What I’ve Been Reading

Over at Conciliar Post, we’ve got a nice collection of short write-ups on the books that some of our writers have been reading. My contributions are included below, but I’d encourage you to check out what else we’re been reading by clicking here.

Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child (Anthony Esolen)

In Esolen’s captivating work, compulsions are those things from within and from without that enslave us to false choices and a degraded concept of freedom. Instead of the compulsions that give us a “choice” between that which is evil and that which is foolish, Esolen beckons parents to the sage wisdom of the Western Tradition that enables true freedom. With chapters on work, education, parenting, literature, music, art, philosophy, leisure, family life, and history, Esolen writes with pensive depth and penetrating insight. A thoughtful counter-cultural guide, Life Under Compulsion has given this parent a great deal to reflect upon and reevaluate.

Cancer—Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead (Kenneth Haugk)

I try to read at least one work of practical theology at all times, and my most recent foray into this area has been Cancer—Now What? An eminently practical book, this volume looks at the emotional, medical, relational, and spiritual challenges that face those who’ve been diagnosed with cancer. This book offers practical and applicable insight on how to address the many challenges that accompany the dreaded “c” word. Undergirding the contents of this book is the idea that Christians are called to offer a ministry of presence and care to those who are experiencing difficulties. Cancer—Now What? is a powerful, practical reminder of the real needs that real people face when fighting the cancer battle.

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God (Mark Batterson)

Christians, especially those faced with major life decisions, often ask things like, “How do I know what God is saying to me?” or “What should I do with my life?” For those with such queries, Pastor Mark Batterson’s latest book offers salient, practical insight. The thesis of Whisper is that God speaks to different people through a diversity of methods, all of which accord with the clear and plain teachings of Scripture. Batterson digs deep into how God speaks through scripture, desires, dreams, people, promptings, and pain. Filled with engaging illustrations and sound principles, Whisper is a thought-provoking read that people asking questions about their future will enjoy.


What good books have you been reading recently?


Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

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