Maybe you are looking for a good book to read this year. So I want to offer a few suggestions that relate to our theme for 2021. Our theme is to be A Confident People on the Redemptive Journey. As we are on this journey of rebuilding (and every other “re” word you can think of), we want to be confident, courageous, and resilient. We are going to need perseverance in 2021, but with God’s hand, we can move forward through the wilderness that we are in. Along the way, here are some books that I will be reading (or have read) that may be helpful for you.
Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change, Tod Bolsinger. I mentioned this book last week. Bolsinger uses Dr. King’s line, “to hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope” and the image of a blacksmith shaping a tool for what God wants to do in us. God wants us to be focused, strong, and courageous during times of change.
A Resilient Life, Gordon MacDonald. This book is about lessons learned from the process of running. In order to run well, one must train, see the end, let go of the past, and finish strong. MacDonald blends his experiences of running and Scripture to offer a vision of how to live with resilience and courage.
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan. This is the second most popular book in history, next to the Bible. It has been translated into over 200 languages and is never out of print. It is the ultimate book about journey. Bunyan uses an extended allegory of journey to describe the Christian life.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, Eugene Peterson. Peterson, the translator of the Message, takes the Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) and uses those as guides for discipleship. In a world where we want things fast, Peterson explains that to follow Jesus and experience transformation, it requires a slow, steady walk in the direction of our Savior.
The Making of a Leader, Robert Clinton. I am teaching a Wednesday night class on this book. Clinton argues that God develops leaders over a lifetime. Through the journey of our life – its experiences, situations, ups and downs – God is forming us and preparing us to have spiritual influence. This good book provides guidance on how to analyze your life in what God has been doing in your past in order to anticipate where God is leading you in the future.
Let me know if you pick up any of these books. I would love to discuss them with you or hear your feedback. May the Lord bless us as we walk with Him on this journey!