July Reads: Counterfeiting, Curiosity, Studying Scripture and More

I hit the books again in June, but my “to read” pile also grew exponentially. Here’s what I was reading in July.

Counterfeit Gospels – Trevin Wax

I’ve been reading Trevin Wax’s book rather slowly to digest the many counterfeits he dissects. I finished it this month. What makes this book useful is that he defines the true gospel and then looks at how false gospels diverge from the truth in one of three ways.

Wax says that ” in most cases, counterfeit gospels represent either a dilution of the truth or a truth that is out of proportion.” While I don’t agree with everything in the book, I found it to be a useful primer exposing many of the common counterfeit gospels facing the church today and recommend reading it.

A Curious Man – Neal Thompson

Have I mentioned that I love biographies? I also love weird things, so a biography of Robert “Believe It Or Not” Ripley is exactly why kind of book. I’ve read about a third of the book so far. I had no idea that Ripley got his start as a sports cartoonist before branching out to oddities from around the world.

When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up – Jamie Janosz  

This is a short collection of biographies of Christian women, their callings and their struggles.

Alone with God – John MacArthur

I’m really enjoying this book on prayer.

Women of the Word – Jen Wilkin

I only just began reading Jen Wilkin’s book, but I’m very excited by her passion for biblical literacy and study.

In my queue: Jesus on Every Page, Go Tell It, Writing Tools (I’ve already read some of this, but want to pick it up again), Girl at the End of the World and People in Glass Houses.

About Julia

Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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