Summer Reading, part 2… by bigplew
May 9, 2008, 6:00 am
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by Mike Plewniak

Guard your summer.  Guard your time with God and with your friends.  And Guard the gospel.  In my second part of summer reading recommendations, let me recommend you read one good book on the cross this summer.  

Frederick Leahy writes this, “As the cross is central in God’s eternal decrees, and in the actual redemption of his people, so it should be central in the thinking and experience of the individual Christian.  It is my conviction, and at times my sad experience, that as the cross goes out of focus in the Christian’s life, coldness and backsliding set in.”  Let me start my recommendations with the book this quote is from.

The Cross He Bore by Frederich Leahy

I am currently reading through this book as part of my devotions.  It is “meditations on the sufferings of the redeemer.”  The chapters are short and well-written.  The content is focused on the last day of Christ’s life. The implications in my heart and life are astounding.  This is probably one of those books I will re-read frequently.



The Cross of Christ by John Stott

A classic on the cross.  This book is more exhaustive then any other book on this list, and may take you the whole summer to read.  But I promise you that you will never forget this summer if you take the time to read it.  Chapter 7 is worth the price of the book.




Living the Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney

Probably the most practical book on the cross.  What is the effect on your soul?  What did the cross accomplish?  How can we live each day centered on the cross?  How does the cross help us fight legalism and condemnation?  CJ answers all of these questions and much more.  A must read for Manspeakers.




The Message of the Cross by Derek Tidball

This book is broken down into 4 sections:  the cross anticipated, the cross experienced, the cross explained, and the cross applied.  Each chapter walks thru a different biblical text on the cross.  It’s straight scripture and will help you see the cross from Genesis thru Revelation.  The texts he walks thru would be a great thing to do for devotions through the summer also.



CJ Mahaney:  “Never be content with your current grasp of the gospel.  The gospel is life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth.  It has more facets than any diamond.  We will never exhaust its depths.”



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