But here's the confession. At these conferences, academic booksellers bring their publishing libraries and sell them to conference attendees for 50% off. The reason--if you can get a professor to read your book, he's likely to get his class to read your book.
Oh the books!! There were THOUSANDS of them. And I wanted them all. Every last one of them. BUT, I refrained. Recalling my self-proclaimed fast from book purchasing.
However, I could not hold out completely. I caved. I purchased 6 books in total. 5 of which I purchased because they looked like good resources for my youth ministry (which they are). 1 of which I purchased because my District Superintendent suggested that I read it (and is being read by many of the pastors in my district). I believe it may also give thoughts about the direction for our church. I think these books are all acceptable according to my own guidelines for why a new book would be purchased or added to my list of books to read.
So what were these books you ask? Well, since you asked:
A book you'll actually read: On the New Testament by Mark Driscoll
A book you'll actually read: On the Old Testament by Mark Driscoll
A book you'll actually read: On Who is God? by Mark Driscoll
A book you'll actually read: On Church Leadership by Mark Driscoll
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch
Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics Every Christian Should Know by Wayne Grudem
I also told Susan which books Santa might be able to work into my stocking this year =) I had a nice little list for her to work from too.
Next year (if we get to go again), I'll make sure I'm done with my list so that I can go crazy with the 50% off. Its the deal that gets me. 50%!! I can get twice as many books for the same price! Expensive commentaries become affordable. Think about it, a $50 commentary can become a mere $25 commentary. That is a HUGE difference. Actually, commentaries and reference works would be excluded from my self-proclaimed book purchasing ban because of their practical application in my ministry.
Working on my next 2 books already. Reviews coming within the week I hope. Susan and I also started listening to a book on CD that we have in the house. We only got through a little of the CD, and I liked the book, so I might add it to the list when I hit 25.
A non-repentant book addict...