Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the

Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the


10 thoughts on “Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the Books That Shape Their Faith

  1. Jacob Aitken Jacob Aitken says:

    Surprisingly this book is a fantastic reference Admittedly a lot of the chapters are trash and irrelevant Pop evangelical theology has a shelf span of about six weeks Other chapters though the one by Packer and to a lesser degree Colson are outstanding and can be life changing I will focus on Packer's chapter Packer discusses how Calvin's Institutes formed Packer's own theological life Packer talks about how he read through the Institutes four times That is one lesson that I have kept with me over the past ten years I just finished my third reading Packer also discusses how in order to properly understand Covenant Theology he would occasionally block out a Sunday and read through the Epistle to the Hebrews three or four times If only evangelicals would take him seriouslyPhillip Johnson's chapter is uite interesting His most influential sources are the Lord of the Rings Indeed those who stand in an increasingly violently anti Christian American public suare realize they will have to do similar battleThe book ends with a hundred or so Evangelical leaders giving their own favorite books and why they were influential Highly recommended


  2. Sandra Sandra says:

    Very enjoyable book; I did not sit down and read it cover to cover but it is definitely staying on my freuently culled bookshelf The first and longest portion of the book is devoted to the 22 Christian leaders referred to in the title; these are essays of various length and style It looks to me like the editors simply asked for essays on the books that most influenced these leaders but didn't try to micromanage the style Some included lots of books plus lists of other authors they like; others were essays on one single book that was very influentialAt the end there are lots of other writers I didn't count but maybe between 50 100 who just provided a list sometimes with a one line description of the books recommended Interesting detail I compiled a list of recommendations using this book as my primary source but a few others books and websites as well By far far far the most recommended author is CS Lewis 47 mentions Mere Christianity top at 19 mentions; the next closest is Augustine of Hippo 16 mentions; then Dostoyevsky and Francis Schaeffer 14 mentions each; Bonhoeffer and Oswald Chambers 12; John Calvin 10; JI Packer and AW Tozer 9 I was surprised at how CS Lewis is mentioned by such a wide margin among Evangelicals mainline Protestants and Anglicans The two recent authors that get the most recommendations are Philip Yancy and Richard Foster 7 each


  3. Nicole Nicole says:

    I was drawn to this because I strongly agree that books deeply shape us and are among the greatest forms of learning Some chapters were better than others I particularly enjoyed those by Joni Eareckson Tada JI Packer John Stott and Larry Crabb My favorite chapter was probably Edith Schaeffer wife of Francis Schaeffer The author provides an appendix that lists dozens of other Christian leaders favorite books which is a neat resource to have


  4. Susan Watts Susan Watts says:

    This interesting book contains article by better known Christian believers about which books they have read that have influenced their lives The tell a bit about the book and a bit about how they were influenced by it therefore telling a bit about their own lives Some of my favourite Xian writers were featured here so it was interesting to see what books had influenced them and if I had read them For me narrative has always had much influence on my life than fact that's what I get from hanging around this liars and storytellers Walter Wangerin whose writing I love was influenced by Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov


  5. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this bookand for different reasons than I expected I ordered it because the foreword is by one of my favorite Christian authors Philip Yancey and because the title and premise ask several well known Christian writers what books have most influenced them other than the Bible were appealing I expected to mostly get some ideas for a few spiritual books to read When I actually opened and perused the book I was concerned The authors tended to be of the fundamentalist persuasion than I usually prefer so I was afraid that their recommendations might not be as meaningful or helpful to me Two big surprises1 With a couple of exceptions their writing about reading all kinds of reading was delightful and compelling to someone like me who is an avid reader and who enjoys reading about others who also appreciate the value of a rich reading life Some of the authors wrote so beautifully and elouently about the books they were sharing that I felt I had extracted enough value out of their descriptions that I didn't need to go and read the book they were discussing2 Many of the books that impacted these authors were not what I would call Christian or even spiritual These included works of Shakespeare Dostoyevsky Shusaku Endo Alexander Dumas and Annie Dillard Calvin Miller's essay was particularly delightful in expressing his joy of reading Why am I so narcolibric a word of my contriving meaning 'print addicted'? Because every book I see says to me 'come hither and I will make you wise' Don't you just know exactly what he means? I do Walter Wangerin Jr also spoke about the importance of choosing books wisely Books open our eyes to the complex truths that simple mindless stories simply have no name for So why not pick the best?That's the influence of great books; they teach us how to see the world that is A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us Franz KafkaNot surprisingly the works of CS Lewis figured prominently in several selectionsIt's very important to remember in a book like this as was noted by Michael Card in his essay For almost as important as the content of the book itself is the timing of the moment when it first comes into your life In spite of this I added uite a few books to my check it out listI made lots of notes and highlighted many passageThe editor commented in his introduction on the importance of the books we choose to read much like the importance of the people with whom we choose to associate Any one book might have a negligible influence but taken together they can shape us One drop of red paint in a bucket of white will make no perceptible difference; one drop every day for fifty years will result in a bucket of red paintbooks shape us dynamically molding our minds and soulsOne of the authors who was inspired by Calvin's teaching found it helpful to remember the verse from Psalm 119105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path found that this image as of a flashlight in the dark is helpful to think about how we shouldn't expect to see much ahead of us but trusting in God's light will be sufficient for the next step The dark is the mysteryDonald G Bloesch says Kierkegaard Nygren and Heiler have all expanded my spiritual and intellectual horizons and have helped me recognize the way to reach outsiders for the faith is not by apologetic argument but by sharing the gospel and demonstrating its truth in daily lifeDonald G Bloesch again I have found in my own theological reflection that the truth of God is not accessible to me unless I am in a right relationship with Jesus Christ But paradoxically I cannot be rightly related to Christ unless I see myself as a sinner saved only by grace A faith that will renew the church is one that respects mystery even while trying to find meaning within mysteryGary R Collins reflecting on the book HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS by Trina Paulus about a caterpillar named Stripe who was told by a butterfly that he could fly too but only if he would stop striving and become what he was meant to beLooking back however I wonder if I have spent too much of my life climbing and encouraging others to do the same Climbing won't accomplish our goal To get to the top in this world to have the greatest impact we need to fly And according to Stripe 'you must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar'A lovely description of the Anglican Church by Luci N Shaw where mystery is sanctioned and celebrated where the sacraments and especially the Eucharist that pointer to the unseen real brought me into Christ's real presence and where incarnational reality the recognition of God's fingerprints in human lives and Scripture and the created universe supplied me not with watertight proofs but with a willingness to wait and listen for God and to leave ultimate answers to him in that realm of mystery She says later and what is faith if not belief that persists in the face of paradox and mystery?John R W Stott writing about books by Bishop J C Ryle said Bishop Ryle clarified for me the differences between justification and sanctification One of them is that although we are justified by faith alone WITHOUT works we are sanctified by faith AND works And he showed that whereas justification is a crisis sanctification is a process in which there may be many deeper experiencesOther uotes from Bishop Ryle I should as soon expect a farmer to prosper in business who contented himself with sowing his fields and never looking at them till harvest as expect a believer to attain much holiness who was not diligent about his Bible reading his prayers and the use of his Sundays Boast not of Christ's work for YOU unless you can show us the Spirit's work IN YOU Think not that Christ and the Spirit can ever be dividedWalter Wangerin Jr When goodness confronts evil and does not pay evil back with evil suddenly evil is made so apparent that even the evil one must recognize itRavi Zacharias Modern day evangelicalism particularly has sacrificed language at the altar of ecstasyJosh McDowell on what he learned from CHANGES THAT HEAL by Dr Henry Cloud It is biblical and honoring to God to set limits on your life to set boundaries on what you do how much you help what you get involved inI began to give myself permission to say no and still be a loving personLarry Crab So often our relationship with God is not abut knowing Him but using Him As a psychologist I have felt for years that most of us in American Christianity use God to solve our problems In contrast John of the Cross used his problems to find Godthere is much to the life of a Christian than making life work Elsewhere he says Sin is not just rule breaking; it is wrongly directed passion It's as if you looked at God and said 'Big Deal I want something else'There were a few places where I put uestion marks or No no no but this book was a treasure of thought provoking essays from interesting writers and I'm sure many of the recommended books are treasures too


  6. Wes F Wes F says:

    Good chapters on important books that shaped a number of Christian leaders' faith journeys


  7. Andrew Jones Andrew Jones says:

    A book about books that influenced Christians It doesn't sound like much of a read but is surprisingly interesting A good read


  8. JennanneJ JennanneJ says:

    Ooh This book is so inspiring I just had to journal about it though I'm only 8 or so essays into the book I love hearing about what types of books others read that I might be interested in And I love to hear others praising my favorites CS Lewis makes a strong showing in recommendations as does Augustine But than theologians I appreciate the recommended novels I can get so much into a story than I can into theology or philosophy SO I loved Michael Card praising my personal fave The Count of Monte Cristo And others going on about Shakespeare I've been plodding through a newly auired stack of cheap books found at a number of recent booksales zipping through the less interesting ones first because then I can release them and get them out of my way An interesting novel I might want to keep for my personal collection However this book has reminded me that everything you read becomes a part of who you are so I need to choose my reading wisely With so much great material available why should I waste time on something I don't care for? So I've broken out the old Shakespeare I've dug out one of my favorite authors George MacDonald to reread I'm excited about reading again I found this book waiting on my bookshelf and I finished up the last few essays The philosopher recommendations were not very interesting to me but the final essay in the book was one of my favorites that really made me think about my life and the way I live it I may have to re read that essay a few times this coming week I'd also like to forward it on to a few friends to discuss


  9. Jason Kanz Jason Kanz says:

    In this book the editor Scott Larsen provides essays from 22 well known Christian authors about the books that have most deeply influenced their thinking It was a fascinating examination of how our favorite authors have been shaped by those who have gone before them For some the mentioned books that I have never heard of nor considered Others were unsurprising For example the works of CS Lewis and especially Mere Christianity were nearly omnipresent his influence is so wide ranging Other books mentioned with high freuency include Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky and My Utmost For His Highest Books that were mentioned less freuently than I would have anticipated include Calvin's Institutes which was mentioned just a few times and Luther's Commentary on Galatians which was not mentioned at all


  10. Trisha Trisha says:

    2 12 stars I find it fascinating to read of the books that influence others and this is uite the interesting mix of authors I found it to be a slow read which might simply be due to a crazy season of life but there were enough gems among the pages that I don't feel it was a waste of time I've moved Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment to the top of my want to read list


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Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the Books That Shape Their Faith [BOOKS] ✸ Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the Books That Shape Their Faith Author Scott Larsen – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk What you read plays a pivotal role in shaping the person you will become In the pages of Indelible Ink you can meet the writers and thinkers who most deeply influence twenty two of today’s top Chris What you read plays a pivotal role in 22 Prominent PDF ✓ shaping the person you will become In the pages of Indelible Ink you can meet the writers and thinkers who most deeply influence twenty two of today’s top Christian authors Each of these trusted Christian leaders–whose lives and ministries impact millions around the world–points you to the most valuable books from the past and present including fiction biography theology devotional works histories even commentaries and reference works These are the books that left the Indelible Ink eBook â greatest imprint on the lives of the leaders who are making a spiritual imprint on today’s generationThis uniue collection of new essays reveals the inner life of these modern day leaders and points you to the godly life giving wisdom that has shaped their faith With direction from today’s leaders you can discover the most important written works of our Christian heritageand be empowered anew in your own journey of faith.

  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the Books That Shape Their Faith
  • Scott Larsen
  • English
  • 17 February 2016
  • 9781578565542

10 thoughts on “Indelible Ink 22 Prominent Christian Leaders Discuss the Books That Shape Their Faith

  1. Jacob Aitken Jacob Aitken says:

    Surprisingly this book is a fantastic reference Admittedly a lot of the chapters are trash and irrelevant Pop evangelical theology has a shelf span of about six weeks Other chapters though the one by Packer and to a lesser degree Colson are outstanding and can be life changing I will focus on Packer's chapter Packer discusses how Calvin's Institutes formed Packer's own theological life Packer talks about how he read through the Institutes four times That is one lesson that I have kept with me over the past ten years I just finished my third reading Packer also discusses how in order to properly understand Covenant Theology he would occasionally block out a Sunday and read through the Epistle to the Hebrews three or four times If only evangelicals would take him seriouslyPhillip Johnson's chapter is uite interesting His most influential sources are the Lord of the Rings Indeed those who stand in an increasingly violently anti Christian American public suare realize they will have to do similar battleThe book ends with a hundred or so Evangelical leaders giving their own favorite books and why they were influential Highly recommended

  2. Sandra Sandra says:

    Very enjoyable book; I did not sit down and read it cover to cover but it is definitely staying on my freuently culled bookshelf The first and longest portion of the book is devoted to the 22 Christian leaders referred to in the title; these are essays of various length and style It looks to me like the editors simply asked for essays on the books that most influenced these leaders but didn't try to micromanage the style Some included lots of books plus lists of other authors they like; others were essays on one single book that was very influentialAt the end there are lots of other writers I didn't count but maybe between 50 100 who just provided a list sometimes with a one line description of the books recommended Interesting detail I compiled a list of recommendations using this book as my primary source but a few others books and websites as well By far far far the most recommended author is CS Lewis 47 mentions Mere Christianity top at 19 mentions; the next closest is Augustine of Hippo 16 mentions; then Dostoyevsky and Francis Schaeffer 14 mentions each; Bonhoeffer and Oswald Chambers 12; John Calvin 10; JI Packer and AW Tozer 9 I was surprised at how CS Lewis is mentioned by such a wide margin among Evangelicals mainline Protestants and Anglicans The two recent authors that get the most recommendations are Philip Yancy and Richard Foster 7 each

  3. Nicole Nicole says:

    I was drawn to this because I strongly agree that books deeply shape us and are among the greatest forms of learning Some chapters were better than others I particularly enjoyed those by Joni Eareckson Tada JI Packer John Stott and Larry Crabb My favorite chapter was probably Edith Schaeffer wife of Francis Schaeffer The author provides an appendix that lists dozens of other Christian leaders favorite books which is a neat resource to have

  4. Susan Watts Susan Watts says:

    This interesting book contains article by better known Christian believers about which books they have read that have influenced their lives The tell a bit about the book and a bit about how they were influenced by it therefore telling a bit about their own lives Some of my favourite Xian writers were featured here so it was interesting to see what books had influenced them and if I had read them For me narrative has always had much influence on my life than fact that's what I get from hanging around this liars and storytellers Walter Wangerin whose writing I love was influenced by Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov

  5. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this bookand for different reasons than I expected I ordered it because the foreword is by one of my favorite Christian authors Philip Yancey and because the title and premise ask several well known Christian writers what books have most influenced them other than the Bible were appealing I expected to mostly get some ideas for a few spiritual books to read When I actually opened and perused the book I was concerned The authors tended to be of the fundamentalist persuasion than I usually prefer so I was afraid that their recommendations might not be as meaningful or helpful to me Two big surprises1 With a couple of exceptions their writing about reading all kinds of reading was delightful and compelling to someone like me who is an avid reader and who enjoys reading about others who also appreciate the value of a rich reading life Some of the authors wrote so beautifully and elouently about the books they were sharing that I felt I had extracted enough value out of their descriptions that I didn't need to go and read the book they were discussing2 Many of the books that impacted these authors were not what I would call Christian or even spiritual These included works of Shakespeare Dostoyevsky Shusaku Endo Alexander Dumas and Annie Dillard Calvin Miller's essay was particularly delightful in expressing his joy of reading Why am I so narcolibric a word of my contriving meaning 'print addicted'? Because every book I see says to me 'come hither and I will make you wise' Don't you just know exactly what he means? I do Walter Wangerin Jr also spoke about the importance of choosing books wisely Books open our eyes to the complex truths that simple mindless stories simply have no name for So why not pick the best?That's the influence of great books; they teach us how to see the world that is A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us Franz KafkaNot surprisingly the works of CS Lewis figured prominently in several selectionsIt's very important to remember in a book like this as was noted by Michael Card in his essay For almost as important as the content of the book itself is the timing of the moment when it first comes into your life In spite of this I added uite a few books to my check it out listI made lots of notes and highlighted many passageThe editor commented in his introduction on the importance of the books we choose to read much like the importance of the people with whom we choose to associate Any one book might have a negligible influence but taken together they can shape us One drop of red paint in a bucket of white will make no perceptible difference; one drop every day for fifty years will result in a bucket of red paintbooks shape us dynamically molding our minds and soulsOne of the authors who was inspired by Calvin's teaching found it helpful to remember the verse from Psalm 119105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path found that this image as of a flashlight in the dark is helpful to think about how we shouldn't expect to see much ahead of us but trusting in God's light will be sufficient for the next step The dark is the mysteryDonald G Bloesch says Kierkegaard Nygren and Heiler have all expanded my spiritual and intellectual horizons and have helped me recognize the way to reach outsiders for the faith is not by apologetic argument but by sharing the gospel and demonstrating its truth in daily lifeDonald G Bloesch again I have found in my own theological reflection that the truth of God is not accessible to me unless I am in a right relationship with Jesus Christ But paradoxically I cannot be rightly related to Christ unless I see myself as a sinner saved only by grace A faith that will renew the church is one that respects mystery even while trying to find meaning within mysteryGary R Collins reflecting on the book HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS by Trina Paulus about a caterpillar named Stripe who was told by a butterfly that he could fly too but only if he would stop striving and become what he was meant to beLooking back however I wonder if I have spent too much of my life climbing and encouraging others to do the same Climbing won't accomplish our goal To get to the top in this world to have the greatest impact we need to fly And according to Stripe 'you must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar'A lovely description of the Anglican Church by Luci N Shaw where mystery is sanctioned and celebrated where the sacraments and especially the Eucharist that pointer to the unseen real brought me into Christ's real presence and where incarnational reality the recognition of God's fingerprints in human lives and Scripture and the created universe supplied me not with watertight proofs but with a willingness to wait and listen for God and to leave ultimate answers to him in that realm of mystery She says later and what is faith if not belief that persists in the face of paradox and mystery?John R W Stott writing about books by Bishop J C Ryle said Bishop Ryle clarified for me the differences between justification and sanctification One of them is that although we are justified by faith alone WITHOUT works we are sanctified by faith AND works And he showed that whereas justification is a crisis sanctification is a process in which there may be many deeper experiencesOther uotes from Bishop Ryle I should as soon expect a farmer to prosper in business who contented himself with sowing his fields and never looking at them till harvest as expect a believer to attain much holiness who was not diligent about his Bible reading his prayers and the use of his Sundays Boast not of Christ's work for YOU unless you can show us the Spirit's work IN YOU Think not that Christ and the Spirit can ever be dividedWalter Wangerin Jr When goodness confronts evil and does not pay evil back with evil suddenly evil is made so apparent that even the evil one must recognize itRavi Zacharias Modern day evangelicalism particularly has sacrificed language at the altar of ecstasyJosh McDowell on what he learned from CHANGES THAT HEAL by Dr Henry Cloud It is biblical and honoring to God to set limits on your life to set boundaries on what you do how much you help what you get involved inI began to give myself permission to say no and still be a loving personLarry Crab So often our relationship with God is not abut knowing Him but using Him As a psychologist I have felt for years that most of us in American Christianity use God to solve our problems In contrast John of the Cross used his problems to find Godthere is much to the life of a Christian than making life work Elsewhere he says Sin is not just rule breaking; it is wrongly directed passion It's as if you looked at God and said 'Big Deal I want something else'There were a few places where I put uestion marks or No no no but this book was a treasure of thought provoking essays from interesting writers and I'm sure many of the recommended books are treasures too

  6. Wes F Wes F says:

    Good chapters on important books that shaped a number of Christian leaders' faith journeys

  7. Andrew Jones Andrew Jones says:

    A book about books that influenced Christians It doesn't sound like much of a read but is surprisingly interesting A good read

  8. JennanneJ JennanneJ says:

    Ooh This book is so inspiring I just had to journal about it though I'm only 8 or so essays into the book I love hearing about what types of books others read that I might be interested in And I love to hear others praising my favorites CS Lewis makes a strong showing in recommendations as does Augustine But than theologians I appreciate the recommended novels I can get so much into a story than I can into theology or philosophy SO I loved Michael Card praising my personal fave The Count of Monte Cristo And others going on about Shakespeare I've been plodding through a newly auired stack of cheap books found at a number of recent booksales zipping through the less interesting ones first because then I can release them and get them out of my way An interesting novel I might want to keep for my personal collection However this book has reminded me that everything you read becomes a part of who you are so I need to choose my reading wisely With so much great material available why should I waste time on something I don't care for? So I've broken out the old Shakespeare I've dug out one of my favorite authors George MacDonald to reread I'm excited about reading again I found this book waiting on my bookshelf and I finished up the last few essays The philosopher recommendations were not very interesting to me but the final essay in the book was one of my favorites that really made me think about my life and the way I live it I may have to re read that essay a few times this coming week I'd also like to forward it on to a few friends to discuss

  9. Jason Kanz Jason Kanz says:

    In this book the editor Scott Larsen provides essays from 22 well known Christian authors about the books that have most deeply influenced their thinking It was a fascinating examination of how our favorite authors have been shaped by those who have gone before them For some the mentioned books that I have never heard of nor considered Others were unsurprising For example the works of CS Lewis and especially Mere Christianity were nearly omnipresent his influence is so wide ranging Other books mentioned with high freuency include Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky and My Utmost For His Highest Books that were mentioned less freuently than I would have anticipated include Calvin's Institutes which was mentioned just a few times and Luther's Commentary on Galatians which was not mentioned at all

  10. Trisha Trisha says:

    2 12 stars I find it fascinating to read of the books that influence others and this is uite the interesting mix of authors I found it to be a slow read which might simply be due to a crazy season of life but there were enough gems among the pages that I don't feel it was a waste of time I've moved Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment to the top of my want to read list

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