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BreakPoint: What—and Why—to Read This Year


We hear a lot these days about binge-watching, but may we put in a word for binge-reading?

C.S. Lewis, speaking for tea-lovers and bibliophiles the universe over, once said, “You can never get a crater of tea vast adequate or a book prolonged adequate to fit me.” Lewis, of course, was also the acclaimed author of countless Christian anticipation novels and a series of apologetics works that plea and kindle us even today. we consternation if there’s a connection?

Those of us at the Colson Center positively consider so. You competence even contend we’ve staked the lives, the fortunes, and the dedicated respect on the energy of books to change people, who in spin change the world. My colleagues John Stonestreet, Warren Smith, and Stan Guthrie—not to discuss yours truly—have invested tons of time essay books that help people grasp the Christian story and the roles in it. And of march the old crony Chuck Colson constructed some complicated Christian classics, including “Born Again” and “How Now Shall We Live?”

But books do more than simply coach and supply us. According to the Serious Reading website, there are 30 reasons to review books. Here are five: They give knowledge; urge the brains; revoke the stress; urge the memory; help us rise vicious meditative skills; and build the vocabulary. Okay, that was six, but who’s counting?

So now that I’ve assured you that you ought to review some-more books, the doubt naturally arises: What books should we read? I’m blissful you asked. The two premier devout magazines, Christianity Today and WORLD, have opposite answers to that question, but it’s tough to go wrong possibly way.


CT recently announced its 2018 Book Awards, which represent the books “most likely to figure devout life, thought, and mission.” They are created by Christians and for Christians, under topics such as Apologetics/Evangelism, Biblical Studies, and Culture and the Arts.

Under that last category, CT’s editors comparison “Giving the Devil His Due,” by Jessica Hooten Wilson. The reviewer says, “In this age of psychiatric pharmacology, it’s been a while given the demon has done anybody do anything. Wilson aims to change that, not so much by bringing the demon back into the picture as by indicating out that he never actually left.”

CT’s Book of the Year, meanwhile, is “Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life,” by Tish Harrison Warren. A reviewer says, “Walking her readers by a very typical day (brushing her teeth, making her bed, fighting with her husband), Warren highlights how all of life is liturgical. For a enlightenment constantly in fear of blank out, Warren points to these dedicated bland rhythms as explanation that we’re right in the center of what is happening, if only we’ll take note.”

WORLD takes a opposite tack. Its 2017 Books of the Year prominence volumes, published both by Christian and mainstream presses, that its books cabinet exuberantly recommends, so you’re probable to find just about anything.

Here are a few. In the “Understanding America” category, the leader is Peter Cove’s “Poor No More,” which describes how people really get out of poverty. In the “Understanding the World” grouping, “Red Famine,” by Anne Applebaum, is the Book of the Year. It’s “a prudent and peppery explanation on the Soviet [Union’s] use of fast in an try to destroy Ukraine 85 years ago.” In the “Accessible Theology” category, David Gibson’s “Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End” got top honor. For both WORLD’s and Christianity Today’s book lists, come to BreakPoint.org, and I’ll couple you to them.

As we like to contend here at BreakPoint, “Readers are leaders.” So if you wish to be a leader—in your home, at the office, in church, or in the incomparable multitude this year—you know what you need to do. Start the new year off right. Pour yourself a vast crater of tea, squeeze a good book and start reading.


What—and Why—to Read This Year: WORLD and CT’s Book Honors

As Eric suggests, start the new year reading a good book (or two!). Check out the links next for suggested reads and reviews.


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