Here we are at Friday again. It’s been a weird week after all the excitement of launching my book on Monday. Kind of like the end of exams but when you’ve already finished celebrating, everyone’s left for home and you’re waiting for Monday and your summer job to begin. It’s a lull, a bit of after-party blues, a restless I’m-not-sure-what-to-do-with-myself feeling. I’m already thinking about what’s next.
Since I’ve been blogging here for two years now, I’m feeling like it’s time to expand a little. This website has been pretty narrowly focused on defining and figuring out “calling” and I’ve reached a point where I want to talk about calling in all its broader contexts: faith, work, church, daily life. You might not notice too much of a focus change – it’s probably just me needing to let go of the idea that everything should tie back to the “calling” topic so directly. While I’m at it, I might actually do some website updates (if I get really motivated) so stay tuned for some changes around here.
I’m also going to start another reading binge (I tried to take a break while finishing my book because I kept finding material I was sure I needed to incorporate somehow and I had to let it go!). Not all of it will be research-related (I succumbed to the temptation of rereading the Harry Potter series and finished Book 1 already) but most of it will. I’ve got a stack on my desk and an Amazon wishlist a mile long.
Two books that I’m already halfway through this week:
1. Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work by Tom Nelson.
What’s crazy about this book is that it’s the book I would have liked to write next. And now I don’t have to. Nelson does a fantastic job of delving into the theology of work in a totally accessible manner. He’s a pastor who really gets how important it is that we talk about work and what it means for our faith. He writes,
“For way too long, I did not see work as an essential component of a broader, robust theology of Christian calling, nor did I see how the gospel transforms work. I failed to grasp that a primary stewardship of my pastoral work was to assist and equip others to better connected the professions of their Sunday faith with the practices of their Monday work. As a pastor, I regret that I have often give minority attention to what most of us do the majority of our time.”
Wow! Get it. Read it. Tell me what you think.
2. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change by Paul David Tripp.
I’m reading with this with some good friends and can’t wait to discuss it because even though I’m only three chapters in, I already feel like I’ve learned so much. I think you should all read this book too! Why? Because as Tripp writes in the Preface: “I am persuaded that the church today has many more consumers than committed participants . . . for most of us, church is merely an event we attend or an organization we belong to. We do not see it as a calling that shapes our entire life.” We are called to help each other change and grow. That’s not just the pastor’s job or a teacher’s job. We are all called to participate together in building each other up. Tripp writes, “An instrument is a tool that is actively used to change something, and God has called all his people to be instruments of change in his redemptive hands.” It’s an exciting, convicting, challenging read.
What are you reading these days?
p.s. If you downloaded my book for free on Monday, I would love to have you review it on Amazon when you’re finished reading it. This helps other people determine whether it’s a book they should read as well so your honest opinion is welcome and needed!
p.p.s. If you were thinking about buying the book but haven’t gotten around to it yet, then don’t wait too much longer – I’m raising the price on Monday.