"What He ordains for us each moment is what is most holy, best, and most divine for us." Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Golden Canon

Each week I receive a Leadership Weekly newsletter which is geared for just that: people in leadership in the church. In the last issue of the year, they presented us with The Golden Canon which was a list of “the best books for Christian leaders in 2008.” I was quite excited to go to the site to see just how many of the ten I had actually read. Priding myself, I guessed six. One can only imagine my disappointment and shock when I found that not only had I not read any of them, I had not even heard of them!

But 2008 has come and gone and the list is now obsolete, and so I move on only hoping to read something of value in 2009. I often take my reading clues from what others read and maybe you do, too; so I’m keeping an updated list in the margins of this blog of the books, devotionals, and Bible studies I'm reading and using with the thought one might spark an interest with you. But mind you, my choices do not make the top 10.

The great theologian Charles Spurgeon advised his students to be discriminating about what they read, and told them to bathe in good books "until they saturate you." He said, "A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books merely skimmed."

Now put like that, there’s really only one Book worth reading, wouldn't you say? And it surpasses anybody's list of top 10.

Just an ordinary moment…

1 comment:

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

YES!!! First of all, (2nd time here) I love thename of your blog! Nehemiah is a role model for leadership and organization. His story touches me deeply!
Secondly, I loved this post in particular. Spurgeon is one of my favorites. It is true if we spent more time in the Golden Canon we would likely be led to the same realization the authors of all those books had....What a Mighty God we serve!