Read a little

If you haven’t been reading good Christian books lately, you might be surprised by the number of good “light-weight”? reads. These are “light” in the amount of words and pages, but still bear depth and insight. In fact, you might find yourself thinking, “that was the best two hours I’ve invested into my spiritual life this year.” Yes, these books are that short and that good.

Since this is the week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, I would recommend one particular book to read: “The Cross Centered Life” by C.J. Mahaney. This work is his life message – to make the cross the center of life for every Christian. Here’s what to expect:

These are the symptoms of not being cross centered:

  • You lack of joy.
  • You’re not consistently growing in spiritual maturity.
  • Your love for God lacks passion.
  • You’re always looking for a new experience or technique to pull all the pieces of your faith together.
  • These are the gremlins of a cross centered heart:
    • Legalism – which means basing our relationship with God on our own performance.
    • Condemnation – which means being more focused on our sin than on God’s grace.
    • Subjectivism – which means basing our view of God on our changing feelings and emotions.

C’mon. Give up two hours and enjoy wisdom that may renew your heart. Short, pithy, and tremendously edifying – can’t beat that.

Here’s some other Mighty-Mites out there:

Follow Me by John MacArthur:

  • A beautifully illustrated book filled with pictures and quotes. The art is only surpassed by the message of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and the victory of living for His glory.

Welcome to the Family by John MacArthur:

  • “Now that I’m a Christian, what do I do?” This question is answered in this short but helpful book which discusses the responsibility of all Christians toward worship, the Word, the world, and to the family of Christ.

Christ Our Mediator by C.J. Mahaney
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn