I am almost done reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. In the great memoir by Walls, she recounts her childhood as a part of a nomadic family that was always moving from state to state. He dad was a radical man who moved his family because of legal reasons and to not be found. Her mother was an artist, but never made it anywhere with her art. Walls life was up and down and some places she lived her and her family became pretty wealthy, but only to move again and be poor. She goes through many hard things and she recounts all the good and bad of growing up in her bad environment. Near the end of the book, Walls recounts how she made it from that type of family to become a pretty successful woman making a living in New York City. Overall, this is a great book that really opens your eyes to how rough some children have it growing up in very tough environments. The next book on my list to read is The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose. This interesting book is written by a Brown University student, Kevin Roose, who transfers to Liberty University for a semester to see what Evangelical Christians are all about. I have a few friends who have read it and really liked it so I believe I will enjoy it! I will post a review about it after I read it. But I would definitely recommend The Glass Castle to anyone who enjoys reading about people growing up in hard situations, but making it through to become a great person!
Here is a video that intrioduces the book and gives brief overview of what it’s all about:
I bought this book sometime last year, but I have never got around to reading it until now. I must say, I’ve only read the first two introduction chapters and it has been amazing! The things that are said by the author, Bill Perkins, are hard hitting and really motivates you to get serious about being a man of God.
In the first chapter, Perkins deals with finding Christ and living as thought nothing else matters exceptknowing God. This phrase is said many times in this chapter, “nothing else matters compared to knowing God and fighting at His side.” Wow, every time I think about that statement, it really convicts me to live my life fully for God and living to know Him better and to fight for the things He values! Perkins also deals with his own salvation experience in this first chapter. He brings out the point that from the time he was saved until now, there sometimes seems to be a passive attitude that takes root over time. This is what he says, “That experience (salvation) changed my life. What disturbs me is that now, years later, while I still believe that nothing else matters compared to knowing God, I often live as though I don’t believe it. I struggle with spiritual passivity. It eats away at me as convertly as termites in the walls of my house. And I know that most men are weakened in the same way.” Those statements are very real Christian men today, and we must fight against the spiritual passivity that we all face! Perkins ends this first chapter with this simple question and answer, “How can we combat this passivity? We must choose to live with a focus on God.”
In the second chapter, Perkin deals with the describing the spiritual war that is wagging around us and in us between Satan and his demons who are out to destroy us and God and his angels that are watching over us. Perkin dives into the subject of why is life so hard in this chapter. He says, “The disoppointments of life arn’t intended to strip away at our manhood. God allowed every hardship you’ve experienced to strengthen you by driving you to Him.” I love how Perkins put this because that is something we all need to be reminded of. That God allows hardships in our life to drive us to Him. Perkins also says this, “Yet God allows you to get knocked down by hardship, discouragement, and even defeat as a means of toughing you up for a bigger battle.” As a child of God, God is constantly molding you and growing you into the image of His Son. He has big plans for us, big battles we must face, and God knows that even by putting hardship in our lives, He is getting us ready for something much bigger! Perkin also talks about King David’s mighty men that are talked about in the end of 2 Samuel. It is very interested what the Word of God says about these “mighty” men. 2 Samuel 22:2 says, “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader.” It seems that the mighty men were not always so mighty! God wants to make each of His men mighty and Godly men, but sometime we have to go through the hard times to get us there.
This is a great book that I would highly reccomment for any young man or older man who is interested in living a strong, Godly life for the Lord. I will post a few more blogs about it as I read this book.
Josh Griffen, the high school student pastor at Saddleback Church, is putting out this book soon. I’m super excited to read this book! I love reading any book on youth ministry, but Josh Griffen is a man in youth ministry that I highly respect. He is running one of the best youth ministries I have ever seen and has an excellent blog that is very relevant for anyone involved in youth ministry. Make sure and check that blog out at www.morethandodgeball.com. My opinion is that anyone involved or passionate about youth ministry should check out the student ministries at Saddleback and also check out the community around www.simplyyouthministry.com. I may not agree totally with some of the things at the student ministry at Saddleback, but God is evident in their work there. I hope this book turns out to be a good one! After reading it, whenever that might be, I will post a review on it!
With all the reading I have to do this semester, I wanted to go on and get a jump on it early! For my Church Education class I had to read a book called “Light Their Fire” by Leonard Allred, which was a professor at my school Piedmont Baptist College! In this book, Allread gives twenty-nine “matches” that one can use in a class to light a fire in adults through teaching them! All of Allread’s suggestions or “matches” in this book are very good. With his education background and many years of teaching adults, the suggestions in this book are trustworthy and a “must use” in any teaching situation! Though I am majoring in youth ministry with hopes of being a youth pastor, the “matches” in this book are useful also for me because these “matches” can also be used in teaching teens and young adults! If you are a teacher of adults or even teens, this book is a must read! It is an easy read and a good book to get you excited about teaching and lighting a fire for God to whomever you are teaching!