Monthly Archives: January 2019

My 2019 Reading List…

I recently heard someone say, “Humans largely remain the same except for the people they meet and the books they read.” As a Christian I believe there’s more to it than that, namely the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, but the point is reading books leaves a big impression on one’s life.

In the past I have shot from the hip with most of my reading, jumping into books that I’m interested in or that seem beneficial to my life and ministry. But I have begun to realize the lack of balance and shortsightedness this can bring to the content entering my mind and heart.

So this year I have taken the time to create a comprehensive reading list for 2019. I’ve done so by researching new books, looking at “best of” lists, soliciting recommendations from others, looking at classics from the past, etc. And in doing so I have sought to bring a balance of themes and content to my reading list.

Below is an inventory of the books I plan to read in 2019. My goal is to read 60+ books, but the exact books could change to some degree depending on circumstances throughout the year. I will do so by reading many of these books on Kindle, some hard copy, and a few on Audible. But because I find that there is minimal help in cyberspace for Christian reading lists with balance and depth I wanted to share my plan for 2019…

 

1. Administration 1: “Death by Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni

 

2. Administration 2: “Church Business” by Nathan Freeland

 

3. Administration 3: “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker

 

4. Apologetics: “Apologetics at the Cross” by Joshua Chatraw & Mark Allen

 

5. Christian classic 1: “The Confessions” by Augustine

 

6. Christian classic 2: “Orthodoxy” by G.K. Chesterton

 

7. Christian classic 3: “The Mortification of Sin” by John Owen

 

8. Christian history: “Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church” by Michael Kruger

 

9. Christian living: “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer

 

10. Church 1: “When Narcissism Comes to Church: Loving God and others in the culture of a personality disorder” by David Orrison

 

11. Church 2: “An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind” by Erwin McManus

 

12. Church history: “Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity” by Mark Noll

 

13. Counseling: ”Biblical Counseling Basics: Roots, Beliefs, and Future” by Jeremy Lelek

 

14. Culture 1: “Gay Girl, Good God” by Jackie Hill Perry

 

15. Culture 2: “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt

 

16. Culture 3: “How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age” by Jonathan Leeman

 

17. Discipleship: “Eschatological Discipleship: Leading Christians to Understand Their Historical and Cultural Context” by Trevin Wax

 

18. Finance 1: “The Church Money Manual: Best Practices for Finance and Stewardship” by J. Clif Christopher

 

19. Finance 2: “Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship” by J Clif Christopher

 

20. Eschatology: “Middleism Eschatology: An Answer to the Preterism Heresy” by Stephen Whitsett

 

21. Ethics: “Ethics for Christian Ministry: Moral Formation for Twenty-First Century Leaders” by Joe Trull & Robert Creech

 

22. Evangelism: “Evangelism in a Skeptical World” by Sam Chan

 

23. Gospel: “A Gospel Primer: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love” by Milton Vincent

 

24. Heaven & Hell: “Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels and Demons” by R.C. Sproul

 

25. Holiness 1: “The Holiness of God” by R.C. Sproul

 

26. Holiness 2: “The Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W. Tozer

 

27. Holy Spirit: “The Holy Spirit” by Sinclair Ferguson

 

28. Human Resources: “HR Matters: What you don’t know can hurt your ministry” by Cindy Powell

 

29. Humility: “The Blessing of Humility” by Jerry Bridges

 

30. Leadership 1: “Replenish: Leading from a Healthy Soul” by Lance Witt & John Ortberg

 

31. Leadership 2: “The Preacher’s Portrait” by John Stott

 

32. Leadership 3: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins

 

33. Leadership 4: “The Pastor: A Memoir” by Eugene Peterson

 

34. Marriage & family 1: “Give Them Grace” by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson

 

35. Marriage & family 2: “The Disciple-Making Parent” by Chap Bettis

 

36. Marriage & family 3: “The Marriage Builder” by Larry Crabb

 

37. Marriage & family 4: “Hero: Being the strong father your children need” by Meg Meekers

 

38. Missions: “A Light to the Nations” by Michael Goheen

 

39. Morality: “Disciplines of a Godly Man” by R. Kent Hughes

 

40. Old Testament 1: “Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God” by Paul Copan

 

41. Old Testament 2: “A Tale of Three Kings” by Gene Edwards

 

42. Origins: “Six Days” by Ken Ham

 

43. Personal Growth: “You Are What You Love” by James K.A. Smith

 

44. Prayer: “Praying the Bible” by Donald Whitney

 

45. Preaching 1: “Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism” by Timothy Keller

 

46. Preaching 2: “Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers” by T. David Gordon

 

47. Productivity: “Do More Better” by Tim Challies

 

48. Sexuality: “Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality” by Nancy Pearcey

 

49. Shepherding: “Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense” by Paul David Tripp

 

50. Soteriology: “The Extent of the Atonement” by David Allen

 

51. Spiritual gifts: “Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter” by Thomas Schreiner

 

52. Spiritual growth 1: “Spiritual Growth” by Arthur Pink

 

53. Spiritual growth 2: “All that’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment” by Hannah Anderson

 

54. Spiritual growth 3: “Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of our Identity in Christ” by Melissa Kruger & Jen Wilkin

 

55. Stewardship: “Smart Money Smart Kids” by Dave Ramsey

 

56. Theology 1: “The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments” (on-going read throughout the year)

 

57. Trinity: “Delighting in the Trinity” by Michael Reeves

 

58. Through the Bible 1: Chronological

 

59. Through the Bible 2: “Foundations for Kids: A 260 Day Reading Plan for Kids” by Robby Gallaty (Family Worship Time)

 

60. Worship: “Worship: The Ultimate Priority” by John MacArthur

 

ON THE RESERVE SHELF…

“The Matheny Manifesto” by Mike Matheny

 

“Killing England” by Bill O’Reilly

 

“Bringing Up Boys” by James Dobson

 

“Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Ted Tripp

 

“Fools Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion” by Os Guinness

 

“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

 

“Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Meg Meekers

 

“The Kings Cross” by Timothy Keller

 

“The Gospel” by Ray Ortlund

 

 

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