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Jul 2012

What I’m Reading This Summer with Rick Collins

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

A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in the Worship of God by Richard Steele
An ex-inmate who was in for a white collar crime highly recommended this book that I have just started reading. Richard Steele was an English Puritan in the 1600s, and I will be sure to let everyone know what the “remedies” will be so my mind will not wander any longer.

The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
This is a fantastic book that does not sugar coat the fact that the gospel is bloody and horrific. We are in a bible study with a group of dear friends who are fast becoming antinomian in their belief system; so parts of this book (and surprise, scripture) have been helpful in our late evening discussions.

Basketball Junkie: A Memoir by Chris Herren
I have just about completed reading the amazing, and true, story of a Boston kid (Chris) who made it to the NBA, but ended up in prison due to drug addiction, and lost everything. It’s a tragic story, but has a measure of redemption in the end as he ends up on his knees in desperate need of God’s intervention in his life.

Rick is a member of Redemption Hill Church in Richmond, Virginia, and has married been married to his wife Nancy for 38 years, who was the high school cheerleader/sweetheart that announced his name when he played hoops in high school (He is still bitter that it was a technical foul to dunk when he played in high school). Rick and Nancy have three adult children: Holly, Jeremy, and Timothy, who all still insist that dad pay for dinner. In his free time he enjoys college basketball, and chasing a white ball around a golf course; but his true passion lies in being a prison chaplain and teaching and caring for those who are incarcerated.


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