As you can tell from The Shepherd’s Scrapbook, I love to read, collect and photograph books. So I was excited when my friend John at Monergism.com contacted me to see if I would be willing to direct my love of books in their direction. Beginning today, I am very excited to announce my newest endeavor with a website I’m simply calling takeupandread.com (hosted by the newly designed Monergism.com).
“Take up and read” is the English translation of Augustine’s famous Latin phrase tolle lege, a statement that floated out of the mouth of a child at a neighbor’s house that caused Augustine to pick up the Bible and find salvation in Christ. The phrase “take up and read” permanently symbolizes the life-changing potential of published truth.
This new endeavor will also help organize my two pursuits. This new website will allow me to move a number of past and future book reviews off the blog and to allow TSS to focus more as a forum for essays about the Cross-centered life. I will still use TSS to announce new books and review music and DVDs, but my prayerful intention with takeupandread.com is to provide a larger audience with a one-stop archive of full book reviews.
My hope is to introduce readers familiar with contemporary Christian literature to the rich heritage of excellent works from the past. Men like Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, Horatius Bonar, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and others stand in a long line of Reformed authors that are greatly needed in our generation. And for those who are familiar with these old authors, we need to become aware of the great books being published today by men like C.J. Mahaney, Wayne Grudem, Paul David Tripp, John Stott, John Piper and David Powlison. Just as the fonts in the graphic suggest, I’m trying to merge the antique and the modern into one life-changing library.
Being encouraged to pursue reformed books is a treat because each of these authors saw/sees the centrality of the Cross in everything. Literally tons of reformed literature is today being churned out by publishers around the world and I’ll help you figure out which volumes are best suited so you can “take up and read” and get on with the life transformation.
Have a Cross-saturated weekend!