The Book Review Ministry

Who we are: 

A few of us Covenanters have joined together to write a book review a month for the benefit of our church family. There is a separate blog under the "Ministries" tab called "Book Review Ministry" that will be our home. We love to read and hope you find the reviews helpful in aiding your own pursuit of books. 

What we are about: 

We have several goals, but the simple way of saying it is that we want to encourage the body of Christ, our church family, to read. Making use of the church library, the city library, and deals on Amazon can be a daunting task. History is full of great books but unfortunately most of us will only read a tiny fraction of those. Book reviews thus can be extremely helpful in narrowing our search by distinguishing those not worth a cursory read and those worth several reads.

Why we are here: 

In 2010 Google Books calculated that 129,864,880 books have been published in human history. The Library of Congress currently houses some eighteen million books. American publishers add some two hundred thousand titles to this stack each year. In the next fifty years over twenty-eight million books will be available for you to read. If you read one book per week for the next 50 years, you will read about 2,600 books. (Lit!, Tony Reinke, pg. 93-94). In the face of such a daunting task we readers have to take a step back and reevaluate our purpose in reading. If our purpose is to read a lot and learn a lot, we will inevitably fail. Twenty-six hundred books is just not going to cut it. But, if our purpose is to be diligently active in our minds, pursuing God, the very center of all knowledge, then we can be successful in one five minute session with one page of one book (if it is a good book). Our goal is not to see how many books we can get through but how many can get through us and change us (e.g. C. S. Lewis). With that goal in mind, book reviews are the next best thing to having multiple brains, lots of time, and endless resources. We can sift through the chaff and savor the wheat of history's great books so that our time is best spent equipping us to live lives to the glory of our Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16).

 

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