I already own more books than I can read in a lifetime (which I find highly depressing), and so I buy fewer books than I used to, and I have begun to weigh the pros and cons of any book I read. It’s a little crass, but when I consider whether or not I should read a book, I often think of Elaine from Seinfeld wondering if a boyfriend was sponge worthy.
I have recently interacted with two different authors, and I was struck by the radical difference between how the two authors approached me to help them with their book. Here is a short story about what happened.
This book on the Grand Canyon is somewhat scientifically technical, but the numerous color images, graphs, and charts help make it more accessible to the average reader. No matter what your views are on the Flood and the formation of the Grand Canyon, I highly recommend this book.
Unchurching is a great book about the church. If you have questions about what the church is, how it is to function, and why so many Christians today can confidently claim that they are better able to follow Jesus and be the church in the community now that they have stopped attending a Sunday morning meeting, this book is for you.
Allen Ross has written 3 excellent commentaries on the psalms. They are helpful, but not overly technical, which makes them great for any Bible student. One of the problems that makes commentaries on the Psalms difficult is that they try to analyze emotions. Allan Ross does not destroy the emotions of the text in his commentaries.