Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Life of Faith

The life of faith is a journey into beholding the glory of Jesus — and “Reading to Walk” is a book to help along the way.

Featuring a collection of thirty meditations, “Reading to Walk: Meditations for the Life of Faith” refocuses the reader’s everyday imagination on the glad news of the gospel. These short meditations, rooted in Scripture and centered on Jesus, encourage and nourish a heart for God by recovering a sense of his nearness in all of life.


Walking by faith and not by sight requires meditation because we must trust what God says is real, not how things merely appear to us. That means we must know what God says about reality, which means we must meditate on what God says, which means we must read what God says. Jonathan Parnell is one of my favorite writers because when I read his profound meditations on Scripture, he helps me see, through the lenses of faith, what is real. He’s a guidance counselor for me. I commend this book to you. It will help you walk through real life toward Real Life.
— Jon Bloom, founder of Desiring God, author, Not By Sight: Fresh Stories of Walking by Faith
When life is confusing and our souls are troubled, our temptation is to run to human wisdom. Reading to Walk is not that. Jonathan looks to God’s word to help us direct our steps. There is One we can trust for our every need, desire, question, and fear ... he is Jesus. Our walk is not by sight, and this book is a helpful guide to our Savior.
— Trillia Newbell, author, United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity, and Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves
Jonathan Parnell is the kind of writer that I need to read. He brings together two essential elements of edifying and enjoyable writing: He is awake to reality, and he is full of the Bible. In these brief meditations, Jonathan presses home the life-shaping truth that Jesus is real, Jesus is alive, and Jesus is present to us in 10,000 ways. Do your soul some good. Read this book.
— Joe Rigney, professor, pastor, author, The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts
Jonathan Parnell has a way with words. But more importantly, Jonathan has a way with the Word, drawing out rich insights that challenge and convince and comfort.
— Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher and author
This little book is filled with daily devotional treasures so deep, so wide, so high, and so long, that it must have been written by a man who’s greatest joy is in walking with God and bringing others on the journey.
— Kirk Cameron, actor and producer
Jonathan Parnell is not just a prolific writer and teacher, but a man with a heart for the deep things of God’s word. This collection of mediations stirs my heart, and I pray this book reminds you how essential the living Word is for a full life.
— Shane Everett, singer-songwriter
Jonathan’s meditations on Scripture will nourish and strengthen your faith. These words provide insight for the reader to see not the author’s ideas, but the beauty and majesty of our Savior more clearly. Read, devour, and be nourished.
— Steven Lee, Pastor of Small Groups, College Church, Wheaton, IL