January is my month off from school so I picked up some highly recommended books to fill my evenings and travel hours…
A Week in the Life of Corinth by Ben Witherington. Witherington is a world-class professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and has written many academic books and commentaries. This is a work of historical fiction for a general audience, an easy read (2-3 hours), and explores many facets of daily life in a town where the gospel took root under Paul’s teaching. Highly recommended.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible With Both Our Hearts and Our Minds by Jen Wilkin. Wilkin is a young, popular, female voice in support of inductive Bible study. Her teaching is well-grounded, and the book on how we should approach studying the Bible is well-written. There’s even a chapter for teachers on common pitfalls to avoid.
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness. This book stands as a classic, reflective piece on the finding ones purpose in life. Full of historical figures and wisdom, it could be read as a devotional book by anyone pondering the call of God in their lives. It is required reading for all Asbury seminary students.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Great novel by a young African author! It traces the life stories of Cameroonian immigrants and a wealthy Lehmann Brothers executive in New York City as the market crashes in 2009. Themes of immigration, poverty, wealth, happiness, relationships, and ethics are prominent.