My Summer Reading List

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by John Ellis

Shortly, Lord willing, my family and I will be enjoying a mini-vacation in the Florida Keys. We are looking forward to swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, relaxing on the beautiful, tranquil beaches of the Keys, and enjoying the best seafood that can be found in this country. During our time there, of course, I will take the opportunity to read and read some more. Some of the books I will be devouring while my kids avoid jellyfish and sharks are listed below. Sadly, I won’t be able to read all twelve books listed while lounging on the beach in Key Largo, but I’ll give it my best shot.

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Read the Bible the Same Way You Read ‘The Lord of the Rings’

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by John Ellis

I’ve written in too many articles to remember that all stories either reflect God’s true Story or rebel against it. It’s also my belief that too many Christians are too unaware of the forest of God’s Story to be able to adequately interact with the trees much less the bark. By that, I mean that many Bible studies are filled with well-intended Believers drilling into the smaller parts before immersing themselves into the whole.

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The Coming Real-Life Jurassic Park and Other Stories of Note

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by John Ellis

It’s time for another round of links to some of my favorite PJ Media articles. Below are links to eight articles that I’ve written over the last couple of weeks. Some of them have proven more controversial than I anticipated while writing them. However, some of them met my expectations for controversy, especially my article about evolution that has over 600 comments, many of them angry.

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My 2017 Reading List: May

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Ok, having read thirteen books in May, my pace has picked back up a bit. Not enough, mind you, to reach my goal of reading two-hundred books in 2017, but that’s alright, I think. As long as I read between twelve to seventeen books a month the rest of the year, I won’t be too disappointed to not reach two-hundred books this year. There’s always 2018, right? I’d also like to point out that we are in the midst of the NBA Playoffs. This means that I’ve watched more TV this past month than I normally watch.

My eleven-year old daughter, however, is on pace to read just over three-hundred books this year (our contest started in February, so the total numbers below reflect four months of reading, not five). Not only is she going to beat me, but she’s going to put my goal to shame. I keep telling her that she needs to remember who controls her allowance. I’m also considering allowing her unlimited technology time. If I do, maybe that will help me close the gap.

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My 2017 Reading List: April

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by John Ellis

After the month of April, my goal of reading two hundred books in 2017 may be out of reach. Having read nine books last month, my total for the first four months of the year is fifty-one. This means that I will need to read one-hundred and forty-nine books during the remaining eight months of 2017. At an average of 18.6 books per month, it’s doable, but highly doubtful. To be fair, in April I began reading Paul: An Outline of His Theology by Herman Ridderbos. That dense tome has eaten up (in a good way) much of my reading time.

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My 2017 Reading List: March

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by John Ellis

It is with great shame and my head hung low[1] that I confess to having only read twelve books this month. A full month of thirty-one days, mind you. I mean, in the “partial” month of February I managed to read eighteen books. I blame the paltry number of books I read this past month on the fact that I spent almost a whole week traveling and guest-lecturing. If I lose to my daughter in the Daddy VS Daughter Reading Challenge, the blame falls squarely and solely on the shoulders of my friend who “forced” me to travel that week.[2]

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Children Should NOT be Allowed to Read Books!

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by John Ellis

It’s not easy to admit that you’ve been wrong; especially when you’ve spent years passionately promoting a position that after further consideration turns out to be detrimental to your children. Over the entirety of our kids’ lives, my wife and I have plied them with countless books, encouraging them to read. To make matters worse, the walls of their bedrooms are covered with bookshelves that are filled with books. The librarians at many of the library branches in our county know our children on sight. Our poor kids have been unable to escape books. Sadly, though, it turns out that we’ve done our children a disservice. But, no more. For their own good, our children will no longer to be allowed to read books.

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