The Great ECPC Reading Challenge


On of my favorite aspects of the annual Calvary Chapel East Coast Pastors Conference (ECPC) at Sandy Cove is the “used book” table.  Pastors are encouraged to bring old books from their personal libraries to donate to the table where they are re-sold for $3 each.  This year all the proceeds were donated to Gospel for Asia, an ministry for which I have the greatest respect.

So, for the second year in a row, I made multiple trips to the used book table (they kept putting out more books all the time!) and allowed my book addiction to run wild.  By the time it was over, I had purchased more than 30 “new” books for my library.

The brothers who were with me at the conference know all about my reading obsession.  Even so, they peppered me with questions:

  • Do you really read all of the books that you buy?
  • How long will it take you to read all those books?
  • Will Carol let you back in your house when she sees you’re bringing in MORE books?
  • Do you need prayer, or maybe an intervention?

I’d like to say that the comments got less “snarky” as the week progressed, but they didn’t.  Sometimes I’m convinced that the greatest evidence of my brothers-in-Christ’s love for me is the amount of good-natured abuse they heap on my head.  Anyway…

I’ve decided to set a challenge for myself.  I plan to read every single book that I purchased (new and used) at this year’s ECPC before next year’s conference in May 2013.  In order to stay accountable, I’ll be posting to this blog every few days with updates on my progress and some thoughts about the book(s) that I’m currently reading.  I’m encouraging each of you follow my progress as I work my way through this massive pile of books.

First on the list is “Intensive Faith” by Dan Finfrock at Intensive Care Ministries.  Stay tuned…

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2 Responses to The Great ECPC Reading Challenge

  1. Bill says:

    So, Jim, Michael Hyatt (Chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson) says in an article here ( that “most books are not worth finishing” – heh, from a guy who used to publish books, no less. May not be too much padding in some of those books, but I bet there’s some… :)

    Hope this goes well…

    • Pastor Jim says:

      I’m sure there’s some padding. So far I’ve finished “Intensive Faith” and have started re-reading “Why Grace Changes Everything”. Both of these are excellent books and I’ll be blogging about them in the days to come. Glad you could join me on the journey!