What I Read in 2018

Hello everyone, and happy almost New Year! I promise we’ll have a proper family/ministry update soon, but each year, I typically post a list of the books I’ve read over the past 12 months. This is partially because people have asked in the past for recommendations, and partly because it helps me to look back and think about some of the written data I’ve consumed over the year. I’m only posting books I’ve read cover to cover in 2018. I’ll make some comments here and there, and as a side note, I certainly don’t endorse every book or author as holding to my own particular beliefs (especially because the vast majority of my reading is related to Christianity). I’ve separated the books loosely by category, mostly fairly specific, with an added catch-all Theology/Christianity/Other category at the end. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to ask questions, make comments, and let me know what you’ve been reading yourself ūüôā

Fiction:
The Chronicles of Narnia: A Horse and His Boy – C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle РC.S. Lewis РIt was a joy to finish up reading my favorite childhood books to Maggie, our oldest, fairly early this year. I regularly came close to tearing up. Lewis is a master. 
Out of The Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis
Perelandra – C.S. Lewis – Wow! Lewis’¬†versatility¬†is¬†amazing.¬†I¬†look¬†forward¬†to¬†finishing¬†up¬†the¬†space¬†trilogy¬†this¬†year,¬†and¬†every¬†time¬†I read¬†a¬†new¬†book¬†from¬†him,¬†he¬†is¬†solidified¬†as¬†my¬†favorite¬†author.
Alice in Wonderland/Through The Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll

Spiritual¬†Disciplines: I¬†taught¬†a¬†series¬†on¬†spiritual¬†disciplines,¬†or¬†“Rhythms”¬†as¬†I¬†called¬†the¬†series,¬†for¬†our¬†church’s¬†young¬†adults¬†group¬†this¬†year.¬†Most of these¬†books¬†were¬†immensely¬†helpful! I’ve¬†organized¬†them¬†here¬†by¬†category¬†(prayer,¬†fasting,¬†etc.)
A Long Obedience In The Same Direction – Eugene Peterson
The Spirit of the Disciplines – Dallas Willard
Renovations of the Heart in Daily Practice – Dallas Willard & Jan Johnson
Celebration of Discipline – Richard Foster
Habits of Grace – David Mathis
Power Through Prayer – E.M. Bounds
Praying – J.I. Packer & Carolyn Nystrom
Letters to Malcolm (Chiefly on Prayer) – C.S. Lewis
Prayer: Conversing with God – Rosalind Rinker
A Hunger For God РJohn Piper РThis is the book I would recommend to anybody for fasting!
God’s Chosen Fast – Arthur Wallis
The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace – Richard Barcellos
The Sabbath – Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Practice of the Presence of God (and Spiritual Maxims) – Brother Lawrence
Lent for Everyone: Matthew, Year A – N.T. Wright
Family Worship – Don Whitney

Commentaries:
Daniel (NIVAC) – Tremper Longman III
Daniel (Reformed Expository Commentary) – Iain Duguid
A Theology of James: Wisdom for God’s People – Christopher Morgan
The Letter of James (PNTC) – Douglas Moo
The Spirit, The Church, & The World – John Stott – An¬†excellent¬†commentary¬†on¬†the¬†book¬†of¬†Acts¬†that¬†I read¬†for¬†fun¬†and¬†as¬†a¬†supplement¬†as¬†I¬†study¬†through¬†Acts¬†in¬†a¬†School¬†of¬†Ministry¬†class¬†I’m¬†taking.
God’s Wisdom For Navigating Life – Tim Keller – Not¬†a¬†strict¬†commentary¬†per¬†se,¬†but¬†this¬†was¬†my¬†choice¬†of¬†devotional¬†this¬†year,¬†and¬†Keller¬†gave¬†great¬†insights¬†on through¬†the¬†book¬†of¬†Proverbs

Bible Study:
How To Read The Bible Book By Book – Gordon Fee & Douglass Stuart
Living By the Book – Howard & William Hendricks
The Bible from 30,000 Feet – Skip Heitzig

Homosexuality:¬†A specific¬†category¬†to¬†be¬†sure,¬†but¬†I¬†taught¬†on¬†the¬†subject¬†for¬†our¬†church’s¬†high¬†school¬†group¬†earlier¬†in¬†the¬†year,¬†and¬†figured¬†three¬†books¬†was¬†enough¬†to¬†warrant¬†its¬†own¬†category
What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? – Kevin DeYoung
God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships РMatthew Vines РI wanted to read one book from an opposing view that allows for Christians to be practicing homosexuals. As expected, the logic was full of unwarranted presuppositions and based on flawed and lazy biblical interpretation.
Is God Anti-Gay? – Sam Allberry

Church:
Becoming A Welcoming Church – Thom Rainer
Calvary Chapel Distinctives – Chuck Smith
Gather God’s People: Understand, Plan, and Lead Worship in Your Local Church – Brian Croft & Jason Adkins

Eschatology:
Four Views on the Book of Revelation – Kenneth Gentry, Sam Hamstra, Marvin Pate, & Robert Thomas
The Last Days According to Jesus РR.C. Sproul РI have the utmost respect for the brilliant, late R.C. Sproul, and agree with him on many things. His preterist position is not one of them.

Missions: 
Cross-Cultural Connections – Duane Elmer
Serving As Senders Today – Neal Pirolo
Sundar Singh: Footprints Over the Mountains РJanet & Geoff Benge РI was surprised and a bit shamed to realize I only read one biography this year! Considering, I just put this one under missions. But this one was amazing and challenging to my Christianity.

Theology/Christianity/Other:
The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler – I loved¬†Chandler’s¬†overview¬†of¬†the¬†Gospel¬†in¬†the¬†air¬†and¬†on¬†the¬†ground,¬†an¬†extremely¬†helpful¬†way¬†of¬†explaining¬†Christianity,¬†especially¬†to¬†young¬†adults
Simply Christian – N.T. Wright
The Whole Christ – Sinclair Ferguson
Knowing God – J.I. Packer
In His Image – Jen Wilkin
Garden City – John Mark Comer
Every Good Endeavor – Tim Keller
Just Do Something – Kevin DeYoung
Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper
Desiring God – John Piper – Both¬†of¬†these¬†books¬†by¬†Piper¬†are¬†amazing.¬†I’ve¬†had¬†a¬†good¬†grasp¬†of¬†his¬†Christian¬†Hedonism¬†concept¬†through¬†listening¬†to¬†his¬†sermons,¬†but¬†specifically¬†the¬†last¬†two¬†chapters¬†of¬†Desiring¬†God¬†ignited¬†a¬†renewed¬†passion¬†in¬†me¬†for¬†dying¬†to¬†self¬†for¬†the¬†sake¬†of¬†God’s¬†glory.
Andrew Murray on the Holy Spirit – Andrew Murray
Absolute Surrender – Andrew Murray
Humility – Andrew Murray
That Incredible Christian – A.W. Tozer
The Pursuit of God – A.W. Tozer
Words to Winners of Souls – Horatius Bonar
The Skeletons in God’s Closet – Joshua Ryan Butler
Shepherding A Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp
Come Let Us Adore Him – Paul Tripp
Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl – One¬†of¬†only¬†a¬†couple¬†of¬†non-Christianianity-based¬†books¬†on¬†my¬†list,¬†but¬†very¬†informative¬†and¬†helpful.¬†There¬†was¬†a¬†lot¬†of¬†truth¬†here¬†that¬†had¬†me¬†thinking¬†deeply.

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