Summer Reading 2012

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul urges Timothy to come to him soon so that he might enjoy fellowship with his brother in Christ in what could be the apostle’s last days. Interestingly, Paul says to Timothy, “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” Many of you will be heading away this summer for vacations to enjoy fellowship with one another. You will pack sunscreen, bathing suits, beach towels, and all manner of things to outfit your family for vacation. I urge you to take also the books! Consider some of the following as possibilities. All three of these titles can be found in the Church Library (look on the new arrivals shelf).

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Loving the Way Jesus Loved
By Phil Ryken

Ryken, the president of Wheaton College, is the former pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. In this volume he gives an exposition of the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians (particularly verses 4-8) that takes each proposition (“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast…”) and shows how Jesus displayed that aspect of love in His life, death, and resurrection. Ryken’s writing style is simple and easily accessible for all readers who want to delve a little deeper into this very familiar and beloved chapter of Scripture.

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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Historic Campaign to End Slavery
By Eric Metaxas

In this biography on the life of William Wilberforce, Metaxas focuses his attention on Wilberforce’s Front Coversocial and political efforts to carry out his calling of eradicating slavery in England and her colonies. Metaxas shows how Wilberforce was motivated to do so because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the face of opposition, for his evangelical faith and for his attack against the very lucrative slave trade, Wilberforce endured courageously with a constant dependence upon Christ his Savior.

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When Helping Hurts
By Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself  -             By: Brian Fikkert, Steve Corbett    Corbett and Fikkert are professors at Covenant College (Lookout Mt., GA) and specialists with the Chalmers Center for Economic Development. The book seeks to guide its readers to “a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference.” After reading this volume one is left with the understanding that the problem of poverty is far more than just a lack of material things; it is a matter of spiritual poverty which leads to a poverty of self, a poverty of community, and a poverty of resources. The core answer to this issue is Christ Jesus, the Savior and the One will restore all of Creation at His Second Coming and is now restoring sinners to right relationship with God by His death on the cross. Corbett and Fikkert give some good application of how we can work to bring restoration, albeit incomplete, in the here and now that manifests Christ’s glory.

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