I was at my favorite bookstore, Master’s Loft, in Winston-Salem over the weekend. I love the store, not just because of the free wifi and good coffee and deserts, but because they have a great selection of both new and classic Christian books and music. I also like the live music they host every weekend. As I was walking through the store, a new book by Phil Vischer caught my eye, Me, Myself, & Bob. I had previously posted about the downward spiral and bankruptcy of Big Ideas, the parent company of Veggietales. This book looks like an in-depth look at all the details.
I also bought two books I hope to read and review soon.
The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus, Pastor of Mosaic in Los Angeles. I have listed to his podcast for a long time now. I love his passion, his vision, and the way he speaks to your soul.
The other book is The Truth About Spiritual Warfare: Your Place in the Battle Between God And Satan by the late Dr. Mark Corts. Dr. Corts had an incredible influence on my life. I had just graduated college, got married to Jennifer, moved to a new city, and taken a job as a crash test engineer in Winston-Salem, when I stumbled on Calvary Baptist Church. We loved it from the first visit. Dr. Corts had a great way of explaining Biblical truth. We ended up only living there for a year, but in that time I felt like a sponge, just soaking up truth as fast as I could. From the great messages on Sunday morning, to a Sunday School class in which I had the freedom to ask difficult questions and learn, to Sunday night messages by Gary Chapman, the Senior Associate Pastor and the writer of The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, from all those experiences, I grew as a Christ follower and my commitment to serving Christ was solidified. I truly believe that God placed me there in that job for the purpose of preparing me for ministry. From time to time, I still go back and visit. I view Calvary similar to the stone altar at the Jordan River for the Israelites. I look back and remember how God has worked in my life.