Sunday, March 27, 2011

What are you reading?

It's been said that 5-10 years from now that we will be exactly the same person we are today, except for the books we read and the people we meet. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but there's a lot of truth in there. Though I share a lot about books on this blog, I'm learning even more by serving and interacting with people. It's just easier to summarize a book than a person or what you learn from others :)

Reading anything interesting these days? Comment here and let me know!

I've just gotten a few orders from Amazon as I've been taking advantage of their sale of used books. Here is the latest batch in my pile of books to read...

Love Wins (Rob Bell)
Made to Crave (Lysa TerKeurst)
The Treasure Principle (Randy Alcorn)
The Chase (Jerry Bridges)
Revolution in Leadership (Reggie McNeal)
Called (Kary Oberbrunner)
Who Said Women Can't Teach? (Charles Trombrey)
Halftime (Bob Buford)
Why Gender Matters (Leonard Sax)
Simple Small Groups (Bill Search)
Peaceful Living in a Stressful World (Ronald Hutchcraft)
Mike the Most of Your Life (Kirk Nowery)
Revolutionary Generosity (Kirk Nowery)
Call Me If You Need Anything (Cathy Peterson)
How Full is Your Bucket (Rath and Clifton)

What else should I add to my list?


Anonymous said...

Larry, I notice that one of the books is a Rob Bell book titled Love Wins. Have you studied Rob Bell's teaching and if so what are your thoughts?
I watched a youtube video of him promoting his book and this man is clearly and admits that he is emergent.
What are your thoughts on the emergent church?

Larry Baxter said...

I just finished Love Wins and had previously looked at Velvet Elvis and Nooma. Yes, that promotional video was somewhere between scary and disturbing from an evangelical perspective.

Good questions, as there is a lot of confusion on the emerging/emergent church, and on what to think about Bell's recent book. I will do several posts on these topics as soon as I can make some time. To avoid skirting the question completely, I think Bell means well and loves God but some of his teachings do not align with Scripture and may cause more harm than good. The emerging church (not to be confused with the Emergent Village movement) does a great job at asking questions and pointing out flaws in how the church operates today, but they don't do so well with providing solutions to the concerns they raise. More on all that later. Thanks.

Larry Baxter said...

I just posted a review of a book that is a counterpoint to Love Wins -- Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sparkle (

I think the views presented by Chan are spot on, and the authors do a good job at pointing out a number of significant issues with Bell's teaching. I would recommend to anyone reading Love Wins that they also read Erasing Hell or Christ Alone by Wittmer and Horton.

Let me know if you have other questions on Love Wins, as I doubt I'll do a full review on it.