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The Books I Read This Past Year

StottI’m getting oftly bad about this blogging thing, and yet I still enjoy it. So, though I haven’t updated this thing for most of the year, I find it to be the appropriate platform to list the books I read over the past year. Therefore, without any further ado, my 2015 book list:

  • One Nation:  What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future – Ben Carson
  • The Cross of Christ – John Stott
  • The Sigma Protocol – Robert Ludlum
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Geneva Strategy – Jamie Freveletti
  • The Great Divorce – C.S. Lewis
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Equation – Douglas Corleone
  • God’s Lavish Grace – Terry Virgo
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz
  • Alone on the Wall – Alex Honnold
  • U2: At the End of the World – Bill Flanagan
  • Knowledge and Christian Belief – Alvin Plantinga

Recommended Favorites (hard to pick just one):

 

The Books of 2010

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My main two goals of 2010:

1. Average reading a book a week (52 total).

2. Read the entire Bible in a year.

I fell a little short on both (got close!), but here’s the list of books I did manage to read:

 

Craig Bartholomew & Michael Goheen
1. Living at the Crossroads:  An Introduction to Worldview
Jim Belcher
2. Deep Church
Dan Brown
3. Digital Fortress
4. The Lost Symbol
Francis Chan
5. Forgotten God
Mark Dever
6. The Gospel and Personal Evangelism
Mark Driscoll
7. Vintage Church
8. A Book You’ll Actually Read on Church Leadership
9. Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions
Michael Horton
10. God of Promise:  Introducing Covenant Theology
Hugh Halter & Matt Smay
11. The Tangible Kingdom
12. And:  The Gathered and Scattered Church
Tim Keller
13. Counterfeit Gods
14. The Reason for God
15. The Prodigal God
16. Generous Justice
Dave Kraft
17. Leader’s Who Last
C.S. Lewis
18. Mere Christianity
19. The Screwtape Letters
20. The World’s Last Night and Other Essays
21. The Abolition of Man
22. The Magician’s Nephew
23. Surprised by Joy
Robert Ludlum
24. The Ambler Warning
C.J. Mahaney
25. Living the Cross Centered Life
George M. Marsden
26. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards
Brian McLaren
27. A New Kind of Christian
Donald Miller
28. Through Painted Deserts
Al Mohler
29. Atheism Remix
Grant Morrison
30. Batman R.I.P.
Barack Obama
31. The Audacity of Hope
Ray Ortlund Jr.
32. Whoredom:  God’s Unfaithful Wife in Biblical Theology
Darrin Patrick
33. Church Planter:  The Man, The Message, The Mission
Ron Paul
34. The Revolution
John Perkins
35. Confessions of an Economic Hitman
John Piper
36. Finally Alive
37. The Supremacy of God in Preaching
Vaughan Roberts
38. God’s Big Picture
Charles Ryrie
39. Dispensationalism
Jason Stellman
40. Dual Citizens:  Worship and Life Between the Already and Not Yet
Francis Shaeffer
41. A Christian Manifesto
Mary Shelly
42. Frankenstein
Owen Strachan & Doug Sweeney
43. Jonathan Edwards on Hell
Mark Twain
44. Huckleberry Finn

I’ve got some fresh goals for 2011, and I’ll post them on here soon 🙂

Two New Goals…

Two New Goals-01I’m currently fulfilling a goal to read an average of a-book-a-week for this entire year.  It’s been fun so far.  Really fun actually.  I’d suggest this goal to anyone (unless you’re in seminary or law school or in some other situation where additional reading might make you lose your mind).  At least a few of my reasons for setting the a-book-a-week goal are:

1) To better develop my mind and thus better love God with my mind (Mark 12:30).

2) To practice writing by briefly reviewing the books upon completion.

3) To be relevant.  I think the whole “relevancy” thing can be pushed too far, but it’s still true that we need to understand the world in which we live.  And, reading books may actually be a better way to pursue relevancy than watching tv or reading newspapers. I say this because the material in books has usually been mulled over for a longer period of time, and thus may contain more mature thought than other forms of media.  In fact C. S. Lewis lamented the fact that boys in his day were encouraged to stay abreast of current news.  As he says in Surprised by Joy, “I think those are very wrong who say that schoolboys should be encouraged to read the newspapers.  Nearly all that a boy reads there in his teens will be known before he is twenty to have been false in emphasis and interpretation, if not in fact as well, and most of it will have lost all importance.  Most of what he remembers he will therefore have to unlearn; and he will probably have acquired an incurable taste for vulgarity and sensationalism and the fatal habit of fluttering from paragraph to paragraph to learn how an actress has been divorced in California, a train derailed in France, and quadruplets born in New Zealand” (152-153).  So I want to read a lot of books because with Lewis, I believe it is better learning.

However, the thought hit me today that, in addition to the reading, I also want to find at least one good quote from every book that I read.  I want to take these quotes and catalogue them so that I have a readily accessible list of good quotes when I am preparing a sermon or writing an article or book.  So this is goal #1.

Goal #2 is to try to witness to at least one person a week.  This is what I was asked to do while in seminary at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.  While I did not love everything about the way in which the seminary asked us to pursue this endeavor, I do think it was a great requirement.  I know that the Bible plainly teaches that I’m to share the gospel regularly.  I’ve never quit believing this, but I have not challenged myself to pursue evangelism (the first step in disciple-making) enough since seminary.  So I’m setting a goal of witnessing to at least one person a week for the rest of the year.  I’m going to reevaluate this goal at that time, see if I fulfilled it, and ask myself whether I should change it in any way.

So there you go.  Two unrelated goals.  We’ll see how I do.