Quick click book stack: December 2020
Here’s my stack for December. Themes among them are power, struggle, conflict, overcoming and truth matters. They come as a reflection of what has happened this year, with a focus on how to handle change and the future.
by Eric Metaxas
Several years ago I read Eric Metaxas’ biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and theologian who was part of a small group of dissidents that worked to dismantle Hitler’s Third Reich from the inside. It was a fantastic read, so I went in search of more biographies by Metaxas.
If you know anything about the Reformation, you would have heard of Martin Luther, but not everything you know may be accurate. Metaxas includes new information and draws the reader into the life of this amazing man who took on what was the whole political and religious rule of Europe at the time. To see how God moved this man along, preserved his life (which should have ended in martyr’s flames) and used him to bring huge changes to the world through the beginning of the Reformation, is truly inspiring.
If you want one book on how the Reformation formed, this is it. It doesn’t just give an account of the happenings of a man’s life – it (just like the Bonheoffer biography) goes into the theology that pushed history out of the Renaissance and into the Reformation. So be prepared for some meat.
by Richard Maybury
I’m rereading this in light of how the government, especially in Victoria, has handled the pandemic. Being told where and when we can leave our homes, at what time and also what we must wear, I thought it was time to relook at the boundaries of law and government. And, how the laws that govern our daily living intertwine with economics – we’ve seen it close up this year. Many jobs and some sectors just wiped out, and people’s lives ruined.
This book takes you back to the basics of what law is and how our modern system is confusing right and wrong. We have so many laws, probably too many, but which ones do we really need and which work? GK Chesterton once said, that if we will not be governed by the ten commandments, then we will be governed by the ten thousand commandments.
Richard Maybury explains why our legal system is going haywire, and what we can do about it. It’s basic but empowering knowledge. This is the book to be read after Whatever Happened to Penny Candy.
With all that has happened this year, my kids have questions, big questions. I’m sure yours do too. Do yourself a favour and get educated on the limits and obligations of government, what makes for good government, the dangers of big government, and more. This book is a good start.
by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
I only just started reading this book, but it’s intriguing so far. Post Christian analyses the changes that have been happening in our society and how we as Christians can understand the current worldviews.
From the blurb “This timely book demonstrates how the Christian worldview stands firm in a world dedicated to constructing its own knowledge, morality, and truth. Gene Edward Veith Jr. points out the problems with how today’s culture views humanity, God, and even reality itself. He offers hope-filled, practical ways believers can live out their faith in a secularist society as a way to recover reality, rebuild culture, and revive faith.”
This is a good book to read if you are homeschooling teens, for young people who are entering tertiary education and anyone who just wants to keep up with current worldviews.
by Curtis Heffelfinger
If you’re a Christian, I’m sure you’ve realised by now that the church is full of sinners, albeit saved by grace sinners. As such, we have conflict and need to learn by God’s grace to resolve them.
Building on similar principles as The Peacemaker by Ken Sande, this book focuses on conflict that occurs between individuals that affects the unity of the church. Heffelfinger doesn’t hold back and stresses that repentance and humility are key to solving and maintaining the difficulties we have with others. He provides many real life examples of how it has been done, which helps bring hope and encouragement.
Christ’s church and His endeavour in the earth is to be put above our own agendas. I’m enjoying this book in an uncomfortable kind of way, if that makes sense. You’ll find yourself thinking, “Yeah, if that person would just read this book”…. but also, “I’m glad I’m reading this book, that’s me.” If it is, and you have been wondering how you can move forward and out of prickly and sour situations, read this book, then read Ken Sande’s book. They are both excellent tools.