Sunday, June 14, 2009

Buy These Instead! (A Father's Day Buying Guide)

Last time, I brought up the tabloid-esque books that we shamelessly flock to buy because the author or subject calls themselves a Christian. Instead I encourage you to read books that edify your soul and build up the Body of Christ.

With Father's Day now just a week away, I figure I'd provide a gift list for the dads amongst us.

For the secular sports or music fan, I recommend these that I have yet to read but are high on my list:

Songs for My Fathers. I read an excerpt in an in-flight magazine and have wanted to pick this up ever since.

I gave A Son of the Game to someone as a gift when it first came out, hooked by the description on the jacket.

Not necessarily secular like the others, but doesn't fit in with the rest of my list. Raising Dad hooked me just from the cover.

As for spiritual books that I have read that I cannot recommend enough, I start with The Measure of a Man by Gene Getz. This was one of the first books I read after I became a disciple of Christ and I still turn to it frequently today.

Another book from my "formative years" is Mighty Man of God that keys in on David and his Mighty Men.

Finally I book I cannot recommend more highly is Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. Like Measure of a Man, this is a book that I turn to frequently.
This is a short list, but one I hope you find helpful. Do your dad, husband, or brother in Christ a favor and spare him the necktie and get him something that will draw him closer to Christ.

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