So I didn’t exactly read all the books on my list for 2010, but I added several more throughout the year primarily through the reviews, according to my post I read 19 books, but there are several review books I forgot to add on there. So I don’t feel so bad, and now I’m just bringing over the list from last year to this year, plus more ;)
"Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins we Tolerate" by Jerry Bridges
My sister and I are reading through this book together, it’s really good. I just got through chapter 3 which is about the seriousness of sin, I’m now starting chapter 4 which has a little more about the good news :) This book is based on the concept that though we, as Christians, believe that all sins are equal in God's eyes we often live our lives accepting some sins easier than other
Hard to Believe by John MacArthur
Popular perception of Jesus Christ is that of a tempered, genteel man who walked the earth, offering nuggets of wisdom to His followers. But what we sometimes fail to recognize is that although Jesus Christ offered a message of forgiveness, He also spoke challenging, demanding words about what being a follower of Christ requires.
This book is very challenging to read, it’s point-blank and to the point. I respect John MacArthur’s honesty and no apology truth, that carries a message to Christians and churches all over America.
Jesus Lives by Sarah Young
A devotional I started last year, and I carried over to this year.
Luther Gold compiled by Ray Comfort
Quotes and segments from Martin Luther’s ministry, as well as a history overview put together by Ray Comfort.
Soul Print by Mark Batterson
Given to me to review. Amazon’s description of this book “There never has been and never will be anyone like you. But that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you. The problem? Few people discover the God-given identity that makes them unlike anyone else.”
Carried Over From 2010
"Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist" by John Piper
I knew I wanted to get into any John Piper book I could this coming up year. Tim and I had the pleasure of visiting his church back and September and several times since then we have both said "Let's go back" (in fact, we had this conversation last night!!) This book was one of the first ones that I ever knew John Piper wrote. It is based on the concept that as Christians "Delight is our Duty" - it is from this that one of John Piper's more famous philosophies stem "The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever"
I had had this book on my "wishlist" for a while but decided to purchase it after I read Jess' review of it over at Making Home she says "This is, bar-none, the best book on marriage I've ever read. Mr. Thomas clearly lays out God's plan of sanctification, maturity, blessing, and growth through a Christian marriage. I highly recommend it to any man, woman, married or hoping to be married. Happily married couples will find further encouragement; struggling couples will find challenge and hope; future married people will be informed about God's higher purpose. It really is the most solidly biblical portrayal of marriage and intimacy and God's plans that I've yet encountered. Read it."
"Grace Based Parenting" by Tim Kimmel
Recommended by many (including Mark Driscoll). I've had this book for so long I don't know when I got it - I read something by Mark Driscoll recommending it and then saw it on the shelf a few days later... I figured it was a sign, so I took it off the shelf and put it next to my night stand.The synopsis off of Amazon says "Parents in our post-modern world tend to be committed to but anxious about their child-rearing responsibilities. They've tried the countless parenting books on the market, but many of these are strident, fear-based books that loving parents instinctively reject, while still searching for direction.
Now Dr. Tim Kimmel, founder of Family Matters ministries, offers a refreshing new look at parenting. Rejecting rigid rules and checklists that don't work, Dr. Kimmel recommends a parenting style that mirrors God's love, reflects His forgiveness, and displaces fear as a motivator for behavior. As we embrace the grace God offers, we begin to give it-creating a solid foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children."
"Lord Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days" Kay Arthur
Kay Arthur, the beloved author that I can't recall reading a single book of!! I know it can't be so... but seriously, I can't think of any! This is a Bible/Study type book so I was hoping to read/complete this book in between the Beth Moore Study that I am currently in and the Beth Moore study I am hoping to take in the summer or next fall (if the one I want is offered!)
"Say Goodbye to Whining" by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
On the back of the book it says at the top "Help Change Kid's Hearts -Nnot Just Their Behavior"
This book is based on "an honor-based" solution and claims to teach you (1) Six ways to teach honor to your children (2) A three-step approach to deal with meanness (3) Five helpful parenting skills (4) Three Biblical solutions to sibling rivalry and (5) Loads of practical family activities
.... sounds good to me!!....
"What Difference do It Make?" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
This is the second book by Hall and Moore, the first "The Same Kind of Different as Me" I read last year and thoroughly enjoyed. This book is an update as to what they have been up to since the release of their first book. I was actually contacted by Thomas Nelson Publishing and they are sending me a complimentary copy of this book to read and review for you all here!! I cannot wait!! This is an opportunity that I never expected and that completely excites me.
New Books I’ve Added to the List
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
“Why does God allow suffering in the world? How Could a loving God send people to hell? Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? How can one religion be “right” and others “wrong”? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God?”
This book seeks to answer age old questions in an age of skepticism.
Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado
I received this book as a gift, and I’m very excited to read it. A book about making a difference with our one-of-a-kind lives!! Someone told me that it was a walk-through of the book of acts, centered around the early church, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not… I’ll find out and let you all know :)
So there you have it, a rough trail map of what I will hopefully be reading in the next year (or so). Of course in addition to these titles I will be adding in review books and books that come up and are must-reads.
So let’s talk about it!! What is on your to-read list? Which books are you most looking forward to?