Reading List 2010

Now that 2009 is ending, it’s time for me to review 2009 and look forward into 2010 for goal setting, dreaming, etc. I’ve received several new books for Christmas, so with those in mind here’s the reading list for 2010 (in no particular order):

New at Christmas this year:
1. A Godward Life by John Piper (120 readings – I’ll certainly work through much of it)
2. Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus edited by Nancy Guthrie
3. A Call to the Unconverted by Richard Baxter (I’ve read some of this online at Google books)
4. The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
5. The Saints’ Everlasting Rest by Richard Baxter
6. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
7. Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger
8. The Decline of African American Theology by Thabiti Anyabwile
9. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd edited by Jonathan Edwards
10. Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker

Other books I already have on my shelf that I’d like to read this year:

  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
  • The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur
  • Hold-overs from last year:

    These books I read parts, much, or most of during 2009 (but did not complete for one reason or another):

  • William Tyndale: A Biography by David Daniell (actually I only need to re-check the book from the library once more and read the last 200 pages)
  • Taste and See by John Piper(it’s a collection of articles)
  • Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue by Brad J. Waggoner and E. Ray Clendenen(also a collection of articles/essays)
  • Confessions of St. Augustine
  • Emma
  • A Practical View of Christianity by William Wilberforce
  • I should finish Ben Hur and I’m positive my wife would like me to finish. We’ll see.
  • At some point I think I should read Jane Eyre. My wife says it’s her favorite book and I’ve heard other women say the same.
  • Others I don’t own, but would like to read:

  • The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-America​n Pastors by Thabiti M. Anyabwile
  • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris
  • What He Must Be: …If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham
  • A book by Tim Keller
  • A book by Mark Dever.
  • That should be more than plenty for 2010. What do you have planned?



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    13 responses to “Reading List 2010

    1. Brian

      Monday night, I finished reading a novel by Andrew Peterson, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. It’s an excellent book! You all should read it as well. Here’s the link:

      On to North, or be Eaten (which I began last night)!

    2. Brian

      Last night I finished the second Wingfeather Saga book: North, or be Eaten. Here’s the link:

      Awesome! I surely hope there’s at least one more to come. So much story left to be told…

    3. Brian

      It seems that I’ve been slow about completing books this year, but to my credit the two I’ve been working on are both OLD writings. I did finish Baxter’s “A Call to the Unconverted” just yesterday. I thought the book to be a very articulate and passionate plea in addition to hard, solid doctrine about the necessity of salvation, how God work(s/ed) salvation, what our part of salvation is, how God can justly demand our repentance, to what end we are to be converted, the benefits of being converted, and the doom that exists for those whose hearts become hardened and refuse to repent.

      Still working on Brainerd, but I’ve also picked up Bridges “Pursuit of Holiness” partly in honor of Lent beginning tomorrow. After I read Bridges work I’m going to work on MacArthur’s “Murder of Jesus”.

    4. Brian

      I’ve completed Jerry Bridges’ The Pursuit of Holiness. This is a hard book to read, but not due to difficult language or it being poorly written. In fact, the writing is very good and the language quite easy to read. The process of holiness is just hard and painful work. Bridges has given the world an incredible handbook for the pursuit of holiness. He is consistent with the Holy Scriptures and points back to the Bible at every turn.

      I’ve now begun MacArthur’s Murder of Jesus and I still am reading Brainerd from time to time. I’m also slowly re-reading Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness.

    5. Brian

      Thanks to and their free monthly download and frequent download sales, I have been listening to all or parts of audio books in the car recently. I listend to Mark Driscoll’s: Religion Saves and 9 other Misconceptions. Pastor Driscoll narrated the book and though I had listened to the sermons before I greatly benefited from listening to the audio book as well.

      In addition, I’ve listend to portions of Desiring God (which I’ve read before), 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die, What Jesus Demands from the World (all John Piper) and The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

      I’ve also just this morning finished listening to The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I absolutely loved listening to this book and have ordered a used hardback. I look forward to reading this one again and again. His characters are wonderfully complex and he paints quite a picture of the human soul, reasons for existence, the existence of God and how that changes the human existence, the beauty of a life devoted to God, the politics of his time with the change toward socialism and so much more!

      I also re-red Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness. I was challenged to more fervent prayer once again as I read the tales from Ashton. It’s a great book and one I defiitely recommend.

    6. Brian

      I’ve now completed reading the Tyndale book and just completed reading The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur

    7. Brian

      Over the past month, I’ve read or completed reading three books:

      The Decline of African American Theology by Thabiti Anyabwile

      Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris


      Championship Fathering by Carey Casey

      They were all excellent, though in different ways. I thoroughly enjoyed Thabiti’s book, though it was rather thick and I wouldn’t recommend it to a casual reader, though for someone interested in Theology and particularly how history has affected Theological trends his book is perfect. Though not an African American man myself, I saw many parallels and came away with a deeper understanding of the state of the greater evangelical church today, particularly in regard to social “gospel”, prosperity “gospel”, differing views of God’s revelation, eschatology, etc.

      Dug down deep is a book I would recommend to anyone. It’s an easy read about deep, foundational issues. Many thanks to Joshua Harris for this one.

      Championship Fathering provides a great call to action to fathers everywhere giving a great plan of fathering by loving, coaching and modelling. Even if a father isn’t much of a sports fan, I think his model and call to action would be a great read. At the end of each chapter, Mr. Casey provides very practical helps and suggestions for application. I think I’ll return to this book from time to time and probably give this as a gift to other fathers.

    8. This past Sunday I finished reading the Life and Diary of David Brainerd. Though it was one of the first I began after Christmas this year, I ended up reading it in spurts, putting it down on more than one occasion while I read from a different work.

      I must admit that it was difficult to work through in the early parts, but as I neared the end of the book my appreciation for and affections toward Mr. Brainerd grew exponentially and I ended the book with a very favorable attitude toward it’s writers, time period, God’s work in and through his life and for the work itself. It’s one I’m sure I will return to again and again. When Brainerd died, I cried.

      Since football season is upon us, I began reading Uncommon by Tony Dungy on Monday and will complete it soon. It’s a quick read, but one that’s very needed especially from one so high-profile as a super bowl winning coach.

      Next: Bondage of the Will by Luther

    9. Last night I completed reading Tony Dungy’s book, Uncommon. I thought it to be a great book urging young men toward manhood: be Uncommon.

      On to Bondage of the Will.

    10. Reading update:
      I signed up for Water Brook/Multnomah’s Blogging for Books and last night finished reading my first book, the Internet Monk’s (Michael Spencer) only publication: Mere Churchianity. I’m not ready to begin the review, but it will come soon.

      I’ve set aside Bondage of the Will for now, though only for a short time. The Saints Everlasting Rest is also set aside in “neutral” for now. Instead I’ve been reading Randy Alcorn’s Heaven.

      While looking at my bookshelf last night, I realized that I have not attempted to begin two books that I received last year as presents: Simple Church by Thom Rainer and The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter. I suppose those will simply roll over to next year’s list.

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