"Don't Waste Your Life on Bad Books"
Several years ago I began noticing over at The Gospel Coalition (TGC) website occasional posts that begin with the phrase "On My Shelf". Following these words would be the name of someone affiliated with TGC. I hadn't been particularly interested in these posts featuring books being promoted by the Calvinistas (many are written by those in that camp) — that is, until now…
To see a list of these posts, simply Google "On My Shelf" and "The Gospel Coalition" and you will see several pages of links.
All of these posts feature questions such as:
What's on your nightstand right now?
What are some books you regularly re-read and why?
What books have most profoundly shaped how you serve and lead others for the sake of the gospel?
What’s the best piece of wisdom you’ve learned over the years of reading?
What biographies or autobiographies have most influenced you and why?
What are your favorite fiction books?
The individual being spotlighted would respond to each question with a list of book recommendations. When I first started seeing these "On My Shelf" posts, I wondered what the real motivation was. Curiosity finally got the best of me, and I decided to do a little investigating. Here's what I have discovered so far.
On October 31, 2015, Collin Hansen (who wrote the Young, Restless, Reformed book and the Christianity Today article by the same name), published an interesting post entitled "Don't Waste Your Life on Bad Books" over at The Gospel Coalition website. I've gotta hand it to this Calvinsta crowd – they really amaze me with their originality. 😉
Hansen explains that he'll never have time to read everything he likes and doesn't want to waste whatever time he has left on earth reading bad books. Therefore, he is relying on his friends and mentors to recommend good books.
What follows next in Hansen's post caught my attention (see screen shot below).
So what is HUBWORTHY.COM?
According to its website, Hubworthy is a product of Worthy Brands, LLC, a Dallas-based company that was founded in 2013 by Peter Hegi and Doug Hudson to help trusted leaders and influencers connect with their communities, extend their mission, and transform lives.
Here's a short video that provides an overview.
And here is Hubworthy's philosopy.
Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, and Mac Brunson (and their bookshelves) are featured on Hubworthy's website.
In the following video clip, an East Dallas pastor shares why he is excited about this virtual bookstore.
Here is even more information about this 'novel' business.
In light of all of this, here's my sincere question:
Who has time to read God's Holy Word when one is being bombarded with all these book recommendations? Seriously???
In an upcoming post, we will share our thoughts regarding this latest and greatest marketing ploy.
If you have been suckered into buying A LOT of books that the Calvinstas recommend, perhaps you could organize them by color like those pictured at the top of the post.
Stay tuned for much more on this topic.