2018 Reading List

2018 One-Word Reviews

January:

1. Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation / Ruth Haley Barton / Inspiring
2. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (Audible Version) / Os Guiness / Good
3. Bhagavad-Gita / trans. by Swami Prabhavananda & Christoper Isherwood / A-Mixed-Bag
4. Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam / Ephraim Emerton / So-so
5. The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul / Mario Beauregard, Ph.D & Denyse O’Leary / Fascinating
6. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life / Os Guiness / Excellent
7. A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation / Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, S. Steve Kang, & Gary A. Parrett / A-Mixed-Bag
8. Betrayal of Trust: Confronting and Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct / Stanley J. Grenz & Roy D. Bell / Eye-Opening
9. Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service / Stephen Seamands / Phenomenal
10. Rewiring Your Preaching: How the Brain Processes Sermons / Richard H. Cox / Practical

February:

11. Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus / J. Mack Stiles / Practical
12. The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission / Christopher J. H. Wright / Excellent
13. The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted / Gary Chapman / Practical & Helpful
14. Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church / Keith and Kristyn Getty / Excellent
15. Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow / Carey Nieuwhof / Practical
16. The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher / Andrzej Sapkowski / Fun

March:

17. Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today / Stephen Bevans & Roger Schroeder / Repetitive
18. Battlefront: Twilight Company / Alexander Freed / Entertaining
19. Becoming a Welcoming Church / Thom Rainer / Practical
20. Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science / Andrew Root / A-Mixed-Bag
21. The Life of St. Benedict: Translation and Commentary / Gregory the Great / Old-School
22. Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus / James Martin / Inspiring
23. Death On A Friday Afternoon: Meditations On The Last Words Of Jesus From The Cross / Richard John Neuhaus / Thought-Provoking
24. The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural / Lee Strobel / Powerful
25. Was the Reformation a Mistake?: Why Catholic Doctrine Is Not Unbiblical / Matthew Levering / Generous

April:

26. The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism / Phillip Johnson / Foundational
27. Becoming Dallas Willard: The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower / Gary W. Moon / Inspiring
28. The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Case for … Series) / Lee Strobel / Excellent
29. Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity / Miriam Adeney / Inspiring

May:

30. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts / Gary Chapman / Practical
31. The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss / David Bentley Hart / Phenomenal!
32. Philosophy of Religion: Thinking About Faith / C. Stephen Evans & R. Zachary Manis / Foundational
33. Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God / Dallas Willard / Fantastic
34. The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters / J.P. Moreland / Great-If-Technical-At-Times-Summary
35. Bible Study That Works / David Thompson / Excellent

August:

36. The Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching / Paul Scott Wilson / Excellent!
37. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church / N.T. Wright / Fantastic
38. On the Reliability of the Old Testament / K. A. Kitchen / Eye-Opening
39. Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of under 250 / Karl Vaters / Practical

September:

40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone / J. K. Rowling / Fun
41. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions / Gregory Koukl / Excellent
42. Does God Exist? Why It Matters / Eric Chabot & Chris Van Allsburg / Good

October:

43. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist / Norman Geisler & Frank Turek / Compelling
44. Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism / Alvin Plantinga / Excellent

November:

45. The Story of Christianity, Vol. 2: The Reformation to the Present Day / Justo Gonzalez / Fantastic
46. The Circle / Dave Eggers / So-So

December:

47. Evil and the Justice of God / N.T. Wright / Interesting
48. Another Man’s Moccasins: A Longmire Mystery / Craig Johnson / Good
49. How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor / James K. A. Smith / Thought-Provoking
50. 1Q84 / Haruki Murakami / Weird
51. The Atonement (Elements in the Philosophy of Religion) / William Lane Craig / Informative
52. Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter / Richard Baxter & Michael Lundy / Excellent-And-Practical

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