Into the Book


Posts by Jeremiah Stiles

  1. A Book for Creators

    As an artist, I’m suffering from several issues that have targeted my ability to create, including anxiety, and a disgust for anything I write (words are my primary artistic medium). If you can relate to this, or are feeling bogged down by the grittiness of life as an artist, listen. If you’re an artist of any kind, or want to be one, there’s a good chance you will benefit from the insight expounded here.

  2. Enjoying God in Everything

    There’s a pattern among Christians where many will abstain from “the pleasures of this world” as a sort of attempt at “holiness”. And other Christians choose to live hedonistically, enraptured by the pleasures our physical senses can deliver, sometimes feeling guilty for doing so, and asking forgiveness later. If you are in either of these camps, or gravitate to either of these extremes, I’ve got a book recommendation for you. (more…)

  3. A Practical Guide to Productivity

    Do you struggle to keep up with all the information coming your way? Do you sometimes feel that you have to sacrifice your devotional time, or time with your family, to get all your work done? Between appointments, obligations, and menial chores, it can be hard to keep everything organized, and make time for personal projects, tasks, and goals. Many people live within these parameters, and there seems to be no way out. I’ve been there too, but Do More Better brings encouraging news. (more…)

  4. The Grace of God for the People of God

    How often do you think about the triune nature of God? Have you ever considered how the doctrine of the Trinity should impact you, as a Christian? Many haven’t, and all would benefit from meditating on the rich truths within this doctrine. Experiencing the Trinity, by Joe Thorn isn’t about fully understanding the nature of the Trinity, the focus is on taking in individual truths and responding to them, digesting them with the hope that your focus would be filled by our great triune God.


  5. Marriage is mythologized by some as the path to true happiness, even self-actualization, while others call it a vestige of simpler times, or at best a mere social construct that can be ignored if one pleases. There are as many visions for marriage as there are people, and yet all seem to miss the point. The meaning. Well, what is the purpose of marriage?

  6. If you are currently church-shopping, dissatisfied with your current church, or considering ways to serve your church, I’d encourage you to read this book. Really, if you’re a Christian, you’d do well to read it regardless. As the title suggests, the focus of this book is to give you biblical criteria by which you can identify a healthy church, and things to do as a pastor (or church member!) to encourage growth in your own church. (more…)

  7. If you’re passionate about Christian history, and need a reminder of what death and persecution truly means the Christian, you want to read this book. Following a mix of fictional and historical characters — mostly Scottish Covenanters during the killing-time — Ballantyne ably portrays gruesome, heart-rending events while weaving several intense plots into one cohesive, powerful story. (more…)

  8. “There was once a little princess whose father was king over a great country full of mountains and valleys. The little princess had never seen the sky at night as the people were much too afraid of the goblins living in the subterranean caverns to let her out of the house then; and they had good reason, as we shall see.”

  9. What would you be willing to give for the expansion of Christ’s great Kingdom? What would you be willing to endure?

    John Piper’s Filling up the Afflictions of Christ examines the lives of three Christian men–Bible translator/smuggler William Tyndale, and missionaries Adoniram Judson and John Paton, telling their stories with fascinating excerpts from biographies and quotes from historians, giving vivid images and ideas of what these men went through–and why and how.

  10. Sayaka wasn’t expecting an earthquake on her last day of school. She hadn’t been expecting a tsunami, either. When a boring day of clock-watching is pushed aside by a disaster that buries her home town, she is left with nothing but questions, anger, and unfinished business with those she loves most–and may never see again.