After a guy is in seminary for four years, he accumulates shelves of books that he tells himself he will get to someday. Well that "someday" is now. I am reading Carson's For the Love of God and Piper's What Jesus Demands from the World as part of my devotional reading. Carson's book is based on Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Bible reading program, where the reader is directed to read the entire Bible once and the New Testament and the Psalms a second time within one year. Piper's book is a series of short chapters that examine the demands of Christ that are recorded in the gospels. It has come highly recommended, and thus far, I have not been disappointed. I just picked up George Marsden's biography of Jonathan Edwards. I have been excited to get started with this one, but I would have felt guilty reading it before I had finished with my school reading. Occasionally, Jana and I are still trying to pick up Judson's biography. (We would often do the reading during long drives, but lately we have been presenting in churches that are within relatively close distances to home.) The Scramble for Africa is still on the "in-process" shelf, but I have not picked it up in a little while. I have enjoyed it as I have been reading, but I have let myself indulge a little by putting it on the shelf and reading Marsden.
Reading that I have not been assigned. What a relief!