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Jul 2012

What I’m Reading This Summer with Jake Belue

Continuing with our What I’m Reading This Summer series, today we hear from Jake Belue. Among other things, three books Jake is planning to read this summer are:

A History of Christian Missions by Stephen Neill
This book traces the expansion of Christianity from its origins in the Middle East to Rome, the rest of Europe, and the colonial world. It goes on to assess its position as a major religious force worldwide as it has found a home in almost every country. I am interested to learn more about our place in history in accomplishing the Great Commission. I want to trace the spread of the gospel and know how Christ was using various movements to pursue the unreached.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
This is an account of Pacific prisoner of war Louis Zamperini. The book follows Louie’s life from his birth and upbringing, to his impressive career as an Olympic track star, to his time spent as a bombardier in WWII and a Pacific POW, and finally through his long recovery back home in California. After a difficult re-entry, and troubled by alcoholism, flashbacks, nightmares, and rage, he was converted to Christ by Billy Graham. This book is about adventure, and Jesus. You gotta love it!

The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
Everybody needs a little holiness, especially me. I haven’t read much by Bridges, so I thought I’d pick this one up.

Jake is a member of Redemption Hill Church in Richmond, Virginia, and has married been married to his wife Rose for four years. In his free time he enjoys baseball, manual labor, and the summer heat. He and his wife are also hoping to adopt soon! His consuming passion is to see people that are far from Christ brought near, and when he’s not hosting a Rocky movie marathon, he and his wife can be found in the Lakeside Community of Redemption Hill.


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