books and tea

What books am I currently reading?

In my Links to Begin the Week I have the following paragraph:

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

My History

After college I was on the Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru), Athletes in Action Weightlifting Team. In June 1974 I was married and began seminary. For ten years I worked in libraries and finished graduate studies. Beginning in 1982, I spent 35 years as a seminary and university librarian and taught Church History. I also spent a short time as a seminary administrative vice president.

Digital versus print tools

I own over 4500 books as part of my Logos Bible Software package. I own about 1400 digital books on Kindle and about 200 print books.

What are the folders in my Kindle collection?

Bible Reading

I have various translations and I am currently reading the One Year Chronological Bible.


This is where new books enter my system until I decide where to file them. I am currently reading After the Fall about people involved in the 9/11 attack on New York, On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior, and Lament for a Father: The Journey to Understanding and Forgiveness by Marvin Olasky.


These are books to help me keep current on those things I learned in seminary. I am currently reading The Promise Plan of God by Walter Kaiser.

Learning About Publishing

This folder contains book on publishing. I am currently reading How to Publish a Book on Amazon by Sam Kerns and APE Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book buy Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch.

Learning About Diet

This folder is about diet and health. I am currently reading Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens and The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung.

Reading for Style

This folder contains books by writers whose writing style I try to imitate: Ernest Hemingway, Steven Pressfield, Peter Mayle and Annie Dillard. I am currently reading Pressfield’s The War of Art, Mayle’s A Year in Provence, and Dillard’s The Annie Dillard Reader.

Paris, France

These are books about France, my favorite travel destination. I am reading Hemingway’s Paris: A Writer’s City in Words and Pictures by Robert Wheeler, Montparnasse: Paris’ District of Memory and Desire by John Baxter and Paris Cafe: The Select Crowd by Noel Riley Fitch.

Final Advice

How portable do you need to be?

I travelled a lot in the past and now live in a small apartment in my retirement community, I need to emphasize digital books.

Why do you read? How does it fit in with the rest of your ministries?

You can see my reasons in the folders above.

I hope this helps.


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