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Reading List in Review: 2011

For the past several years, I have set out a reading plan. It’s time to review 2011’s goals and what I actually read.
Reading List for 2011

Books I read in 2011:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (at Jo’s request – I’m very glad I read the book, though at times I thought she was crazy for liking the book so much. The Bronte sisters were odd…)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (My first Dickens. This seems to have been a good one with which to start Dickens.)

Non-literature Fiction:
Monster in the Hallows by Andrew Peterson
The Confession by John Grisham
The Summons by John Grisham (re-read)
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Her Heart Can See: The Fanny Crosby Story by Edith Blumhofer
Men of the Bible by D.L. Moody
The Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield by J.C. Ryle

John Feinstein’s Living on the Black
Veeck as in Wreck Bill Veeck

Theology/Christian Living:
The Promise, by Robert Morgan
Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick
Adopted for Life By Russell Moore
Love Wins by Rob Bell
Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Jerry Bridges’ Trusting God
Max Lucado’s Six Hours One Friday(re-read)
Max Lucado’s Cure for the Common Life
A.W. Tozer’s Pursuit of God
Average Joe by Troy Meeder
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
10 Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald S. Whitney
Luke by John MacArthur (study series)
John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary) by R.C. Sproul

Portions read:
Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories by Robert J. Morgan (read most of the stories)
Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion by Samuel Johnson and Samuel Longfellow
Simple Church by Thom Rainer
A God-Entranced Vision of All Things by John Piper and Justin Taylor
G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy
James Fennimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicians
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (in progress)
The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter (in progress)
Crazy Love by Francis Chan (in progress)
This Momentary Marriage by John and Noel Piper (in progress reading along with Jo)

Read with Joshua:
The Magician’s Nephew
The Horse and His Boy (incomplete)
We began reading the “How to Train Your Dragon” Series by Cressida Cowell:
How to train your Dragon
How to be a Pirate
How to Speak Dragonese
How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse
How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (in progress)

At Bedtime:
We again read through:
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
and now working through
The Children’s Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings


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Reading List: 2012

Happy New Year!

Since 2008, I’ve used this blog to set reading goals and track my reading. Here’s my reading list for 2012:

To Finish:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
This Momentary Marriage by John and Noel Piper
The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

New books for the 2012 list:
The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots by J.C. Ryle
Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley Hill
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan
Money, Possessions, and Eternity by Randy Alcorn
Jewish Children by Sholem Aleichem and Hannah Berman
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
Sovereign Grace: It’s Source, It’s Nature and It’s Effects D.L. Moody
Think by John Piper
What is the Mission of the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Litigators by John Grisham
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Baseball Books (that I don’t own, but would like to read):
Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye
Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball by Norman L. Macht

Hold-Overs from Previous Years:

  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus edited by Nancy Guthrie

  • The Saints’ Everlasting Rest by Richard Baxter This one I began in 2010, but only briefly.
  • The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther I also read parts of The Bondage of the Will during 2010, but I want to plan to complete my first reading of this old classic in 2011.
  • Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller
  • Finish Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger
  • By Request of Jo:
    Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery


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    Book Review: Cure for the Common Life

    Cure for the Common Life
    by Max Lucado
    240 pages (I read an ebook version)
    Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006

    Do you ever find yourself in a rut? Do you ever feel like something is missing from your life? Like there must be something more you were meant for?

    This book is for you. Max Lucado is offering a cure for a life that feels so much more common than you ever dreamed it would be. What’s the trick? Max says you should live in the “sweet spot”:

    Use your uniqueness (what you do)
    to make a big deal out of God (why you do it)
    every day of your life (where you do it)

    Max walks the reader through considering the desires, passions and abilities that God has placed within them, leads them to evaluate the kind of work God has given them regularly to do, and consider how to use what he’s given them, where he’s placed them, to magnify God and make his name known. What else could be better?

    In a world that loves big things: lottery winners, the Kardashians, Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder and CEO) and other nobodys-to-somebodys stories, it’s refreshing to read from one who elevates the importance of small things. Not many of us are going to make a large imprint across our nation, but we all have the opportunity to make large impacts on a small amount of people by making small, prayerful, faithful and joyful efforts to make much of God in the life he’s placed us, each and every day.

    I thoroughly enjoy reading Max Lucado. My appreciation for his books dates back 15 years. I’ve read and benefited from Six Hours One Friday, In the Eye of the Storm, When God Whispers your name, Traveling Light, Just Like Jesus and many, many more.

    Cure for the Common Life was no different. Max Lucado has an easy reading style, is a master illustrator, and creatively highlights and teaches biblical truth and values.

    The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze® for purpose of review. It was not required that I give a positive review.

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