m reading through the New Studies in Biblical Theology volumes that cover Old Testament books.
What: The Last Lion
Who: William Manchester
Why: Last year I got interested in Churchill while reading a biography of FDR. I asked on Twitter what Churchill books people had read and enjoyed. Everyone who responded mentioned this three-volume set.
Darren Casper, director, PlantMidwest
What: The Church As Movement
Who: JR Woodward and Dan White, Jr.
Why: Planters and church leaders are continually asking the question “Am I doing enough?” “Am I successful?” These guys are asking some good questions and presenting some solid ideas to what “success” really is when it comes to the task of making disciples and obeying the great commission.
Scott McConnell, executive director, LifeWay Research
What: The Messenger, The Message and The Community: Three Critical Issues for the Cross-cultural Church Planter
Who: Roland Muller
Why: I have a desire to understand shame-honor cultures.
Craig Thompson, senior pastor, Malvern Hill Baptist Church
What: The Speechwriter
Who: Barton Swaim
Why: I wanted to learn more about the inner workings of South Carolina politics and about the role of a speechwriter for a governor.
Who: John Frame
Why: Apologetics is an important discipline for preaching and evangelism in the 21st century. I regularly study apologetics to improve my preaching and make me a more effective evangelist.
Kathy Ferguson Litton, pastors’ wives national consultant, NAMB
What: Messy, Beautiful Friendship
Who: Christine Hoover
Why: On the surface friendships and relationships appear natural for women. Yet nothing is further from the truth—and women KNOW that. Christine helps us understand that deep, lasting relationships require nurturing and in the end THAT is what makes them beautiful. Everything Christine writes is drenched in gospel orientation—even our friendships must be seen through the gospel lens of redemption.
What: Trouble I’ve Seen
Who: Drew G. I. Hart
Which: Racial Reconciliation
Why: I want to continue to learn what it is like to be black in America. My husband and I are committed to being intentional humble learners from many black voices in order to understand, empathize and engage this huge issue in the American church. Drew’s experience and narrative gives me a perspective impossible for me to see without his help.
Marty Duren, executive editor, LifeWay Pastors
What: American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism
Who: Matthew Avery Sutton
Why: Because secular histories of evangelicalism tend to include more of the blemishes we need to remember.
What: Designed to Lead
Who: Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck
Which: Religion/Christian Church/Leadership
Why: To be better prepared to lead and develop LifeGroup leaders in my church.