Luke at Him read!

Luke from Gracepoint Santa Barbara church, regaled his mom, Dora, with a loud and clear reading of this alphabet book. So of course she caught the experience on video so that you all can say, “awww” and then be inspired to pick up a book yourself, too! You see, we’re all about fostering love of reading for *everyone* here, whether you’re 2, or 22. Or 42. 🙂

Luke At Him Reading! from hemilykim on Vimeo.

Never Fear, The Book Fair is Here (again!)

BU-logoAn update from Bibliopolis U at Gracepoint Berkeley church. We had our first student complete her 4 books, and she’ll be receiving her free 5th book tomorrow! Maybe I can convince her to let me feature her on the blog with a little reading testimonial. Who will be our first post-grad to complete 4 books? 🙂

Anyway, after last Sunday’s smashing success, we loaded up all of the books into one van and had a second book fair this past Friday at DL.

a lot of books

I think we’re just a *little bit* serious about reading here!

While it was a Friday, it felt decidedly less like a Black Friday sale (see video below) than last Sunday, because we had the fair going on throughout the day and people were free to drop in to browse and purchase books at their leisure. There was also classical music and people hanging out reading throughout the rainy day. Very refined indeed.

Remember that we’re having another Book Fair tomorrow after Sunday Worship Service. It’ll be in the gym.

Check out this unscripted commercial for the Book Fair and find out why Jeff wanted to cry. It’s not because of Josh, really! It’ll be less hectic, and even more awesome, because we’ll have about 82 different titles (almost all of the ones on the Recommended Reading List) available tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Book Fair Commercial from hemilykim on Vimeo.

The Case For Books (see what I did there?)

Many people at Gracepoint Berkeley church are rushing up to me saying variations of, “I’m *so* motivated and excited to read more books! But I haven’t read a non-required book in ____ years. I don’t know where to start!” After finding out a little more about people’s reading histories, I often recommend that people start with Lee Strobel’s The Case for _____ books, especially because many people associate Christian books, especially books on apologetics, with words like difficult, dry, boring, complicated, and are demotivated before even starting.

case for christStrobel, a former atheist, traces his journey to faith through his 1999 book, The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus. What I love about his books is that they are very accessible to the everyday person. While it is an apologetics book, it also reads very much like a story — it is investigative journalism, after all — and Strobel uses his background in journalism to weave in details, and even develop tension as he chronicles his own grappling with the evidence he encounters. It is both a compelling and edifying read!

For each chapter, Strobel investigates a different tough question regarding Jesus, through an interview with Christian apologists and theologians, including J.P. Moreland, Greg Boyd, and William Lane Craig. It is a great book for Christians who want to learn the evidence for why you believe what you believe, or how to present the evidence clearly and concisely. I’ve also found it is a great book for people who are not Christians, but seekers who are open to, or in the process of investigating the claims of Christianity.

Additionally, for each of The Case for… books, there is a “Student Edition” (middle and high school range) and a “For Kids” edition (for about 9-12 year olds). Bibliopolis patrons of all ages attest to how great they are.

The kindle version of The Case for Christ is currently $1.99! People often ask me my opinion on e-books. And while e-readers have done a fabulous job of simulating the sense of progress and even the act of flipping a page, I still think reading and holding a physical book, flipping and (sometimes ripping) actual pages is the best reading experience. But I’m no e-reader hater. I even like audiobooks (gasp!). I was kind of snobby about it all for a long time, but I’ve come to appreciate the pros and cons of all sorts of reading. In the end, reading an e-book is better than not reading any book. (You have to re-read that last sentence out loud…I’m on a roll today!)

Have you read any of “The Case for” books? Which is your favorite? (Mine is The Case for Faith.) What’s your take on e-books? Are you a proponent? Opponent?