Please be clear, I am not overly brainy. In fact one of my teachers in primary school wrote, on a school report, that I was of 'average ability and below average standard'. While I hope my standard has risen my ability remains the same. Yet when I was about nineteen I discovered the joy of reading books and books have given me great pleasure ever since.
This year is my Martyn Llyod-Jones year. I have embarked on a mission to read his fourteen commentaries (sermon compilations) on Romans. I am actually really enjoying them. I also want to read some other books by him - including his book on preaching, his 'Spiritual Depression', and his series on The Sermon on the Mount.
I am keeping a record of the books I am reading this year (I record books finished in the calendar year) and I give a star-rating to these books. I want to mention two books that are getting five stars.
The first is Tim Keller's commentary on Romans 1-7 (I hope that it will be followed by a commentary on the second half of the epistle). I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is concise, readable, evangelical and very insightful. If I could make people read it, I would. This book would be on my prescribed reading lists for young and old Christians alike.
The second is Iain Murray's 'The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones'. This 460-page book is smaller than Murray's previous two-volume biography on Lloyd-Jones (which consists on 1,200 pages). It puts flesh on the writer of the sermons I am reading on Romans, it is perfectly paced, and is interesting enough to make look forward to tucking up in bed and reading before I sleep. The subject matter might not be for everybody but if you are interested in 'The Doctor' this is excellent stuff.