What’s on Your Nightstand?

May 27, 2009

What's on Your Nightstand?Via Lisa notes: On the fourth Tuesday of each month, Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Books asks, “What’s on your nightstand?” Here’s my stack:

Wicked by Gregory Maguire, because we loved the show. While the show was great for the family, the book is definitely adult fare. I am enjoying it. This is my “fun” reading.

Getting Things Done by David Allen. I’m not actively reading this but have it close by for reference as I try to apply the GTD principles to my life more seriously. The goal: Get things out of my head, so that I can have a “mind like water” that can choose the right action at any given time.

Exiles by Michael Frost, subtitled Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture. This book offers several important keys for the contextualization of the gospel in our culture. But I bet a lot of people reach for the book looking for evangelistic tricks, and put it down wondering, “Why is he talking about unfair tax breaks for corporations?” If you understand that the culture has changed and requires missionary methods, then you will understand the need for contextualization and how that will help you identify ways God is already at work in our culture.

books on my nightstand

So, what’s on your nightstand?

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to What’s on Your Nightstand?

  1. Let me know what you think of Wicked…I read it a few years ago…not one of my faves, and I understand it’s quite different from the musical (which I still want to see!).
    On my nightstand…or floor…or, well, currently on the shelf about to be removed…
    The Song is You – Arthur Phillips (this is what I’m going to start next)
    EVEN – Andrew Grant (I’ve already read it, but he’s a new author and I know him, so I like having it in plain sight)
    Experiencing God – Henry Blackaby (working through this with my community group…always a good read!)

  2. A Bible, a book about bad child hood, and some spare change.

  3. Carrie, I should have known you would be the first person to comment! 🙂
    Wicked the book is OK. But Wicked the musical is worth paying some bucks for! Catch it while it’s in San Francisco.

  4. Kevin,
    – What are you reading in the Bible lately?
    – What’s the “bad childhood” book?
    – How much change?

  5. Kinda funny that we both wrote blogs in the last week about books…hmmm…

  6. Carrie,
    Of course it figures that your post is much more extensive than mine!

  7. Well, you blog, like, every day…I do it once every 2 or 3 or 4 weeks…I think you’re still ahead. 🙂