On My Nightstand

Books, for me, are therapy, a way of relaxing from the pressures of the world. My habit, lately, has been to physically read books on theology and the Christian life and to listen, via audiobook, history and biography. I'm almost always in the middle of reading a book and listening to a book. George Will recently discussed this kind of rhythm in a radio interview and I think it suits me pretty well. Currently, these books are in my book pile: From Weakness to Strength by Scott Sauls The best thing I can say about my friend Scott is that he preaches a beautiful gospel. I read everything he writes. This book is a unique leadership book in that it doesn't offer new systems or productivity hacks, but a vulnerable and biblical look at leadership. Scott's premise is that leadership in the kingdom of God is upside down: humility and weakness lead to spiritual strength....

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My New Project on Human Dignity

I'm pleased to announce that I've just signed a contract for my next book project. I'm pleased to be working with The Good Book Company on a book on human dignity. I'm deeply grateful for my agent, Erik Wolgemuth and for The Good Book Company for believing in this idea. I've been impressed with TGBC, both in the quality resources they publish and in their great interest in this project. It's an honor, not a right, to have a publisher willing to publish my work. The issues of human dignity have captured my attention for a while. I've been writing on this theme for some time. I believe that the Christian story offers something unique to the world: this idea that every human being was created in the image of God. In this book. I plan to explain, for a lay audience, what the imago dei means and then to help...

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Good Men Are Hard to Find: Lessons from the Life of George H.W. Bush

I just finished reading Jon Meacham's magnificent biography of the 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush, a book I thoroughly enjoyed, from cover to cover. Bush's election to the presidency in 1988 was the first presidential election I paid attention to. I was ten years old, already a budding politics and history nerd. We huddled around the radio in our family room that November night (our family did not own a TV) and waited to hear the returns. George HW Bush was in the arena during much of the pivotal history of the 20th century. His father, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. Senator. He volunteered to fight in World War II and became a fighter pilot whose plane was shot down over Chichi Jima. He and three others survived, but not after he finished his bombing mission, parachuted into the waters of the Pacific, and was rescued by a Navy submarine. When...

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Announcing My New Book: The Original Jesus

This September, Baker Books is releasing my sixth book, The Original Jesus. This book is a critique of ten different versions of Jesus floating around in the evangelical world. I was motivated to write this book by observing the flippant way we (and I mean we because, in some way, I'm tempted toward all of these false Jesus' myself) talk about Christ. We have a tendency, in our modern age, to mold Jesus into our image rather than letting Jesus mold us into His. ...

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