Reading Posts

A Spoke in the Wheel

a spoke in the wheelA week ago I started what may turn out to be one of my favorite classes. The next few months at Fuller I’m studying the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian alive during the rise of Hitler. He was executed about one month before the Nazi’s final demise. While I do not agree with everything Bonhoeffer believed or did, his life offers us a vulnerable look at how to live out a faith in Christ amidst the most trying times one might imagine.

The first book I read for the course is called A Spoke in the Wheel by Renate Wind. It provides both a biographical look on Bonhoeffer’s life as well as a collection of some of his writings. Below are some of the quotes from the book that most stood out to me.


My 51 books of 2015

Here are the books I read in 2015 with my rating for them (5 being the best) along with a brief review. Topping the list this year was The Bible Tells Me So and The Grand Paradox.

Any book without a number rating has been given to me by the author or publisher. In addition to this list you might also check out my reading lists from previous years as well as my recommendations on how to become a better reader. A lot of people resolve to read more in the new year and if that’s you I hope this list gives you something to get you started.

This year I also released my book Redeeming Pleasure in September.


Everyone is a Theologian

reknew manifestoOne of my mentors recently developed a recommended library on a number of theological topics. It’s not just any list, as it spans more than 2000 books. It’s meticulously organized around nine major themes: Bible Interpretation, The Old Testament, The New Testament, Church History, Theology, Apologetics, Christian Living, Philosophy, and Contemporary Science/Free Will/Time. Then, there are numerous subcategories for each of these. He even provides a rating based on the reading difficulty for each book from one to four.

I’m grateful that my book Redeeming Pleasure made this list. In case you can’t find it, it’s in the Theology: Ethics category. It’s rated at a 1 so don’t be scared!

We all have views about God and how to interact with Him. But are your views growing and being challenged? If you can’t easily answer yes to that, I’d recommend you consider spending some time in 2016 growing in your faith in this way.

Click here to check out the list.

Interview for Seminary Dropout

Interview for Seminary Dropout

Recently I had the chance to do an interview with Shane Blackshear about my book Redeeming Pleasure. Shane runs an incredible podcasting site called Seminary Dropout and has built an impressive “who’s who” catalogue of Christian thought leaders (just read through the names of previous interviews on the right side of his site).

As a case in point, the interview before me was with Max Lucado. In the small chance you’re not familiar with Max, he’s currently approaching his 100th book written and has more than 92 million copies in print. So I’m not sure how I managed to get included on that list but I had a great time talking about my book with Shane. I’m still working on selling my first million, which of course they say is the hardest…

Click here to go to his page and listen to the interview.

Redeeming Pleasure Officially Releases Today!

Jeremy Jernigan - Redeeming PleasureI have been waiting for today for years. Actually, almost two decades. Back in high school I felt the desire to address a false choice I watched so many people make between God and pleasure. Either follow God and forsake all fun, or enjoy life and leave God behind. But what if our search for pleasure mirrored our search for God? And what if we could actually show people that through God we experience life to the full?

I hope that this will encourage a believer in their faith through perspectives that may be unfamiliar. I’m convinced there’s a need for a fresh conversation about God in our post-Christendom culture and I’ve done my best to contribute my voice to it. It’s also my hope that this book will offer refreshing perspectives to nonbelievers and will serve as a catalyst in shifting their view of God. God is even better than they’ve ever imagined! Through logical arguments as well as Scripture, I work throughout the book to unpack topics like sex, alcohol, entertainment, and much more, including our views of God. It is a theology for everybody.


You Married the Wrong Person

You Married the Wrong Person

There’s something different about marriage these days. That’s probably the most understated sentence you’ll read all day! Consider some of the research:

In 1960, nearly 70% of the adult population married; today, only about half the population marries. According to the Pew Research Center, the drop-off is even more precipitous for the Millennial generation. In 1960, over two-thirds (68%) of all twenty-somethings married. Today, barely over a quarter (26%) marry. That’s a forty percent decline in the span of a single generation! And that’s where we’re headed: a “single generation.” For the first time in our nation’s history, the majority of adults (18+) will soon be single.

That’s crazy to consider. That’s why we need to commit time and effort into carefully considering our views on marriage and how we apply Scripture in this area. That’s why I’m so grateful for my friend Tim’s book You Married the Wrong Person. His humor and brevity make this a punchy little read that will leave you thinking and reset your eyes on Christ. If you’re not much of a reader, don’t worry, this one can be read in one sitting! He’s also a die-hard Yankee fan, so you know you can trust his point of view!