• Dr. Mike Routt

A TIME TO READ, LEARN, & GROW!

With the current “stay at home” order in place, life has slowed down dramatically, provided for more family time, and also afforded opportunities to read. Like many Colorado residents, I love the outdoors, especially hiking. But, on the other hand, I enjoy the indoors, “grabbing” a cup of coffee and reading a good book.

Keep in mind, the most important Book, GOD’s Word, should be read every day. Listen to these verses:

Job 29:12

I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured he words of His mouth more than my portion of food.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

So daily Bible reading is a must, as it is imperative for our ongoing spiritual health.

But we can expand our knowledge and keep our minds sharp by reading books. Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, once said, “Leadership requires a constant flow of intelligence, ideas, and information. There is no way to gain the basics of leadership without reading.” Dr. Mohler also said, “Without apology, the Christian leader is a devoted student and a lifelong learner.” Dr. Mohler reads books across the fields of literature, but really enjoys reading historical biographies and historical works in general. He also enjoys quality fiction and worthy works of literature.

If you are looking for a good book to read, here are some books I enjoyed reading in the past 6 months. The books include Christian, U.S. history, and Leadership.

1. The Reason for GOD by Timothy Keller. The book addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about the Christian faith. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian GOD is, in fact, a sound and rational one.

2. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of the Great Migration by Isabelle Wilkerson. This book chronicles one of the greatest untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of African/Americans who fled the South for northern or western cities in search of a better life. From 1915-1979, this exodus of almost 6 million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson follows the lives of 3 persons who migrate: one to New York, one to Chicago, and the other to Los Angeles.

3. Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance by Chuck Swindoll. The author provides a careful study of Job’s life, and seeks to convince the reader that this is another of GOD’s amazing men with heroic character qualities worth emulating.

4. Leaders: Myth and Reality by General Stanley McChrystal. The author profiles 13 famous leaders from a wide range of eras and fields – from corporate CEOs to politicians and revolutionaries. He uses their stories to explore how leadership works in practice and to challenge the myths that complicate our thinking about this critical topic.

5. Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by David Platt. The author led a team on a week-long hike of the Himalayas, and was stunned by the severe human needs he encountered. Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel – to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.

6. Priorities: Reaching the Life GOD Intended by Dr. Mark Ballard

Priorities was written to help you discover and accomplish your GOD-given priorities. You will learn a simple process drawn from Ballard’s practical expositions of Haggai.

7. What is a Girl Worth? by Rachel Denhollander. This deeply personal and compelling narrative shines a spotlight on the physical and emotional impact of sexual abuse, why so many survivors are reluctant to speak out, what it means to be believed, the extraordinary power of faith and forgiveness, and how we can learn to do what’s right in the moments that matter most.

8. All the Gallant Men by Donald Stratton. In this extraordinary, never before told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack – the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona – veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

9. Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter J. Williams. Presenting a case for the historical reliability of the Gospels, New Testament scholar Peter Williams examines evidence from non-Christian sources, assesses how accurately the 4 Biblical accounts reflect the cultural context of their day, compares different accounts of the same events, and looks at how these texts were handed down throughout the centuries.

10.Let the People See:The Story of Emmett Till by Elliott J. Gorn. The author examines the story of a 14-year-old Chicago boy who was lynched and murdered while visiting family in Mississippi, which served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement. Let the People See reminds “us all both how far the country has come and how much farther it has to go.”

11.Washington’s Revolution: The Making Of America’s First Leader by Robert Middlekauff. A vivid new portrait of the formative years that made George Washington a great leader.

12.Turn the Ship Around: A Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders byL. David Marquet. The true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, Marquet instead achieved his vastly more powerful model of giving control.

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