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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    Family Update Sept 24th

    I have not posted an update for 2 months. I think it’s overdue.

    On July 23rd, I left Texarkana. I am now a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for at least the foreseeable future.

    July 25th: I started my new job with Kindred Healthcare via RehabCare at the Northfield Centre for Health and Rehabilitation in Louisville, KY. The transition into Transitional Care Rehab and Long-term care has been a more difficult transition than I imagined, but nonetheless a good one so far. We seem to have a great rehab team and I enjoy working alongside such caring rehab professionals.

    August 3rd: I flew back to Texarkana, we loaded a large U-Haul with the help of family and friends and on August 5th moved into our Townhouse Apartment in Louisville, KY 40223 (there’s a ridiculous # of zip codes in this city).

    September 21: The Murphy family has been attending Third Avenue Baptist Church since our arrival and this past Wednesday we officially became members of 3ABC. We’re thankful for their warm welcome of our family into theirs and look forward to the years ahead of us as we grow close to the 3ABC families and see unbelievers become saved through the Holy Spirit’s work in and through the families of 3ABC. We still miss Shiloh (and Joshua was quite upset at first of our moving our membership until we assured him that he will always have a home at Shiloh – he feels much better about the new church home now) but it is a good and necessary thing to join together with a local church body here in Louisville.

    October 7th: We will welcome our first visitors as Mom and Dad are coming to visit us for a long weekend. We’re all looking forward to that visit!

    October 24th: We are set to close on a house – a house all belonging to us! You can follow this link for pictures, details, etc.

    The townhouse has served us well enough, but we are very excited about our new home, raising our boys and making memories over our next years. We can hardly wait!

    October 29th: Our planned moving date. Wanna help? We’ll take what we can get!

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