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.

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