My slight obsession with books and a few of my favorites

I love books…but I haven’t always. In fact it wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I really got into reading and learning. Looking back I probably could have been quite the nerd back then. However, like most people, I can only really apply myself to learning about something that I actually care about.

These days I can compare my book buying habits to my CD buying habits back in the day. I use to buy between 4 and 8 CDs a week when I was in high school. Why wouldn’t I? I had a crappy job and no real responsibilities, it was clearly the logical thing to do…

Don’t get me wrong, I still love and appreciate music, probably even more than I did when I was 16. Since then My taste in style and artists has grown and matured. Notice I said grown, not changed. I still love The Ramones, Black Flag, Rancid, Minor Threat, Figure Four, New Found Glory, Terror, Alkaline Trio and all of the other bands I grew up on. Thankfully through the years I’ve learned to explore music and art outside of just the punk and hardcore scene.

When it comes to music these days my wife and I prefer to just purchase the record (even though we still don’t have a record player yet), get the album online or purchase the CD at a show. We still occasionally buy a CD from the store, but not so much these days.

Anyway, back to the books. My wife and I have a pretty good collection of books built so far in our short time marriage. Even though we don’t buy books every week it seems like we add a few books to our Amazon cart and wish list all the time. I also have a bad habit of reading four books at a time, which ends up taking longer than if I just read one of them at a time. I just love being able to learn, grow and see different opinions and interpretations of scripture other than mine or what I already know and believe. By the way, the majority of books that I read are centered around topics such as the Christian life, church history, church practice and Jesus himself. I’d just like to give you guys a small list of my all-time favorite books (so far at least). These books have played a huge part in my life as a Christian and have revealed Christ and scripture to me in ways that have been challenging and really life changing.

These books are in no certain order of importance or favoritism, they’re just altogether favorites.

1. The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee

2. The Centrality of Jesus Christ (The Collected Works of T. Austin Sparks: Volume 1)

3. From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

4. Christ the Sum of All Spiritual Things by Watchman Nee

5. Against the Tide by Angus Kinnear (biography of Watchman Nee)

6. Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna and Reimagining Church by Frank Viola (two different books but I believe they go hand in hand to create one complete work)

7. The Community Life of God by Milt Rodriguez

8. Created for Community by Stanley Grenz

9. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

10. The Normal Christian Church Life by Watchman Nee

11. The Untold Story of the New Testament Church by Frank Viola

This list could go on but I want to keep it fairly short for now. I’m also sure that as the months and years go on this list will continue to grow and change. But for now these have been the most influential and helpful books that God has put in my path. I’m very thankful for all of these writers and what have given to Christendom through Christ.

What are some of your favorite books? (fiction or non-fiction, all time favorites)

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6 thoughts on “My slight obsession with books and a few of my favorites

  1. josephwesley says:

    Hey Quincy, this is a great list. Here are mine:

    1. The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
    2. The Normal Christian Church Life by Watchman Nee
    3. The Spirit with Our Spirit by Witness Lee
    4. The Practical Expression of the Church by Witness Lee
    5. The Spirit of Christ by Andrew Murray
    6. The Life Study of the Bible by Witness Lee

  2. Joseph says:

    Hallelujah for Christ our life! 🙂 I wanted to add one more book to the list of my favorites. This one is up near the top — Character of the Lord’s Worker by Watchman Nee.

    Quincy, thank you for your posts. I look forward to keeping in touch. The Lord be with your spirit.

    • quincyzikmund says:

      I’ve been wanting to read that book for a while but haven’t gotten to it yet. It’s nice to hear that you really enjoy it. I can’t wait to check it out! Thanks Joseph

  3. Joseph says:

    It’s so good that’s on my “read once per year” reading list.

  4. NeftalĂ­ RodrĂ­guez says:

    Hi quincy
    Im from Puerto Rico and Im graphic designer and a photographer
    and really a great list jaja
    i want to share mine too
    1. The Glorius Church by Watchman Nee
    2. Message Given to the Working Saints by Witness Lee
    3. Lifes Studies by Witnes Lee
    4. Christ as the reality by Witness Lee
    5. The All Inclusive Christ. By Witness Lee

    Hope to keep in touch

    and yes Alleluyah for Christ !!!

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