I read nearly everything written by Ray Ortlund and David Powlison. Why? Because what they write is typically prophetic, poignant, and filled with hope. Below are two articles they each wrote in 2017 that I found incredibly helpful:
"What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?"
This was the question Jon Gauger asked Tim Keller. Keller's answer is both shocking and convicting. Read what he said:
"I would do less surfing of the Internet, without a doubt. There are a hundred other things that would be better: more time with my wife, more time praying and meditating, more time reading. I think the Internet is a friend of information but an enemy of thought. It's great at snippets of information, but it doesn't help you think or reason. In fact, the more you're online, the less patient you are with sustained reasoning and with a longer narrative. It doesn't make you more able to think through critical issues. So I would certainly spend less time on the Internet."
I can't get over this sentence: "I think the internet is a friend of information but an enemy of thought." I've thought a lot about this over the past year or so—in part because of reading Deep Work and The Shallows. Keller puts his finger on that which we all know to be true: the Internet is a hurricane of information. Sadly, this hurricane often leaves our heads spinning—unable to meditate, spend time in solitude, or even to concentrate.
Let's heed Keller's advice in 2018. Spend less time in front of a screen and more time enjoying the company of others and communion with God.
My friend Don Whitney (who also endorsed my book, Mentoring Like Jesus) wrote up ten questions to ask yourself at the beginning of 2018. My favorite of the questions is the first one.
Every year I aim to read a certain amount of books. I do this for two reasons:
Coming out of 2016, a year in which I read 67 books, I decided to slow down my reading pace in order to "chew" on content instead of quickly processing it--thanks for the challenge, David Mikics! With that in mind, I aimed to read 50 books by the end of 2017. As of December 28th, I am three books short of my goal. Here is a list of the books I have read thus far:
Update on 12/30/2017: I was reminded that I read two books I forgot to enter into Goodreads. This brings my total books read for the year to 49.
Here are my top 10 posts from 2017: