Summer Reading Anyone?

Looking for something to read as you lie sprawled out in the sun of an ever so brief South Dakota summer? Well stop looking! We have a few suggestions, 2 of them being available on the CVCC resource table at the front of the church (that is to say, pssst…they’re free!). If you cannot wait however, click on the links below and you will be directed to the always inexpensive Westminster Bookstore Online.

First up, a book I have not yet finished but am plowing through with significant enthusiasm.

When Helping Hurts: How to alleviate poverty without hurting others…and yourself.

I have found the content in this book very insightful, eye-opening and challenging. Specifically, it challenges our presuppositions about poverty and begs the question, “Is poverty defined only as a lack of material things or is it a lack of something more?” If it is something more, as the book suggests, it would mean much of our efforts to alleviate poverty are improperly materially based. The book sets out to respond to poverty in a wholly biblical, Christ centered way and I can’t wait to finish. Considering our upcoming Care Ministry meetings (announcement coming soon) the subject matter of this book is highly pertinent. Not yet available on the resource table but is super cheap at the link above. Check it out!

Next, the newest addition to the resource table but probably the oldest book.

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

I don’t know if I can do justice in describing a Lewis work, so I thought a quote would suffice.
“If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative idea of unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love. The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not self-denial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire. If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Finally, a book by Paul David Tripp, an author and pastor I am beginning to deeply appreciate. He recently spoke at the Children Desiring God conference several of us attended and was very insightful and helpful. His message “His Story or Your Story: Who Reigns Supreme in Your Heart” can be heard by clicking HERE. His book on parenting teenagers is incredibly encouraging and helpful. I found it to be a great resource for High School Youth ministry – I can imagine a parent would find it even more valuable. It is available on the resource table currently and at the link below.

Age of Opportunity

Paul Tripp encourages and equips parents not to think of their child’s teen years as something to survive but rather as an opportunity to minister and train their teenager in godliness. It’s one of those books that you’ll read and say to yourself over and over again, “Why didn’t I think of that?!


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