2018 Reading List


I averaged 2.5 books per week this year. Here are my top 5.

5. Independent People by Halldor Laxness

After a trip to Iceland to explore the possibility of partnering with a local pastor to plant churches, I decided to research the country by reading their only Nobel laureate in literature. Independent People was a long, slow, and enjoyable book. It was truly an epic, and is worth reading.

4. Paul by N.T. Wright

Wright’s autobiography of Paul was so fun to read. It was informative; it was orthodox; and it was insightful. Wright truly helped me to know more about the Apostle who has shaped so much of my faith and my life.

3. The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

I loved Lewis’s science fiction – which is just as theologically astute as his fantastical Narnia series. In fact, Ransom is one of my favorite literary characters.

2. The Art of Loading Brush by Wendell Berry

This book is on the list because I love Wendell Berry’s work. It his not his best (or his worst). It is definitely worth reading.

1. The Autobiography of John G. Paton

Paton’s autobiography was one of the best books I have ever read. It was inspiring. It was convicting. It was a story full of adventure and life. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. You should definitely read it.

Honorable Mentions…

  • Peace Like a River and Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
  • The Christmas trilogy by Matt Haig
  • The Murderbot series by Martha Wells
  • The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey

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Here is the whole list…

1. The Bible (ESV) – God

2. Benedict Option – Dreher

3. The Kill Shot – Flynn

4. Life Under Compulsion – Esolen

5. Misery of Job… God – Piper

6. Now my Eyes… – Fyall

7. Wounded Healer – Nouwen

8. Iron Gold – Brown

9. Gospel Eldership – Thune

10. Innovators – Issacson

11. Independent People – Laxness

12. Churchill and Orwell – Ricks

13. Be Patient (Job) – Wiersbe

14. Hell Bent – Hurwitz

15. I Burned for your Peace – Kreeft

16. Job (NAC) – Alden*

17. Agent in Place – Greaney

18. Help My Unbelief – Piper

19. Exit West – Hamid

20. The Naturalist – Mayne

21. Shock Wave – Cussler

22. Paul – Wright

23. 12 Rules for Life – Peterson

24. … Underground – Dostoyevsky

25. The Biggest Story – DeYoung

26. Richard Sibbes – Dever

27. Biblical Theology – Roark, Cline

28. Grant – Chernow

29. The Hobbit – Tolkien

30. Conscience – Naselli, Crowley

31. Autobiography of John G. Paton

32. Overkill – Bell

33. Nathan Coulter – Berry

34. Autobiography of Hudson Taylor

35. After You Believe – Wright

36. Holiness – Sproul

37. Stranger in the Woods – Finkel

38. The Prayer… – Mohler

39. St. Francis Assisi – Chesterton

40. No Quick Fix – Naselli

41. Da Vinci – Isaacson

42. The Apostle’s Creed – Meyers

43. The Order of Time – Rovelli

44. Us Againt You – Backman

45. St Thomas Aquinas – Chesterton

46. Riders… Purple Sage – Grey

47. Shane – Schaefer

48. Mere Hope – Duesing

49. The Searchers – LeMay

50. To Die in Vienna – Wignall

51. Out… Silent Planet – Lewis

52. Perelandra – Lewis

53. Hideous Strength – Lewis

54. Spymaster – Thor

55. Concept of Anxiety – Kierkegaard

56. Endling – Applegate

57. King in His Beauty – Schreiner

58. The Art of Loading Brush – Berry

59. Leviathan Wakes – Corey

60. John Knox – Bond

61. Reading… Supernaturally – Piper

62. The Churn – Corey

63. Caliban’s War – Corey

64. God’s of Risk – Corey

65. John Calvin – Lawson

66. Abaddon’s Gate – Corey

67. Charles Spurgeon – Lawson

68. George Whitefield – Lawson

69. Kingdom of God – Schreiner

70. Conversion – Lawrence

71. Cibola Burn – Corey

72. Reformed Dogmatics Vol 4 – Vos

73. Andy Catlett: Early Travels – Berry

74. A World Lost – Berry

75. A Shepherd’s View – Rebanks

76. Reformed Dogmatics Vol 1 – Vos

77. Nemesis Games – Corey

78. Vital Abyss – Corey

79. Christianity Considered – Frame

80. The Meal Jesus Gave – Wright

81. Babylon’s Ashes – Corey

82. Strange Dogs – Corey

83. Persepolis Rising – Corey

84. Love Thy Body – Pearcey

85. Death… Westaway – Ware

86. Romans (BECNT) – Schreiner

87. How the Nations Rage – Leeman

88. Heart… Everything – Drury, Clavin

89. Butcher Anderson Station – Corey

90. Black Flags – Warrick

91. Pastor & Counseling – Pierre, Reju

92. Fantastic Mr. Fox – Dahl

93. Genesis Unbound – Sailhammer

94. Expository Exaltation – Piper

95. James…Peach – Dahl

96. Peace Like a River – Enger

97. All Systems Red – Wells

98. End of Evil – Robinson

99. Atlas Shrugged – Rand

100. The Greatest Fight – Spurgeon

101. Life in Four Stages – Mohler

102. Story of Redemption- Gilbert

103. Artificial Condition – Wells

104. Rogue Protocol – Wells

105. Exit Strategy – Wells

106. Target: Alex Cross – Patterson

107. Transfer of Power – Flynn

108. Taking God… His Word – DeYoung

109. Poirot’s Christmas – Christie

110. Raising a… Knight – Lewis

111. Boy… Christmas – Haig

112. Letters to the Church – Chan

113. Letters… Christmas – Tolkien

114. Girl… Saved Christmas – Haig

115. Lethal White – Galbraith

116. Ethan Frome – Wharton

117. JBC, On Counseling… – CCEF

118. Elders (Part 1) – 9Marks*

119. Elders (Part 2) – 9Marks*

120. Lay Elders (Part 1) – 9Marks

121. Lay Elders (Part 2) – 9Marks

122. Being and Time – Critchely

123. Pre-Persons – PKD

124. OCD – Emlet

125. Worry – Powlison

126. Depression – Welch

127. JBC, On Model – CCEF

128. Virgil Wander – Enger

129. Father Christmas and Me – Haig

130. Anger, Anxiety & Fear – Scott

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