As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have made a commitment to read and review at least a book a week. The blog serves as good accountability!
To ensure a diverse reading diet, I am loving Tim Challies’ 2017 Reading Challenge book list. While I’m not reading the books in the exact order he lists, I am sticking to his suggested categories as closely as possible.
Thus far, I’m a little ahead of schedule, but I know the end of the year is always crazy so a healthy buffer will help. Here’s where things stand so far:
- Book 1: Genhis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom, by Jack Weatherford
- Book 2: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport
- Book 3: A Camaraderie of Confidence: The Fruit of Unfailing Faith in the Lives of Charles Spurgeon, George Müller, and Hudson Taylor, by John Piper
- Book 4: The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
- Book 5: The Exemplary Husband, by Stuart Scott
- Book 6: The Tuttle Twins Series, by Connor Boyack
- Book 7: The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, by Albert Mohler
Technically, this last one was a re-read, and it won’t be the only one this year. There are a handful of books I try to read regularly, and Mohler’s book on leadership is definitely one of them! I read it last week with the Worship Ministry interns, and thoroughly enjoyed having our senior pastor, Phil Jones, come and lead our book discussion. It was my third time through the book, and I gain more from it each time!
As for February… I am currently reading four books (I often have different books to be read at different times). These include:
- The Heart of Technical Excellence: How to Start, Train, and Operate a Technical Support Ministry With Excellence, by Curt Taipale — This is one I’m reading with our Director of Media Ministries, Ray Stephens. Reading it mostly while at work.
- Reflections on the Psalms, by C.S. Lewis — Since our pastor’s next sermon series is based on the Psalms, I thought it would be a great time to check out one of the few books by C.S. Lewis that I’ve not yet read. Reading it mostly in the mornings.
- Eugenics and Other Evils, by G.K. Chesterton — Listening to this via an audiobook (downloaded for free from librivox.org) to make the best use of my time while driving.
- The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot, by Russell Kirk — This behemoth has been in my “to read” stack for years, but I’ve finally started digging in. So far, so good! It’s my nightstand book, and probably will be for a couple months.
How about you? What are you reading these days?